In order for children to make the best possible progress in reading, they should read daily to a parent, guardian or older sibling. We recommend to parents that they aim to read for 10 minutes and to make a note of this in the pupil's homework diary. In order to progress in understanding the book as well as being able to read it aloud, parents may wish to ask questions about the text such as about events that have happened, what a character might be thinking or feeling or for a prediction about what might happen next in the text. It is also beneficial to the children to have the opportunity to discover genres, book types and authors that interest them and this can be achieved through trips to a local library. This can support their enjoyment of reading and also introduce them to text types they might be unfamiliar with.
Each child will receive at the start of each week a list of spelling words to learn. The pupil should once each evening look at the word, cover it over, write it down and then check to see if they wrote it correctly. The words may be chosen due to a particular spelling pattern or sound within them or if they are keywords which relate to a topic being studied. Also, the National Curriculum contains a list of words which children in Britain are expected to know how to spell and these words are used in the Spelling Test as part of SATs in Year 6. These words will be covered in our weekly spelling sheets but parents may wish to help their children practise at home too.