Supporting Your Child at Home

‘Reading for Pleasure’ for Parents

What is ‘Reading for Pleasure’?

Reading for Pleasure is when children develop a love of reading and want to pick up books to read at school, at home, and when you are out and about. It is also when children see books as a way to learn.

How can I support my child’s reading at home?

There are many different ways you can support your child’s reading at home, including buying them their own books, visits to the library, and talking to them about the books they bring home.

The most important thing you need to do, is sit for at least five minutes a day with your child and listen to them read. It is an expectation at Westbourne Primary School that all parents spend at least five minutes every day listening to their child read a book.

When listening to your child read, you can ask them many different questions about the book in any language. It is the talking and the interaction that is important.

What is the home reading record used for?

Staff will fill this in every time they listen to your child read. It is expected that parents put the date, book title, and sign the home reading record when you read with them every day. You can also make comments in the comments section if you like.

What prizes can parents and children receive for reading at home?

Prizes are given out every 25 reads. The table below will help you understand this more:

Number of Home Reads Prize
25 Parent Postcard
50 Bookmark and Parent Postcard
75 Invitation to termly parent event and Parent Postcard
100 Choice of free book and Parent Postcard
125 Entry into handheld tablet* prize draw and Parent Postcard

*One handheld tablet prize per key stage.

What questions can I ask my child when they are reading?

The home reading record has lots of different questions you can ask your child, but below are some examples:

  • What has happened in the story?
  • Who is in the story? How do you think they are feeling? What do they want to do?
  • What do you think will happen next? Why do you think that’s what will happen?
  • What does this word mean? Why do you think the author chose that word?
  • Where is the story set?