Supporting your child with reading
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.
There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.
A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.
Please click here to view the Collins Big Cat eBook guide for parents.
Click here to watch a video on how to support your child with reading. You will need to scroll down the page and click the 'Books coming home' tab.
Reading practice book
This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
Your child will bring home a physical copy of the reading practice book each week. This book will also be allocated to their online ebook library.
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
Frequency of sending books home
The children in Reception and Year One will take their reading practice book home on a Wednesday (after their final in class read) and return it the following Monday morning. This book will also be allocated to your child's digital library.
The children will also take home a library book and a sharing book.
Please record all reading experiences in your child's orange Reading Record book
Workshops for parents/carers
We will be running parent workshops in the Autumn Term 2022. Please keep an eye out for more details!