The National Literacy Trust believes that parents are their children's first role models and have a strong influence on their reading habits and ongoing learning. At Uxbridge High School we believe that all teachers, parents and students have a role to play in supporting and developing students’ literacy skills. Our aim, therefore, is to ensure students can communicate effectively in today’s highly judgmental and competitive society.
What can you do?
- Reading at home can include listening to your child read, reading with them or simply making sure they are given the opportunity to read independently.
- Encourage your child to read a range of materials such as newspaper articles, blogs and non-fiction text as well as fiction.
- Graphic novels and comics can often engage even the most reluctant of readers.
- Test your child when they have spellings to learn and encourage them to look up definitions of unfamiliar vocabulary.
- Encourage your child to check their written work for errors.
- Be as helpful as you can in helping your child write. Talk through their ideas with them; help them discover what they want to say.
Useful links and websites
- National Literacy Trust
- Primary Literacy
- The British Library
- Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading
- The School Reading List
- Waterstones - Book Lists
- 100 fiction books all children should read before leaving secondary school