Castledon School

The Trust’s core aim is to ensure that we enhance the life chances of all the young people within the Trust to enable them to fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Supporting Reading

Supporting Reading




There are a number of ways that reading can be improved. Support at home helps:

  • Read with your child at home – parents can listen to children read and children can listen to parents reading. It is always advantageous for the text being read to be followed by the listener
  • Encourage reading of both fiction (stories) and non-fiction (facts and information) – novels, short stories, poems, newspapers, magazines, instruction manuals etc
  • Encourage your child to read news reports online or from the newspaper. Perhaps get a weekly local newspaper delivered
  • Ask your child to explain what they have read to you using their own words
  • Encourage your child to talk about what they did at college during their day, particularly if they read anything and what they read
  • Your child can read food labels on tins/boxes/cartons to aid your shopping/healthy living at home
  • Ask your child to tick off foods from the shopping list whilst at the supermarket. They can also help you to complete your online food shopping order
  • Recipes can be read and followed by your child at home too
  • Children can also read the television guide/planner and let you know which programmes are on and which they wish to watch
  • Programme credits can also be read
  • Remind your child to discuss anything they have read at home with their tutors/teachers the next day. They could also write about it and bring it into college to show their reading at home
  • Encourage your child to read their college timetable each evening/morning so they can let you know the lessons they have that day. It is also necessary in case they need to take any specific equipment, books, kits or monies to college that day
  • English and Maths will often set Extended Learning where reading/interpreting information/visuals at home may be necessary
  • Spellings are occasionally set in English for students to learn at home. This learning can also be supported by parents
  • Encourage your child to read aloud to you any college correspondence they bring home.