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Beatrix Potter School

Reading with Children

Reading with Children


All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with teachers and parents, after and during reading a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.

In order to encourage a habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information, your child needs school and home to work together to establish regular reading routines and opportunities for discussion.


Each day your child has access to a reading book from school to bring home and read and a PACT Book (Parents, Children and Teachers reading together) in which to record your child’s continuing reading journey. Set out below are a set of whole school revised expectations for parents, pupils and teachers that will help us continue to work together more effectively:

Expectations of parents

  • To ensure your child brings their book bag and PACT Book to school every day
  • To establish a daily regular reading routine for your child at home
  • To contribute to the PACT Book daily if your child is in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 and once a week in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • To discuss the book your child is reading using the guidance and targets given by teachers
  • To continue to read aloud to your child in all Year groups

Expectations of pupils

  • To bring your book bag and PACT Book to school every day
  • To have a daily reading time to read a book from school/home at home
  • To ask questions of the adult sharing the book with you if you do not understand a word or ask for help if you need to read a word
  • To discuss a book, you are reading at home
  • If you are in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or 2, your adult at home will write a comment in your PACT Book each day. If you are in Y3, 4, 5 or 6 you will write your own comment in your PACT notebook after reading each day

Expectations of teachers

  • To ensure pupils have access to appropriate reading books to take home and that books are changed regularly
  • To ensure pupils are reading at home by checking the PACT Book for pupil and parent contributions as outlined above
  • To write a comment regularly about reading at school to guide pupils and parents towards achieving shared reading targets

Here to help you, click on our video featuring Mrs Hodgins Reading & PACT lead;