Summer holiday reading!

Summer Holiday Reading: A plea to all parents

As the school year comes to a close and we start to think about the summer holiday ahead, we wanted to say a big thank you to all parents at West Kidlington Primary School and Nursery. Children across the school have had a hugely successful year full of learning and fun, developing key life-long skills and enjoying new experiences. So much of this goes on with the quiet help of parents who work with their children at home in so many ways; talking about the school day over dinner, talking through homework and supporting reading on a regular basis.

Many experts say that children can lose up to two months of their reading learning during the summer break. For all pupils this is an incredible statistic at the end of such a hard working year.  Please help us to ensure that this does not happen for your child.

Here are some of our top tips:

  • Sign your child up to the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library. This year it is called Animal Agents. Go to the website for more information and a useful ‘book sorter’ tab that helps children to choose a book for themselves to read
  • Start thinking NOW about what books your child will read this summer. Talk to them about books that interest them. Visit the library or look online to get ideas. If your child is moving from Reception into Year 1 think about how you will keep up with the daily reading of smaller books. Most libraries carry a stock of Oxford Reading Tree books or similar. Alternatively, look in the Woodstock Bookshop or online at The Works or Amazon for large packs of books at a good price.
  • Try to carry out reading daily, preferably in the morning when energy levels are at their best. Failing this, just get into a routine that you can follow easily over the six week period.
  • Take a book to the park, the beach, the garden, out to dinner.
  • Read in a variety of ways: newspapers, joke books, picture books, and appropriate websites.
  • Watch a film and then talk about the characters, the events and how it made you feel. This is comprehension at its best!
  • Play word games, carry out word searches and crossword puzzles. Every little helps.
  • Don’t battle – your child is on a break from school and so the rules are different. Your home is not school, so please do not feel like you have to make it such.

Any of these things will help to keep your child’s reading skills ‘ticking over’ and make the return to school for him/her an enjoyable, exciting and confident one. Please do speak to your child’s class teacher or ourselves in the coming days if you have any questions. We are keen to help.