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St Laurence Church of England Primary School

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Reading with Your Child

Reading at St Laurence CofE Primary


At St Laurence we consider the ability to read to be of the highest importance. Not only do we want our children to leave us as 'good readers', but ultimately we aspire to ensure our pupils become 'lifelong readers'. It is our hope to establish a passion for reading within our students during their time with us; that they regard reading as something they choose to do for pleasure, rather than as a chore. 

Reading Diaries 

Not only is it important to encourage your child to read and listen to them read, we strongly recommend that you read to your child regularly. This will encourage a love for reading, and they can hear how reading should sound. To show that your child has read either a book from school or an eBook on Bug Club, we would really appreciate your comments in your child’s Reading Diary. It assists in our assessments of your child; helps us to see what they can do away from the classroom; and also reminds your child that you as the parent, and us as the teachers, are a partnership!


How you can help your child


When sharing a book with your child, try to take opportunities to talk about the book – before, during and after reading.


Before reading: look at the book cover and talk about your child’s expectations. Is the book likely to be fiction or non-fiction? Have you read other books together about these characters or by this author? What does your child think the book is going to be about?


While reading: support your child when unknown words need tackling: you can sound them out, split them into syllables, or identify suffixes and prefixes. Remind your child to listen to the words while reading them, to make sure that they make sense. Have a ‘meaning check’ every now and again to ensure that your child understands the text.


After reading: talk about the book. What was it about? Did it match your child’s expectations? Ask questions beginning with the words how and why to check that your child has been able to read between the lines. Ask whether anything seemed puzzling. Then ask your child to explain what the best and worst bits of the book were, and why.

Bug Club

Our school has recently acquired a reading scheme called Bug Club that we are very excited to share with you. Bug Club is a whole-school reading programme that helps transform children into lifelong readers. As well as taking their normal books home (this will not change), your child will now have access to a range of eBooks via a personalised website. Bug Club works on PC’s, laptops and all tablet devices. We understand that with an ever increasing technological world, it is important to ensure that reading is still a priority for children, whilst also being fun and stimulating at the same time. Especially for children who may sometimes be reluctant to read.


More information about Bug Club and how to use it with your child can be found in the letter below:

Please see our reading booklet. This includes some guidance that will help you to support you child with their reading.