Alresford Primary School

Headteacher: Sarah Dukelow

Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AU

01206 822731

office@alresford.essex.sch.uk

Parent Information/ideas

 

Why is reading so important?

'Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Here’s how you can get your child off to a great start.
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.'

https://www.pearson.com/uk/learners/primary-parents/learn-at-home/help-your-child-to-enjoy-reading/why-is-reading-so-important.html

 

Children who read for 20 minutes a day are exposed to 1.8 million words a year.
Children who read on average for 4.6 minutes a day are exposed to 282,000 words a year.
Children who read for less than a minute a day are exposed to 8,000 words a year.
So it would take a child who reads for less than one minute a day a whole year to read the number of words that a child who reads for 20 minutes a day would read in 2 days. 

Below are a few documents that explain what you can do at home to support this.