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Reading at East Wichel Community Primary School and Nursery

Here we aim to provide some support with home reading and guidance to help you use the ‘Read-It – Hope Reading’ records. Please take time to read through your child/s reading record and become familiar with the information. If you are unsure about anything please ask your child’s class teacher or TA to explain.


How you can help with reading at home:

  • Having a routine established allowing for reading to take place, e.g. before dinner, after dinner, bed time, first thing in the morning
  • Finding a suitable place for reading, e.g. in own bed
  • Being positively involved with child’s reading, e.g. ask questions, make it fun, encouragement, praise, recognition of awards achieved (display on the fridge, bedroom wall etc.)
  • Turn off the T.V.


How to fill in the Reading Record:

  • The Reading Records are full of useful ideas and hints to help you with your child’s reading. Browse through the whole booklet and become familiar with all the ideas and hints.
  • The Reading Record is a record of the child’s reading. The following information should be recorded each time the child reads:
  • Write a comment about how the child got on with their reading. In the early years and key stage 1, this is usually written by the parent. The child could be involved in the comment, by making suggestions, with the parent writing the response down. Older children could write their own comments.
  • Date (e.g. 2/09)
  • Title of the material
  • A progressive count of the number of nights/dates reading has taken place. It is important that your child and yourself know that it is not the amount of reading that takes place i.e. the number of books etc. but how often the reading occurs.
  • If a child misses a night, just leave that day incomplete.


The Reading Record is intended to be used regularly throughout the week and in this way will assist in promoting a routine in the child’s reading habits. There are progressive awards within the book to help promote these positive reading habits. There are also stickers to go with the progressive awards. Children find these very motivational. Your child should be encouraged to complete some of the activities suggested throughout the book.



Choosing material to read:

Your child can read any material available to them from comics to instructions for a computer game. We encourage them to read their coloured reading book over a period of 2/3 nights in order to give them time to enjoy the text and for you to ask and answer questions. We strongly advise that your child has a story read to them, which can also be recorded in their reading record. Your child will visit the school library weekly and they are encouraged to borrow a book. Please ensure that your child is valuing the book they have borrowed and the book is returned for other children to enjoy. Visits to your local library are recommended to instil a passion for literature. The school library will be open every morning, for years 1 to 6, from 8:30am to 8:40am to give you an opportunity to share a book with your child.


Year 1 Spain/France Year 2 Greece/Sweden Year 3 China/Egypt Year 4 India Year 5 and 6 Japan/Brazil
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


Your child’s role in their reading:


  • They must bring their Reading Record to school every day.
  • Try and read as often as possible (at least 3 times a week)
  • Decide when the best time is to read e.g. immediately after school, before dinner, after dinner, before bed etc.
  • Write/suggest a comment about their reading and record (or adult record) in the comment section
  • When awards have been reached with the correct number of nights, get their teacher to complete the certificate and award the sticker.
  • Celebrate the achievement of reaching each award or set a target e.g. 100 Nights!
  • Take care and look after their Reading Record.
  • Visit the local library


20 tips to creating a positive reading environment:


1.   Make reading a fun, enjoyable activity
2.   Turn off the TV!
3.   Parent/s should be seen as a reader themselves.
4.   Visit the local library
5.   Give books as presents
6.   Subscribe to a magazine
7.   Have the daily newspaper delivered or read this on line
8.   Do not restrict reading material to only books
9.   Be patient
10. Praise your child’s efforts

11. Find a comfortable spot to read
12. Make a regular time to read
13.  Free of interruptions
14. Do not compare a child’s performance with others
15.  Be interested
16. Involve the child in the selection of the material
17.  Ask questions before and after reading
18. Correct mistakes in a positive manner
19. Relaxing for both child and parent
20. Show you child how to care for books.


Helpful hint to support your child with reading FS to Year 6



  • Inside your child’s reading record you will find a booklet with helpful hints to support your child in their journey to becoming a successful reader.
  • Please take the time to read the booklet and use it to support your child further.