Veryan Church Of England Primary School

Reading at home

When reading at home with your child it may be helpful to know how we, in school, teach the speed sounds. The link below will take you to a video of the correct pronunciation for these speed sounds to support your child's reading at home.
When we are in school we love to spend time reading. We enjoy sharing books with friends, with Rita the learning assistance dog, our teachers and volunteers and taking some quiet time for independent reading.
Reading at home is incredibly important too and offers a fantastic opportunity to build on your child's development, not just in their reading skills but across the curriculum. See below for how reading can help your child.

Ten benefits of reading


Children who read often and widely get better at it.

Practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.


Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.


Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.


Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.


Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.


Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Children then bring this knowledge into their writing.


Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.



Reading is fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere. You'll never be bored if you have a book in your bag.


Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.


Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.

"Reading for pleasure is more important to children’s successes than education or social class."
"Because everything changes when we read."
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place over the summer holidays throughout the UK. Run by national charity The Reading Agency, and delivered with the support of the UK public library network, it is the UK’s biggest free reading promotion for primary-aged children.
The programme reaches over 700,000 children each year, motivating them to keep reading during the summer holidays and helping to maintain reading skills and confidence.
With the current situation, the 2020 challenge will run June to September, offering children and families the chance to take part online and receive rewards for their reading. While libraries remain closed, they will continue to support the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms.
World Book Online have just made their fabulous collection of over 3,000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home. They have books suitable for all ages. Click on the following link to access them.
Bored of the same stories at home? Need some inspiration for a new book to share with your child?
The links below have some great titles to choose from depending on the age and reading level of your child.
Clicking on the book will even take you straight through to a purchasing website in case you wish to buy the book as a gift!
The Summer Reading Challenge is back!!
This summer we’re going to get silly! The Summer Reading Challenge 2020 will feed the imaginations of the UK and create a greater sense of togetherness through the joy of reading. For 2020 we are delighted to present the ‘ Silly Squad’ – our hilarious cast of characters ready to bring the UK a seriously silly summer.
Using the power of silly, we will help kids stay kids and embrace the fun just when we need it most. We have created our online Silly Squad to entertain and engage children with uplifting content and reading recommendations.
It’s so easy to take part!
● Children sign up to our easy-to-use website and create their own profile at from 5th June onwards.
● They set their own challenge to read any amount of books during the Challenge, with children being encouraged to read anything that makes them happy – whether it be comics, joke books, poetry, fiction or non-fiction; in digital or print format; from e-book lending through the public library service or from what they already have at home.
● Each time they finish a book, they add it to their profile and write a review. They are rewarded with activities and incentives along the way, such as online badges, games and videos.
● Families are encouraged to join in and ‘Get Silly’ with downloadable activities, games, quizzes and more. With new content to enjoy each week, the fun will continue throughout the summer to keep families engaged.
● They receive a downloadable certificate once they’ve completed their challenge!


Veryan CofE Primary School, Veryan, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5QA
01872 501431