Reading at Home

Don't forget to sign up to, and take part in, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020!

For more information see our Parent Mail or follow the link to the website https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

Supporting Reading at Home During School Closures

During this strange time of home schooling, amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are keen for our children to continue growing as readers. Many parents are asking how they can best support reading, when access to school books/ libraries etc. is limited.

Ultimately, any reading is better than no reading - whether that's the back of a cereal packet, the instructions in a recipe or the newspaper! It doesn't matter. And reading is so much more than just listening to your child read their school book.

Here are suggestions of how you can support your children with reading during this time at home.

Remember to contact your child's class teacher if you need further support.

What can we read?

Unfortunately due to school closures and social distancing, we are unable to provide children with a daily school reading book. It can be hard to know what to read, especially with younger children. Here are a few suggestions!

KS1

  • Use Collins Big Cat e-books - These books link to our school scheme and support children in the early stages of reading. These books should be familiar to your child and have a range of quizzes/ interactive elements too.
  • Oxford Owl - Oxford Owl have a range of free e-books which are similar to the books we use in school. They also provide lots of useful advice for parents about reading with children in KS1. https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-age-4-5-reception/
  • Read to your child - Reading to your child has numerous benefits and is so important. It's essential to model good reading to children and it's also a lovely experience to share books with children. Don't underestimate the power of reading to your child.
  • Keep up phonics work to support decoding - Phonics Play is a free website during the Covid-19 Pandemic and has a wealth of resources your child can interact with. You can also find suggestions of practical phonics ideas on Mrs Dyer's virtual classroom (click button to the right). Working on decoding skills is highly valuable for young children.
  • Talk about books - Reading isn't just about reading and decoding the words on the page. It's essential that children develop understanding of what they are reading. Talking about pictures or stories will really support this. Our parent reading guides give ideas of questions you can use when talking about books with your child. Click the green button (to the right) to go to our guides.
  • Listen to Audio Books - There are so many audio books available for free. Listening to a story and then talking about it or answering questions about it is a really useful activity.
  • Amazon Kindle - You can sign up for a month long free trial and this gives access to lots of books.
  • Read books you have at home together. Take it in turns to read sentences and find words your child will be able to read within the stories you have in your own collections.
  • Enjoy listening to or watching authors read stories online! https://www.youtube.com/user/puffinbooks1/videos
  • Enjoy Michael Rosen's stories and poems https://www.youtube.com/user/artificedesign/videos
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KS2

  • Use whatever you've got at home! Support your child in choosing books to read that you've got at home. Dig out books you may have lurking on a bookshelf somewhere. Where necessary, take it in turns to read from the books and spend lots of time chatting about what's been read. Challenge them to read things they may not normally choose.
  • Listen to Audio Books - There are so many audio books available for free. Listening to a story and then talking about it or answering questions about it is a really useful activity. Deep discussion and questioning around a text will really support comprehension skill development.
  • Amazon Kindle - You can sign up for a month long free trial and this gives access to lots of books.
  • Read to your child and talk, talk talk! Reading to your child has numerous benefits and is so important. It's essential to model good reading to children and it's also a lovely experience to share books with children. Don't underestimate the power of reading to your child and then talking in detail about what you've read. Click the button to the right to see our parent guides, which include good questions to ask children when reading.
  • Oxford Owl E-Books - Oxford Owl has a huge range of resources to support reading at home. Follow this link and select your child's age range for tips and free e-books. https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/
  • Work on Comprehension Skills - Use Read Theory as set by your teachers, or try BBC Bitesize to help your child work on comprehension skills. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zs44jxs
  • If you are not sure what to give your child next in terms of reading choices, this website has fantastic ideas of how to help your child branch out in their reading https://www.booksfortopics.com/branching-out .
  • Enjoy listening to or watching authors read stories online! https://www.youtube.com/user/puffinbooks1/videos
  • Enjoy Michael Rosen's stories and poems https://www.youtube.com/user/artificedesign/videos
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The Library

Although you cannot physically visit the local library, there are many digital resources you can access through the library. You need a free account, but then you can access ebooks, audiobooks, emagazines and more.

For more information, follow these links.

https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries

https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries/ebooks-eaudiobooks-emagazines-enewspapers

Reading to Your Child

For some parents, reading stories aloud comes naturally. For others, it can be a little outside of their comfort zone. However, it is hugely beneficial for you and your children to enjoy storytime together. Make the most of the time you have at home together and enjoy endless storytime.

Follow this link to find out how to make storytime that little bit more magical. https://ounews.co/education-languages-health/childhood-youth/reading-with-children-7-steps-to-making-it-magical/