One of the most important things that your child can do at home is read. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, reading at home will improve your child’s imagination as well as impact their ability to learn new words to spell.
Browse through the Revision and Homework section on the website for tasks that your child can complete at home. There are a variety of tasks for all ages that will help to improve both reading and writing skills.
Read the same book as your child; that way, you can discuss the action as it happens and pose questions to your child about the book.
Read yourself: pupils are a lot more willing to read if they see the adults in their life reading too. Check out our Bestsellers lists for some ideas:
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan Edwards
Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders
The Book of You by Claire Kendal
The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons
Visit your local library with your child.
Whilst watching a television programme or film, pause it. Ask your child to predict what they think will happen next using the information they have already been given, or summarise what they have already seen.
Encourage your child to write a diary or review regularly. Focus on neat handwriting and spelling.
What to do if your child says…
Reading this book is boring: you can expose them to another kind of reading at home that is related to their interests.
I don't have the time: School, friends, sports, homework, television, and chores all compete for their time. Perhaps create a schedule to make time for reading.
It's too hard: For some children, reading is a slow, difficult process. If your child is having a hard time reading, find interesting books and materials written at a level that matches your child's reading ability (more information below).
It's not important: Often children don't appreciate how reading can be purposeful or relevant to their lives. Find reading materials on subjects that do matter to your child.
It's no fun: For some children, especially those who have difficulty reading, books cause anxiety. Even for children with strong reading skills, pressure from school and home that emphasise reading for performance can make reading seem like a chore. Our advice: take the pressure off reading so that your children can enjoy it.