Parent and Carer information to support your child's reading (DfE July 2020):
Reading helps your child’s wellbeing, develops imagination and has educational benefits too. Just a few minutes a day can have a big impact on children of all ages.
Try to read to your child every day. It’s a special time to snuggle up and enjoy a story. Stories matter and children love re-reading them and poring over the pictures. Try adding funny voices to bring characters to life.
Give children lots of opportunities to read different things in their own time - it doesn’t just have to be books. There’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, magazines, recipes and much more. Try leaving interesting reading material in different places around the home and see who picks it up.
Choose a favourite time to read together as a family and enjoy it. This might be everyone reading the same book together, reading different things at the same time, or getting your children to read to each other. This time spent reading together can be relaxing for all.
Make a calm, comfortable place for your family to relax and read independently - or together.
Libraries in England are able to open from 4 July, so visit them when you’re able to and explore all sorts of reading ideas. Local libraries also offer brilliant online materials, including audiobooks and ebooks to borrow. See Libraries Connected for more digital library services and resources.
This is a great way to make connections, develop understanding and make reading even more enjoyable. Start by discussing the front cover and talking about what it reveals and suggests the book could be about. Then talk about what you’ve been reading and share ideas. You could discuss something that happened that surprised you, or something new that you found out. You could talk about how the book makes you feel and whether it reminds you of anything.
You could try cooking a recipe you’ve read together. Would you recommend it to a friend? Alternatively, play a game where you pretend to be the characters in a book, or discuss an interesting article you’ve read.
Play games that involve making connections between pictures, objects and words, such as reading about an object and finding similar things in your home. You could organise treasure hunts related to what you’re reading. Try creating your child’s very own book by using photos from your day and adding captions.
You know your child best and you’ll know the best times for your child to read. If they have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) then short, creative activities may be the way to get them most interested. If English is an additional language, encourage reading in a child’s first language, as well as in English. What matters most is that they enjoy it.
Below you will find some useful websites in supporting parents with phonics and early reading:
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Oxford Reading Owl - This parent page is extremely helpful in advising parents how to support particular aspects of reading.
PhonicsPlay - Parents are by far the most important people in helping children learn to read. Here you will find lots of information for parents about phonics including: what exactly phonics is, how it is taught in UK schools and suggestions for helping pre-schoolers prepare for learning phonics. You will also find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home
Alphablocks - Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics. Play the learning game, watch clips and print activity pages.
At Roselands we use Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine to introduce children to quality texts at an appropriate age. The Reading Spine helps schools to build a core selection of the very best books to read aloud with children. It is a core of books that create a living library inside a child’s minds: a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story, fostering a love of reading from Nursery through to Year 9. We encourage our families to share these books too.
Recommended Reading Books
Recommended Reading Books
Owl Babies – Martin Waddell
The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
Handa’s Surprise – Eileen Browne
Mr Gumpy’s Outing – John Burningham
Rosie’s Walk – Pat Hutchins
Six Dinner Sid – Inga Moore
Mrs Armitage – Quentin Blake
Whatever Next – Jill Murphy
On the Way Home – Jill Murphy
Farmer Duck – Martin Waddell
Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise-Brown
Shhh! – Sally Grindley
Peace at Last – Jill Murphy
Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? – Martin Waddell
Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
The Elephant and the Bad Baby – Elfrida Vipont and
Avocado Baby – John Burningham
The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
Lost and Found – Oliver Jeffers
Knuffle Bunny – Mo Willems
Beegu – Alexis Deacon
Dogger – Shirley Hughes
Cops and Robbers – Alan and Janet Ahlberg
Elmer – David McKee
Traction Man is Here - Mini Grey
Meerkat Mail – Emily Gravett
Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman
Pumpkin Soup – Helen Cooper
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? – Lauren Child
Dr Xargle’s Book of Earthlets – Tony Ross
Not Now Bernard – David McKee
Tuesday – David Wiesner
The Flower – John Light
Gorilla – Anthony Browne
Emily Brown and The Thing – Cressida Cowell
Frog and Toad Together – Arnold Lobel
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark – Jill Tomlinson
Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
The Hodgeheg – Dick King-Smith
Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown
Willa and Old Miss Annie – Berlie Doherty
The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
Cat Tales: Ice Cat – Linda Newberry
The Sheep-pig – Dick King-Smith
The Abominables- Dick King-Smith
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
The Battle of Bubble and Squeak
Bill’s New Frock – Anne Fine
Charlotte’s Web – EB White
Why the Whales Came – Michael Morpurgo
The Firework Maker’s Daughter – Phillip Pullman
The Snow Walker’s Son – Catherine Fisher
Perry Angel’s Suitcase – Glenda Millard
Voices in the Park – Anthony Browne
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken
Varjak Paw – SF Said
Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver
Street Child – Berlie Doherty
The Midnight Fox – Betsy Byars
Tom’s Midnight Garden – Phillipa Pearce
FArTHER – Grahame Baker-Smith
Holes – Louis Sachar
Clockwork – Phillip Pullman
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Skellig – David Almond
Fireweed – Jill Paton Walsh