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Helmingham Primary School & Nursery

Reading & Phonics

At our school the children develop a love of reading and achieve well.  We have guided reading sessions, time for independent reading and the staff share reading with their class.

Families can play a really important in supporting reading and join us in school for shared reading sessions.

Our Early Years and KS1 children use Letters and Sounds to learn their phonics and receive daily phonics sessions.

Websites to help with phonics

Here are some top tips to help you encourage your child to develop a love of reading:

Make time: research shows that reading with your child for as little as 10 minutes a day can significantly boost how well they do at school. Setting aside a regular time every day to read with your child, even if it’s for 10 minutes, is key e.g. when they get in from school or reading a bedtime story together.

 Let your child choose: your child is more likely to enjoy reading if they get to choose what they read. Join your local library for free and they can explore the world!

Try different reading materials: as well as fiction there is a whole world of comics, magazines, ebooks, audio books and non-fiction to discover.

Everybody read: encourage your child to read with grandparents, brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles and let your child see family members reading.

Get comfortable! : Snuggle up together somewhere warm and cosy, whether it’s in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa.

Bring stories to life: when you read stories out loud with your child, bring out your inner actor! Give characters different voices and mannerisms, make the scary bits scary. Try pausing the story and asking your child what happens next. You could also act out parts of the story together.

Be positive: praise your child for trying hard at their reading and let them know it’s alright to make mistakes.

Re-Reading: Encourage your child to re-read the books and poems they love. Re-reading helps to build fluency and confidence.

Reading Pictures: Reading is not just words. Even non-readers can read from pictures. Ask questions they will be able to tell you what is happening!

Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read. Start with ‘Where did we get to last time?’, ‘Can you remember what’s happened so far?’ and 'What do you think will happen next?'. Check their understanding with ‘What does that word/phrase mean?’ Just because a child can read the word does not mean they understand it!

All primary age children should read out loud to someone….even in Year 6!

More advice to encourage reading

Pearson - Enjoy Reading

Book Trust