Downsview Community Primary School

Learning and Achieving Together

Reading at Home

Reading for Pleasure

In the National Curriculum, there is a big emphasis on reading for pleasure. In school, we make use of our well-resources library area as well as our well-kept, engaging book corners, which the children love!

How you can help at home?

The importance of parents and the home environment are essential to the early teaching of reading and for fostering a love of reading. Research repeatedly shows that parental involvement in their child’s reading is immensely powerful. 

Reading to your child develops your son or daughter’s language and vocabulary, as they are hearing texts that they may not necessarily be able to read themselves. Why not make it exciting and fun? Make the characters come to life by using funny voices.

For a younger child, who not share a book? Reading a story that repeats key words, phrases or sentences which your child can join in with encourages enjoyment for reading.

Read a range of texts to your child. These texts could include: picture books, longer novels, poems, magazines and newspapers.

Visit the local library with your child.

Encourage your child to write for a purpose. This could include: shopping lists, gift labels, captions or cards.

Practice using common exception words/ spelling lists in the correct context – allow the children to both read and write these words.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Mr. L. Coulson