Reading Resources and Guidance

Reading with your child

Here are some tips to help you enjoy story time together:

  • Ask your child to choose what they’d like to read. They’ll feel more interested in the story if they’ve picked it out themselves. (And don’t worry if they keep returning to the same story, either!)
  • If you can, turn off the TV, radio and computer. It’s easier for both of you to enjoy the story without any other distractions.
  • Sit close together. You could encourage your child to hold the book themselves and turn the pages, too.
  • Take a look at the pictures. You don’t just have to read the words on the page. Maybe there’s something funny in the pictures that you can giggle about together, or perhaps your child enjoys guessing what will happen next.
  • Ask questions and talk about the book. Picture books can be a great way to talk through your child’s fears and worries, or to help them deal with their emotions. Give them space to talk, and ask how they feel about the situations in the story.
  • Have fun! There’s no right or wrong way to share a story – as long as you and your child are having fun. Don’t be afraid to act out situations or use funny voices… your little ones will love it!

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?

Here are some of our ideas:

  • 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!

Primary Resources

Here are some resources that can be accessed for free during the Covid-19 closures that we thought you might find useful.  On some of the resources you will need to make an account to gain access.

 

Authorfy Sign up here for a FREE account

Authorfy brings readers and writers closer together through interactive video masterclasses, fun downloadable activities and exciting after school resources. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, student, librarian, aspiring author or reluctant writer, there’s something on Authorfy for everyone.

Authorfy Classroom: Check out our ‘Classroom’ page to watch interactive video masterclasses from bestselling, award-winning children’s authors like Michael Morpurgo, Katherine Rundell and Emma Carroll.

Authorfy Creative: visit our page of creative activity packs and download as many as you like for free. We’ve got a variety of games, book club questions, arts and crafts sheets and more, and they’re all based around the latest bestselling children’s books.

 

BBC Bitesize and Cbeebies

 

First News Free for a limited time during Covid-19 

For a limited time, they’re offering free, current issues of First News newspaper (PDF edition), Activity Sheets, Teaching Resources and an extended 6-week trial of the iHub.

Newspaper and activity sheets: We’ll email you the latest available PDF edition of First News, which you can share with your colleagues and students. Alongside this, you will also receive a full pack of the week’s Activity Sheets, including comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, debates and quizzes in three differentiated levels for Lower KS2, Upper KS2 and KS3.

iHub interactive platform: Our online news and literacy tool, the iHub, delivers pre-prepared reading activities for Key Stages 2 and 3, giving students access to engaging work that they can complete at home every week. 

To download your copy, you just enter your email address. As a service they will send you an email to remind you when there is a new edition available to download.

 

World Book Day FREE Excellent site. Not just for World Book Day but all year round 

Resources include: book extracts, teaching guides & resource packs for particular books & authors, author & illustrator masterclasses which include videos and teacher’s resources, brief themed booklists, recommended reads,

Storycraft: expert story writing tips, Imagination author videos, book trailers, colouring, cooking, make and do – and lots, lots more.

 

Pobble FREE Daily writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar challenges