St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
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Helping your child to read and to love reading is one of the most important things that you can do.
Why is reading so important?
Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Here’s how you can get your child off to a great start.
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
You can make a huge difference! Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers – and it’s never too early to start reading together.
Even before they're born, babies learn to recognise their parents' voices. Reading to your baby from birth, even for just a few minutes a day, gives them the comfort of hearing your voice and increases their exposure to language.
Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.
As children start to learn to read at school, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.
Make sure that your child is familiar with language and books so they can see how enjoyable reading is. Some of the things you can do include:
Most importantly, talk to your child. Spend time with them, doing simple activities (like cooking and making things). As you talk about what you’re doing, you are helping them to learn new words. Later, when they see words written down, they’ve already heard them and know what they mean.
Pick up a Book!
Our fantastic library is open daily to change your book. We expect every child to have a book on the go, and so we fill the room with new and magical books for you to take home. Our children can change their books on any day and our librarians will be on hand at lunchtime to do this. Just go for lunch, and then pop up to choose your book. You can also call in after school on a Tuesday or a Thursday if you like with a family member.
Look out for our Teacher book recommendations on the corridors too! Every teacher has placed a recommended book somewhere in school. If you like the look of it, you can take it out from the library.