We know that parents want to help their children to achieve their best at school. We encourage all parents to support the work that children do in school by supporting the tasks that are set for their home learning.
Sharing a book with your child is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things to do. In fact, Government sponsored research shows that the benefits of reading have a direct impact on children’s achievement in school. Seeing you reading is a great way to encourage children to enjoy reading too. If your child needs encouragement or you want tips and ideas, then take a look at this guide from Springboard.
Sit down and listen to your child read as often as you can – every day if possible!
Benefits of reading for pleasure:
- There is a growing body of evidence which illustrates the importance of reading for pleasure for both educational purposes as well as personal development (cited in Clark and Rumbold, 2006).
- Evidence suggests that there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment (Clark 2011; Clark and Douglas 2011).
- Reading enjoyment has been reported as more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status (OECD, 2002).
- There is a positive link between positive attitudes towards reading and scoring well on reading assessments (Twist et al, 2007).
- Regularly reading stories or novels outside of school is associated with higher scores in reading assessments (PIRLS, 2006; PISA, 2009).
- International evidence supports these findings; US research reports that independent reading is the best predictor of reading achievement (Anderson, Wilson and Fielding, 1988).
- Evidence suggests that reading for pleasure is an activity that has emotional and social consequences (Clark and Rumbold, 2006).
- Other benefits to reading for pleasure include: text comprehension and grammar, positive reading attitudes, pleasure in reading in later life, increased general knowledge (Clark and Rumbold, 2006).
(Source – DfE Research evidence on reading for pleasure – Education standards research team)
It will really help your child’s learning if they are encouraged and supported to complete homework tasks and to hand them in on time.
You can help by ensuring that:
- children have time to do homework
- they have somewhere quiet to concentrate on the task
- they see that you value the part that homework plays in making them into independent learners.
Should you have any queries or concerns about your child's homework, then please speak with your child’s class teacher.