How to improve and develop reading and literacy skills?

What is literacy?

Literacy is reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Why is literacy important?

Every subject at Kelmscott school requires students to use their literacy skills by being able to engage in texts, experiment with language, and use writing to explore to reflect and explore a range of views and make presentations that allow them to speak with authority on a range of subjects.

Poor literacy skills can affect your child's education, job prospects and daily needs in life, such as reading and understanding basic instructions. Poor development of speaking and listening skills can hold children back from learning and developing their reading and writing skills.

The Department of Education expects all secondary school students to read books, to read in depth and to read for pleasure and information.

How can I help my child to develop good literacy practices?

A study at Kelmscott has shown that reading for 20 minutes/20 pages every day after school can help your child to increase their reading level.

-Let students see you reading, whether it's a book, a magazine or a newspaper.Lead by example!

-Talk to your child about their learning. What are their challenges and successes at school? Get your child to take ownership of their learning experiences.

-Help your child with their homework; look at the presentation of their work. If their handwriting is hard to understand it will be hard for the teacher to assess it fairly.


-Encourage your child to use a dictionary if they don't know the spelling or meaning of a word.

Reading is a good skill because it helps you to develop your vocabulary skills and it helps you to improve your English writing and language skills. Some people may think reading is boring but it actually is not, it helps you succeed in life such as getting a job.

Shantae Marsh 9K

Good readers will be able to use most or all of these reading strategies:

Predicting - you make informed guesses about the text.

Empathizing - When you put yourself in someone else's shoes and feel what they say.

Reading backwards and forwards when you have to read back in a text or read forward in order to make connections or clarify your ideas.

Close reading - You pay close attention to the sentences, taking time to understand the meaning.

Questioning - You ask questions about a text to clarify your ideas.

Inferring - When someone makes a point that isn't obvious and you have to read between the lines to find the meaning.

Skimming - You read quickly through the sentences getting a gist of the understanding of the text.

Visualizing - You see a picture in your mind to help gain a better impression or understanding of the text.

Scanning - Your eyes dart around the text searching for a specific word/phrase/number.

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