Helping your child with reading

Why it’s Important

Reading is vital to success in all subjects. In the English Tests and GCSE examinations, reading is assessed as a separate attainment target.

You should encourage your child to read:

Books, Magazines, Comics and Newspapers

Reading anything is better than reading nothing!

Think about how you choose books and use that knowledge and experience to guide your child. Suggest that they:

  • Look at the cover and read the description at the back (the blurb)
  • Select by author
  • Look at the size of the print
  • Ask a friend to recommend a good book
  • Choose a book from a series

As parents you can support your child’s reading progress in many ways.

  • Take an interest. Talk to your child about the books they are reading – you may discover something new about them.
  • If your child reads to you and doesn’t know a word, tell them what it is or check in a dictionary.
  • Buy your child a dictionary and encourage them to use it to check the meanings of new words 

Join a library, not just the school library. Local libraries are always willing to help young readers and families and often have reading-related events.

Once you have joined any of these libraries on line, you can start to use the online resources such as e-books immediately with your temporary registration number and password until the corona virus is over and then you can go into a local library (with the required proof of identity) to collect your membership card.

Audible is offering free audiobooks whilst the schools are closed. Click on the link

For students
Some useful websites for research and references

Little Ilford School