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Essex Year of Reading - Where will your book take you? Pt1 - Essex County Council

Roseacres Primary, Lyons Hall Primary, Janet Duke Primary and Shenfield High School

Our Library

Reading Meeting September 2023

Supporting your child with reading


Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.


There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.


Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.


Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!


Please take a look at our how to videos which provide support with how Phonics develops your child's reading skills.

Reading Initiative

At Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery we want to celebrate your child reading at home. Our goal is to develop a pleasure for reading and motivate children so that they want to read.


Reading is the most powerful tool we can give to a child. The benefits of reading are enormous. Some of these include developing vocabulary, curiosity, understanding of the world and the fun and enjoyment that stories bring.


To encourage a love of reading we will be continuing our reading incentive. If your child reads at home 4 or more times a week they will be given a class raffle ticket. They can earn one ticket every week. The more tickets they have in the raffle the more chance they have of winning. At the end of each half term every class will pull out 2 raffle winners. These children will both receive a brand new book to enjoy reading. Each child that is regularly reading at home will also receive a reading certificate at the end of each half term


To show that your child is reading at home, record a short note in your child’s reading diary. Reading diaries should be in school along with your child's reading book everyday.


Thank you for your support