Axe Valley Academy

Supporting Reading

Becoming a fluent and independent reader is one of the most important things your child can do to help them achieve highly at school and in further education. Because we know this, we take the reading progress of all students extremely seriously within school.

However, to make truly outstanding progress all students also need to be reading regularly at home. There are several things you can do to support your son/daughter when they are reading at home. This attached guidance booklets include advice for supporting both fluent and developing readers as well as those students who do not yet enjoy reading. The most important thing you can do is to ensure that your son/daughter is reading regularly. The recommended amount of reading is a minimum of 20 minutes per day, and it does not matter whether this reading is done independently or with a parent. Please do not make the assumption that now your son/daughter is in secondary school it is inappropriate to listen to them read – many students progress far better reading with a parent than they do alone, and this can be a positive experience for everyone involved. Where students do prefer to read independently, parents still have an important role to play in ensuring understanding and engagement with reading.

Please see Appendix A for a guide on reading with your child. Please see Appendix B  for a guide on supporting independent readers. Appendix C provides guidance on questioning to aid understanding and Appendix D provides strategies to help with decoding words. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the academy.