Reading at home
Reading at home with your child is one of the easiest, yet most important ways in which you can support your child. Regularly reading with, and to, your child will develop important skills that will boost their reading ability and success across the curriculum.
At St James's we recommend reading with your child every day - a little a day, every day. The minimum we ask is three times a week. All pupils have a Reading Record in which to record what they have read at home and the 'comments' column allows you, and as they get older the children, to reflect on their reading. Click here to read our Reading Records guidance.
The Reading Environment
Try to make reading at home a calm, special and enjoyable part of the day, so that children learn to love reading as they grow. Make time for reading and approach the activity with a positive mindset and enthusiasm.
Pupils will be bringing books home to read which have been allocated based on your child's phonics and reading ability. In addition, pupils will regularly visit the school library and borrow books to share at home. We also have a fantastic online platform called Bug Club, where pupils can log in at home and access electronic books and games. Click here to read the Bug Club letter to parents.
Remember you can always find your own reading material to share at home. Read whatever children show an interest in, for example, recipes, construction manuals or comics. Visit your local library or charity shop to keep costs low.
When children first learn to read, they will take part in daily phonics lessons here at St James's. As a school we follow letters and Sounds and use resources such as Phonics Bug to enhance our teaching. The books children bring home in Reception, Year 1 and 2 will be inline with their Phonics ability. Your child may also be allocated phonics games alongside electronic books through the Bug Club system. Click here to visit our phonics page.
Reading to your child
Children are never too old to be read to! Hearing a text read helps children of all ages to learn the pattern and flow of the English language. It helps to develop fluency, expression and intonation. Another way to enhance these skills is through listening to audio books.
Hearing your child read
At St James's we aim to develop a child's ability to decode the print on a page alongside their ability to understand and analyse texts. There are support pages for parents in the front and back cover of many of the books your child will bring home and in our electronic Bug Club books, with questions for pupils to answer. In addition these question banks could be used at home:
Additional documents and links to support reading at home