Key Stage 4/5 Literacy
How can parents support their child’s literacy?
Talk to your child about their literacy and encourage them to:
- Read for pleasure for a minimum of 15 minutes daily (this can be from an array of sources, not just fiction books).
- Know how to use a range of punctuation and sentence types.
- Practice timed exam responses.
- Plan any extended writing responses.
- Write accurately and proofread their work.
- Break down and highlight key words in exam questions to aid understanding.
- Know and understand a range of vocabulary, connectives and command words.
- Prepare and practice for any spoken presentations or interviews.
Reading for pleasure
As stated above, your child needs to read for a minimum of 15 minutes every day. Regular reading is proven to:
- Improve vocabulary, spelling, writing and speaking skills.
- Develop imagination, empathy and critical-thinking skills.
- Improve mental health and increase confidence.
- Improve your child’s chances of getting better grades in all subjects and improve career prospects in later life.
- Improve brain connectivity.
- Be a relaxing way to spend time, particularly before going to sleep.
- Be fun and enjoyable!
Lots of Long Eaton School students say that they can often get distracted when trying to read, and this is where support from home can be beneficial in establishing helpful routines around reading. For example: insist reading is completed before screen time. Alternatively, ensure reading is completed in bed before sleep; this is much healthier than looking at a screen before going to sleep and will also improve sleep quality. Also, ask your child questions on what they have been reading to encourage them to continue and to check their comprehension.
Our library is open before, during and after school hours to support students with finding a quiet space to read for pleasure.