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Safety, Learning and Respect - our three values. Thornhill Primary School is proud to be part of the West Lakes Multi-Academy Trust. 'Safeguarding given the highest priority' ( OFSTED 2019)

Reading with your child

Each week your child will bring a book to share. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of sharing a book and reading with your child.  You could try a new tip each week. See what works best for you.


  • Read early and read often. That is the best advice, as the nursery and Reception years are the time your child will start to develop a lifelong love of reading and it’s NEVER too early to begin.
  • Try to read every day.
  • Make it fun. Put on different voices for the characters. Go to town.
  • Be positive about reading and how much reading can be enjoyable and helpful.
  • If your child loses attention stop. Try to make reading a special time.
  • Point things out in the pictures, take time to study each page.
  • Ask questions.  Why do you think the character did that?  What do you think will happen?  How do you think a character feels?
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat. As much as it may drive you up the wall, this is how a child learns and makes sense of information.  Repeating a book or story 100 times really is good for them.
  • Look for writing in the home and when out and about. Print is all around us all the time.