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Reading at home KS1

Reading at Home in Keystage 1

It is important that children read at home. Children can read books they have brought home from school or their own books. It is important all adults around them encourage a love for reading and make it fun.

Try not to force children to read and don't allow them to spend too long each evening reading. Ten minutes each day in Keystage 1 is enough. If your child enjoys reading then they may wish to read for a longer period of time.

It is also good to read the book more than once. It helps your child to read the book several times as this helps to build their reading fluency.


Read books to your children so that they can sit and listen. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It's important for them to understand how stories work too so make sure you speak about the story by asking questions including why? what? who? when? where? how? You can play games and role play stories too.


If you can, take your child to the library. This demonstrates to children that lots of people have a love for reading and allows them to access a wider range of books. Skills used in a library are very important too, such as looking for books alphabetically. Libraries often run free events during the school holidays too!


Children will bring home books that they have been given by their class teacher and are matched to their RWI group. Children will always be given books that they can access - these are decodable books that they will be able to read to you.

Children may bring a book home that displays a sticker on the front reading 'Read To Me'. These books may be slightly tricky for your child to read but the vocabulary and content is important for them to hear. Hearing you read to them will support them in their reading journey. 


Please try to send your child's reading book and reading record to school every day. Staff work hard to try to listen to children read at any possible opportunity.


Inside your child's reading record you may find a list of high-frequency words. These are words that appear most frequently in written material such as 'and' 'the' 'as' 'it' 'because' etc.

They are often words that have little meaning on their own, but they do contribute a great deal to the meaning of a sentence.


Each year group has a list of high-frequency words that children must be able to read.

You can find these lists using the link below or ask a member of staff and we can give you an extra copy.