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Reading is essential to all children's development. At Saint Patrick's we aim to promote a love of reading through: story telling, guided reading, independent reading, paired reading and shared reading.


In Middle Years there is a child friendly library area for the children to access, in addition to classroom reading areas. The books that your children bring home will link directly to their reading age and we encourage you to spend time listening to your children read these books, any comments are welcome and we ask you to record these in their diary. All reading is beneficial; there is nothing more wonderful for children than listening to you read a story at bedtime.


Encourage your child to read everything: signs, magazines, comics, sub-titles, the TV schedule! Any reading, any time, any place will help your child to develop their skills. As your child becomes a more able reader, it is important that they are exposed to a wide range of vocabulary as well as different genres of text.


Helping your child at home is easy!


  • Share books with them at any opportunity, read to them and let them read to you. Talk to your child about what they have read.
  • Encourage your child to use Readingeggs on a weekly basis, this will help to develop their comprehension skills and consolidate their understanding of a text they have just read.
  • Check out what is going on locally - WLCT often have library sessions for families and bookstores like Waterstones have authors who visit.

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