At Norman CE Primary School we encourage all pupils to read regularly. All pupils are provided with an appropriate reading book matched with their ability, a reading record to record how frequently they are reading, a reward scheme for reading at home and building up reading miles and pupils have an opportunity to visit the school library to get an extra book to take home. At Norman, we are proud of our Reading Canon and the high quality texts that pupils are exposed to. Please feel free to also share these books at home with your children. See our Reading Canon below-we are currently on Cycle B.
The Book Trust offer lots of support with reading at home :
Reading with your child 3-4 years
Free tips and advice in more than 20 languages on sharing books with 3-4 year olds.
Just ten minutes shared reading a day can help your child grow into a happy, confident learner - and it's also loads of fun! But not everyone is comfortable with books and reading aloud, so this booklet is full of tips and ideas on how to get the most out of sharing books with your child.
You can view and download the booklet in English and 24 other languages (see below)
Reading with your child 3-4 years.
Reading with your child 4-6 years - Supporting at home
Sharing a book with a child is fun. It’s a time for closeness, laughing and talking together. Sharing books and stories can help children understand the world around them and develop key social and emotional skills.
This handy booklet is full of tips and advice and is available to download in 28 languages (see below).
Encouraging a love of reading
As children get older, with lots of other activities competing for their time, how can you encourage them to make time for reading?
- Read yourself! It doesn’t matter what it is – pick up a newspaper or magazine, take a look at a cookery book, read a computer manual, enjoy some poetry or dive into a romance or detective novel. And get your children to join in – if you’re cooking, could they read the recipe? If you’re watching TV, can they read out the listings?
- Give books as presents. And encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other – it’ll give them a chance to read new stories, and get them all talking about what they’re reading.
- Visit the local library together. It’s always fun choosing new books to read, and keep an eye out for special author events at the library or local bookshops – children love meeting their favourite authors. Jacqueline Wilson and Anthony Horowitz always have signing queues that are miles long!
- Encourage children to carry a book at all times. That way, they’ll never be bored (this is something you can do, too!)
- Have a family bookshelf. If you can, have bookshelves in your children’s bedrooms, too.
- Keep reading together. Just because your children are older, it doesn’t mean you have to stop sharing stories – perhaps you could try the Harry Potter series or A Series of Unfortunate Events.
- Don’t panic if your child reads the same book over and over again. Let’s be honest - we’ve all done it!