Reading with your child

"Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything."
- Tomie Depaola

Reading with your child is one of the most important things you can do to help your child. It supports their language and vocabulary acquisition as well as helping them to access the rest of the curriculum. At Bewsey Lodge, we expect children to read at home for at least 15 minutes each day. This should be focused on using their knowledge of sounds to read words and also understanding the texts.

To further support you at home, we have provided reading support packs which include resources such as questions to help you to read with your child in the best way. If you need additional resources and support, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Top 20 Books

In addition to the reading books that children receive linked to their reading level, we also want children to be able to read books for pleasure. Therefore, we have introduced a shelf of the top 20 recommended books for each year group in classrooms. Each child will have a library card and can choose to take one of these special books home to read either themselves or with an adult. These books are purely for enjoyment and will further expose the children at Bewsey Lodge to a range of texts that they might not otherwise pick up.

Top Tips

- Read a range of texts including newspaper or magazines

- Could your child read to a younger sibling or family member? This can help with their confidence and expression.

-Visit your local library to access hundreds of free books!

- Try reading e-books on your tablet

How do children learn to read in school?

Children learn phonics from nursery and reception using Read Write Inc

They continue the Read Write Inc Programme throughout key stage 1 

Children are read to each day, we also have a reading area in each class so that children can choose and enjoy books

We teach reading comprehension in focused lessons each week, see our English page to find out more

Teachers and teaching assistants will read with children as regularly as possible

Year 6 pupils have access to the Reading Plus programme to support them both at home and in school


Videos to support phonics (EYFS and KS1)

Visit your local library

Read some stories online 

ks1_parent_questions.docx- Questions to ask key stage 1 children

ks2_reading_questions_parents.docx- Questions to ask key stage 2 children

rwi_sounds.pdf- Read Write Inc sounds