Supporting your child with reading at home

Reading is important: you need it to learn, to understand the world around you and to become capable, independent adults. Even just 10 minutes of reading a day can have a positive impact in many ways, such as improving vocabulary, developing empathy for others and boosting your mood. As part of students’ English homework at Dallam, we request 20 minutes of reading a day.

Research shows that parents and carers taking an interest and getting involved in their child’s learning is more important than anything else in helping them fulfil their potential.

Below are some suggestions of ways you can support your child with their reading at home:

  • Read together
  • Encourage your child to read aloud to you
  • Take turns to read aloud
  • Ensure there is easy, sufficient access to books
  • Encourage your child to find what they like
  • Include E-readers, blogs and online texts too
  • Find news articles about your child’s hobbies and interests
  • Read books which have been turned into films/TV shows
  • Find articles and texts about the topics your child is studying at school
  • Explore Booktok
  • Download Borrowbox/Libby apps – free access to E-books
  • Gift book vouchers as presents, books or magazines as treats

Our video above and our downloadable booklet will provide you with further insight and support.

For more information or advice on helping your child with their reading, please contact our Literacy and Phonics Lead, Miss Maple via email:


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