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Hello, and welcome to The North School Literacy Corner.

This is your dedicated parent area.  Here you will find advice on how to support your child’s reading and writing along with suggested reading lists for each year group.

You will also find a link into the student area where you will find a range of resources and ideas to help support your child’s literacy.

Let’s get started!

Why is it important to encourage students to read?

In a nutshell, reading is good for the brain!

The 5 main benefits of reading are:

  • It improves the functioning of the brain – reading is a workout to keep the brain healthy
  • It improves vocabulary – reading books enriches word power
  • It improves the memory – reading activates the hippocampus area of the brain
  • It improves theory of mind – reading boosts empathy in individuals towards others
  • It improves knowledge

Even Albert Einstein knew the value of reading:

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.  If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein

Reading is essential for students to become successful in school and their journey through life.  The better a child can read, the easier it is for them to learn in school. 

They are many reasons why it is important to encourage your child to read.  Reading improves communication skills, brain power, memory and knowledge but we can also encourage our children to read just because it is enjoyable.

For suggestions of reading materials and websites you can visit to help you make your reading choices, please visit the student area of the Literacy Corner.

Further information for students is available in the Student Zone

For more information on the benefits of reading, please see the following online articles:

The Importance of Reading:

The Independent:  https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/children-reading-for-pleasure-learning-to-read-a8666611.html

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

Tips for Reading with Your Child:

The BookTrust:  https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/

Reading Rockets: Tips for reading with your child, in other languages, children with additional needs:  https://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-tips-parents-multiple-languages