As part of our whole-school drive to encourage our students to engage with ‘Reading For Pleasure’, all KS3 students are now participating in Drop Everything And Read 3 times per week. Students will be reading three times per week for 20 minutes which will occur across a varied range of curriculum and pastoral time. This means that students will need to have a reading book in their bags every day on an ongoing basis as reading times will vary throughout the week.
How can you help to support your child at home with their reading?
• Check they have a reading book in their bag – if they don’t have a book from home we can help them find one in the school library. If your child is unsure about how to find one at school then they should speak to their form tutor who can help with this.
• Encourage them to spend time ‘Reading for Pleasure’ at home.
• Ask them questions about what they are reading and what they find interesting about it.
• Ask them about their reading experiences, as often they are unsure about speaking to their teachers about their reading challenges.
Are they finding reading difficult? Do they understand what they are reading? Are they unmotivated? Are they pushing themselves to read more interesting books?
• Talk to them about what you are reading, or some of your favourite books that you have read over time.
• Get your child to read aloud to you sometimes, as this can really help with building confidence and fluency.