Helping Your Child to Read and Write

At Towngate Primary Academy, we strive to ensure all of our learners become confident and competent readers by the time they leave the academy in Year 6.

Teaching staff carefully plan a range of activities to ensure the provision we offer in school meets the needs of our learners. With the additional support of parents and carers at home, our pupils are provided will many opportunities to apply the reading and writing skills taught in school at home. With an array of provision to support pupils’ reading and writing in school, we aim that all children become independent readers and authors in their own right.

How can parents and carers support their child’s learning whilst at home?

Here are some ways parents and carers can help:

  • Talk to your children: by discussing daily events / family / friends, children are exposed to a variety of words – this helps in the development of literacy skills.
  • Read to your children: take time to share a bedtime story, read together – this will build the enjoyment for reading which has huge benefits when pupils are both writing and developing their own comprehension skills.
  • Listen to your child: ask your child to get their school reading books out and share these texts. Again, this promotes the importance of reading at home whilst providing quality time. Children are able to practise their reading skills at home which is very important for making progress in the classroom.
  • Promote writing: make stories up with your child; have your child write the shopping lists; ask your child to find a recipe for baking. These small writing opportunities expose children to a range of genres and texts. For young children, use flour / shaving foam / glitter to practise letter formation.
  • Ask questions: When your child has read to you, ask them the meaning of a word, to retell the story, to predict what could happen next or summarise what they have read. Ask your child why the author has used a certain word / phrase and what effect this has on you as a reader – these skills are paramount for children in the KS1 and KS2 end of year SATs assessments.

Remember, practice makes perfect!