The Importance of Daily Reading

Dear parents and carers,

Please ensure that your child is reading with you at home daily, for at least 10 minutes. A comment should then be made in their home/school liaison book. This comment should record any difficulties your child may have had with the words or sounds within their reading book, so that their class teacher can continue to support them with these areas of weakness. Please also give an indication of how well your child has understood the text. You can determine this by referring to the Guided Reading Questions, attached to this blog.

The skill of reading fluently and being able to comprehend what is read is an important part of any child’s development. It has a positive impact on all subjects, for example, understanding word problems in maths and fact finding in history. Your child/children are getting a lot of reading exposure in school through our class novels, phonics and guided reading sessions, but reading for at least 10 minutes a day at home can improve self-esteem and reading for pleasure is associated with better sleeping patterns. Research also shows that children who read books from a young age often gain higher results at age 16, than those who read less regularly.

Please refer to the year group reading trails for support of books we recommend that your child may enjoy reading or hearing. This should be in addition to their reading scheme book from school.

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to see what is being read when we check the liaison books.

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