Reading for Pleasure
We strongly suggest that you encourage your child to read daily. One of the best ways you can help your child do well at school is by helping them to enjoy reading for pleasure – whether they like magazines, newspapers, novels or comics. Research shows that children who enjoy reading do better at school, and that parents play a key role in helping to develop this love of reading.
Research findings: reading means achieving
Recent research into the reading skills of 15 year olds across the world found that children who are more interested in reading do better at school than those who don’t read for pleasure. The study also found that parents who talk to their children about books, TV programmes and films help to keep their children interested in reading. Having books, newspapers and magazines around at home also made a difference to how interested children were in reading.
Students in year 7 can continue to enjoy reading their English text 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'
The National Literacy Trust has found that audiobooks can:
- Improve children’s reading skills and enjoyment of reading
- Improve children’s reading comprehension
- Support children’s emotional intelligence and mental wellbeing
- Improve children’s reading comprehension
- Widen children’s access to books.
By far the best site for audiobooks is audible; fortunately there is a small selection of books currently free here:
White Fang - Jack London
In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Based partly on the real-life experiences of Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, Defoe's novel of human endurance in an exotic, faraway land exerts a timeless appeal and has taken its rightful place among the great works of Western civilization.
Fade to Black - Francis Knight
Support reading at KS3
Your child will be studying more subjects at secondary school, and will be working with many different types of reading materials, from newspaper articles and adverts to scientific explanations and instructions. Support them to build up the number of words your child knows – their vocabulary. As they go through secondary school, your child will need to know specialist words and recognise them when they are reading. To help your child learn these words, you could ask them to explain to you what they mean.
Supporting reading at KS4
During GCSE courses students have to do longer classwork or coursework which counts towards their final grade, as well as reading many different things to help them pass the course. Reading for pleasure can get squeezed out and parents/ carers can help by encouraging rest, relaxation and reading as well as school work. Talk to your child about reading. You can help by talking about what they enjoy reading and helping to make time for it. There is no better demonstration of this than showing your child that you find time to just sit and read!
Useful organisations and websites
Below is a list of organisations and websites where you can get more information about reading with your child.
- Achuka is an independent children’s book site that has something for everyone. www.achuka.co.uk
- Barrington Stoke is an award-winning publisher that makes books for reluctant, dyslexic, disenchanted and under-confident readers. www.barringtonstoke.co.uk
- Booktrust promotes children’s reading and produces a wide range of information for young readers including booklists. www.booktrust.org.uk (website for teenagers)
- British Dyslexia Association is the national organisation for specific learning difficulties. It represents over two million dyslexic children and adults. It is one of the world’s leading dyslexia organisations. www.bdadyslexia.org.uk Tel: 0333 405 4567 (helpline)
- Family Lives is a charity working with parents and families offering advice and information about a range of parenting issues. www.familylives.org.uk