English/Literacy

Reading Strategies

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HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH THEIR READING : KEY QUESTIONS

  • What do I need to know about reading at Key Stages 3 and 4?
  • My child doesn't like reading.  What can I do?
  • My child has problems with reading.  How do I help?
  • I have/my partner has problems with reading.  Can I/we still help my child?
  • My child will only read magazines, not books.
  • What sort of books should I choose for my child?

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.

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.

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