Supporting Your Child

Pupils will be completing homework daily. Alongside speaking to your child about their homework, we ask that you support your child by encouraging them to read regularly and widely.

Reading and Literacy

The Department of Education states:

Nothing is more important in education than ensuring that every child can read well. (Students who are good readers) are overwhelmingly more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, and subsequently enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career. Those who cannot will find themselves at constant disadvantage.

Recent research has found that children who are more interested in reading do better at school than those who don’t read for pleasure. Furthermore, those with a low reading age will struggle to understand the questions in all of their GCSE exams.

While students are spending more time at home, this is a great opportunity to support them to improve their reading skills and to get into good habits which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Supporting your child with reading

All students should have a book in their bag. They have been reading these at school in every spare moment. Encourage them to make this a habit at home and to read for pleasure for at least 30 minutes a day. This will have a lasting impact.

While the majority of students are not in school we have a mini-library outside the Grosvenor Road reception. Students can bring in books that they have finished and swap them for a new book. We have hundreds of new, exciting books, appropriate for all ages.

Ask your child to read to you. Discuss the book that they are reading. Talk about the characters, the setting, the themes, the language and the plot. Make predictions about what you think will happen.

Encourage your child to read newspapers, magazines and on-line articles. Discuss these with them.

Be a role model. If your child sees you reading regularly, they are more likely to do so themselves.

Explore the free on-line resources available with your child. (See below)

For further ideas on supporting your child at home, click here.

For resources to support students in years 7 and 8, click here.

If you would like a list of excellent suggestions for appropriate reading books organised by year group, click here.

For access to free books, available to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, click here.

Great reviews and recommendations here and here – if you read about a book that sounds fantastic, contact Mr Hanley (j.hanley@stratfordschoolacademy.org) and we can order copies for our library.

For tips on how to help boost your child’s reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, click here.

For hundreds of classic books, available free of charge as E-books, click here.

Another excellent new resource: a free modern on-line children’s book every week (particularly for Years 7 and 8). Keep checking this site weekly:

https://library.thenational.academy/