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Reading is the key to a child’s learning

At Ryton Park, we teach children the skills and strategies they need to become fluent readers, and offer them a wealth of listening and reading experiences aimed at developing confidence in their own reading ability.


Parents also have a vital role to play

We have produced this leaflet in response to questions from parents who are keen to help their child with their reading, and in recognition of the importance of good communication between home and school.


Who listens to my child read at school?

Your child will be heard read by different people, depending upon timetables or the nature of the lesson. These will include:

Your child’s teacher

Teaching assistants

Parent helpers / Other adults who regularly come into school to support reading and are known to the children.


How do you use the Home School Reading Diary in school?

In school, the reading diary is a record of when your child has been heard read (either individually or as part of a guided reading group).

Your child’s teacher may also use it to send spellings home.

Your child’s teacher will look at it once a week in order to monitor your child’s reading both at school and at home.


How should we use it at home?

You should record in the reading diary that you have listened to your child read. You just need to write down what book they are reading and what page they or you read to, and then initial/sign it. If you wish, you are welcome to write down any information you wish to share with your child’s teacher. You may also use the reading diary to let the teacher know your child has finished their reading book.


What else can I do to help my child read?

If possible, we would encourage you or another adult or older sibling to listen to your child read every day – even if it is just for 10 minutes before bedtime.

Please ensure that your child arrives at school each day with a book bag with their reading book and reading diary in it. Books from home are welcome, but should be named and be kept in book bags. If your child brings home a word cards, please help your child to read and learn the words.


How often does someone listen to my child read in school?

At least once a week. Your child’s teacher will usually hear your child read as part of a group of children who are reading copies of the same book (‘guided reading’). A teaching assistant or other adult is more likely to listen to your child read their individual reading book. The teacher or the other adult will record in your child’s Home School Reading Diary that they have been heard read.


Is this the only time my child reads in school?

Far from it. Children will be engaged in reading in many situations, for example:

Reading their own work out to the class, a partner, group or in assembly

Whole class quiet reading , Researching topics, Reading via a range of ICT, Using the classroom reading corner , Reading instructions for tasks (challenge box), Singing songs in assembly.


How else do you encourage my child to read?

Many other on-going reading experiences are provided at school. These include:

Introducing children to particular authors

Listening to story tapes

Using a book or story as a basis for a project

Being read to by an adult

Visits from authors

Book day activities and the book fair


What should my child be reading?

Your child’s teacher will help him or her choose a reading book which is the right level for him/her. However, reading does not just mean books. Many of us prefer to read magazines, comics, collectable sports cards, the internet, recipes… It may be that your child has not read their reading book but they have been reading! This does count!