New: Reading Diaries
Now available in English only.
Our diaries are designed to improve your home/school links by offering parents clear, simple advice on how to support their children’s reading at home.
As well as advice on asking questions, the diary’s unique four-star feedback system helps parents to decide how well their child talked about a book, understood the ideas in it, and read the text aloud.
The diaries are also available in seven community languages – Arabic, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Somali. For more information on these bilingual resources, please click here.
The diaries give clear guidance to parents on how to read with their children by:
- Exploring different text types through layout and language
- Suggesting what questions to ask for different text types
- Encouraging pupils to re-tell stories or recount information as well as simply reading the text
Each diary has a unique, star-rating system to help parents’ feedback more detail on their child’s reading by:
- Avoiding the need to write generalised comments
- Encouraging children to get involved to decide how well they interacted with the book and how they can improve their reading
- Enabling parents and children to see that learning to read involves many skills other than just decoding a text
The diaries also:
- Encourage greater communication between home and school with frequent comments pages where teachers and parents can exchange thoughts and ideas
- Contain a list of the first 100 words so that parents know what tricky words they need to help their children recognise and learn
- Have book review pages where children can write about a book they have read with their parents, or draw a picture to represent how they felt about the text