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Reading at home

Parents can support their children’s reading development in a number of ways:

  • Reading regularly to your children or, as they become fluent readers, sharing a book with them, is crucial for language development. This enables children to explore a wider range of words that they would not be able to access independently. 
  • Vocabulary development is crucial to children’s reading progress. As simple as it sounds, regularly talking to your children also supports this. You can talk to them about what they have been learning, their interests, what they have read or anything else they want to talk about!
  • Listening to your child read/encouraging them to read independently. Parents should ensure that their children read every evening from Monday to Thursday and once over the weekend. Please see below for expected reading times at home:

Year Group

Reading Time

What should this look like……

Nursery

10 minutes

Bedtime story – 10 mins

Reception

15 minutes

Bedtime story – 10 mins

Reading book – read to adult/sibling

                          – 5 mins

Year 1

15 minutes

Bedtime story – 10 mins

Reading book – read to adult/sibling

                          – 5 mins

Year 2

20 minutes

Bedtime story – 10 mins

Reading book – read to adult/sibling

                          – 10 mins

Year 3

25 minutes

Story with adult – 10 mins

Reading book – read to adult/sibling

                           – 15 mins

Year 4

25 minutes

Story with adult – 10 mins

Reading book –  read to adult/independently  -15 mins 

Year 5

30 minutes

Story with adult – 10 mins

Reading book –  read to adult/independently  -20 mins 

Year 6

30 minutes

Story with adult – 10 mins

Reading book –  read to adult/independently  -20 mins 

Phonics

The resources on this Little Wandle Letters and Sounds page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds resources for parents

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