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Information for Parents: Reading at Home


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go". – Dr. Seuss

Reading regularly with your child helps them to discover which books, authors and genres they enjoy the most.

There is a growing body of evidence which supports the idea that reading for pleasure has a positive impact on academic achievement. However, evidence suggests that reading for pleasure is an activity that not only impacts on achievement, but also has emotional and social consequences (Clark and Rumbold, 2006).

We know that the demands of everyday life can be great, but finding the time each day to share a book with your child or encouraging them to read could help shape them.

Here are some useful websites full of helpful support and tips for helping your child with their reading:

Information for Parents: Understanding Phonics

This video on understanding phonics is ideal for parents of incoming Reception children. It explains what the National Curriculum says about learning to read, why learning to read and spell in English is more difficult than in other languages, and how phonics can help.

Information for Parents: What is Read Write Inc. Phonics?

If your child attends a Read Write Inc. school, watch this video to find out why children love learning to read, write and spell using Read Write Inc. Phonics, how Read Write Inc. Phonics works in school, and how parents can help at home.

Information for Parents: How to say the sounds

Confused about how to pronounce the sounds found in Read Write Inc. Phonics? Worry not - 5-year-old Sylvie is here to show you how! Use this guide to support your child when practising the sounds at home.

Information for Parents: 10 things to think about when you read to your child

Watch our short parent tutorial - 10 things to think about when you read to your child. Why not share it on your school website, Facebook page or in the next parent newsletter? - - - Did you like this video?

Information for Parents: The Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is a short, simple test taken by Year 1 children in England each June to assess their reading ability. Parents can watch our short video to find out what happens during the check and why it's useful.

Synthetic Phonics

A resource from Lesley Clarke for parents to learn all about phonics and find out how best to support your child to develop his/her phonics skills and become a better reader and writer.



Ten percent (10%) of the population are dyslexic; 4% severely so. Many of the dyslexic people across the UK, whether adults or children, are unable to fulfil their potential as a large percentage of the population still do not understand what dyslexia is, the difficulties which the condition presents and do not know how best to support them.  The British Dyslexia Association website below has some useful resources for parents who wish to find out more.