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Reading at Home

One of the most important things you can do to help your child to learn and do well at school is to read with them at home. As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher, you have a very important role to play in helping them to become readers.  


Why is reading so important? 


  • Helps children to learn new vocabulary 

  • Helps children to develop their speaking and listening skills 

  • Gives children the opportunity to talk about stories and ideas 

  • Gives children the skills they need to understand other areas of the school curriculum such as maths and science 

  • Develops children’s understanding of the world around them and other people 


A selection of picture books with quotes about reading


















What can I do to support my child’s reading? 

  • Read with or to your child for at least 10 minutes every day if they're in Years R-2, 15 minutes every day if they're in Years 3-4, and 20 minutes every day if they're in Years 5-6 
  • Complete their reading record
  • Talk together about the stories you have read 

  • Read yourself 

  • Have books in your home