Encouraging children to read (fiction and non-fiction) and listen to stories, reading to them yourselves and promoting lots of talk and discussion around books is the single-most important thing that we would suggest you can do as parents/carers to support your child's learning. The Reader/Teacher website has produced these recommended reading lists for different age groups:
Miss Tanner, our English subject leader, has put together this guide to point you to some great resources and links. You are also welcome to email her directly on email@example.com if you have any questions relating specifically to supporting reading (and also writing).
Direct links (some of which have further information in the resources document):
- The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children During Lockdown - free to download and read, a wonderful collection of writing from over 100 children's authors.
- Reading Eggs: many of you already have logins for this super resource; there is also a free 30 day trial if not (details in resources document above)
- Audible Books: free streaming of many books
- Collins e-books: free e-books and downloadable worksheets
- Classroom magazines: projects to get children reading and thinking
- Unite for Literacy: a large collection of short non-fiction books to read online (or children can listen to them being read as they turn the page; please note it's a US site)
- Book Trust HomeTime: activities and ideas for the family to share in.
- National Literacy Trust Family Zone: a web portal for parents set up especially for use during school closures, with things to do for all ages.
- Nottingham Online Library Service: e-books available!
- Nottingham Library Service: a range of children's activities
Below are some well planned and engaging comprehension activities, made available for free by a website called The Literacy Shed that we often use in school. They are organised into approximate age ranges, but it may be that your child is better suited to the stages slightly below or above their actual age. Ideally, you would print out the booklet but even if you can't do that there's value in using it as a verbal comprehension activity:
Listening to authors' reading is a great way to access stories: children benefit hugely from hearing quality fiction aloud. Not only is it enjoyable, but it helps with comprehension, vocabulary and their own writing: you could suggest that your child listens to a chapter of an audiobook and then writes their own next chapter, adds a new character, gives the story a twist, draws an illustration of what they've just heard etc). Here are some suggested links:
Please note that some of the links are via YouTube so, as always, consider internet safety when your children are online.
General information for parents
Reading is the single most important aspect of all children's education. Children who read for pleasure enjoy better opportunities throughout life as they have gained a richer vocabulary, more knowledge and key thinking skills. There is much evidence to support this; for instance, research carried out by the Institute of Education found that children who read for pleasure make more progress in vocabulary, spelling and maths than their peers who rarely read.
At Middleton, we believe that our partnership with parents and carers is vital in ensuring that every child is successful. Your support with reading in particular has a significant impact on your child's progress within school.
Here are some links to information that we hope you will find helpful. Please don't hesitate to ask your child's class teacher if you have any questions about what you can do to help with reading at home
- Spring recommended reads: picture books
- Spring recommended reads: KS2
- Recommended reads for KS1 and KS2 children
- Autumn recommended reads (all ages)
- Key Stage 1 reading workshop presentation (Nov 2019)
- Key Stage 2 reading workshop presentation (Nov 2019)
- Reading for Pleasure letter (Nov 2019)
- "The Magic of Reading": a lovely short video from Save the Children
- "Ten Minutes a Day Could Change Everything" video