Bridlington Road, Driffield, East Yorkshire YO25 5HN

Tel: 01377 253371


Driffield Junior School

Caring, learning, sharing - Success for all

Reading at home

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home at least three times a week.

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. 

Listen to them read their book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. After they have finished, talk about the book together. The main thing is that you have fun!

As long as everyone is enjoying themselves, there is no right or wrong way to read with your child. 

In school we are focusing on reading fluency. If a child can read fluently, they can read the words without sounding them out, will read with expression and will ‘read’ the punctuation - pausing where’s there’s a full stop or a comma. If your child can read with appropriate expression, they are able to understand what they are reading and will enjoy it more. Below is a film of an adult reading with a child that you may find helpful. Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy doing it together.

Talking about what you read with your child is an important part of sharing books at home. All book talk is good talk but if you get stuck with things to talk about or questions to ask this link will take you some questions you could use.

Reading at home - help with questions you may ask. 

To ensure all children learn the alphabetic code necessary for successful reading we  follow Little Wandle Letters and Sounds. Use this link to find out more about this programme and how we use it at Driffield Junior School. 

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds


What we learn and when

Reading, writing and speaking and listening are part of every subject at Driffield Junior School. Our exciting English curriculum enables children to learn and develop and practise basic skills by providing opportunities to read a rich and varied range of texts and to share learning, ideas and understanding through speaking and listening and writing opportunities across the curriculum. 

Click here to find out what we learn in our reading and writing lessons.   English Overview

A brief overview of how we develop fundamental skills so our children can become confident and fluent readers who love to read. 

An overview of how we teach the basics of language and communication.


Reading is extremely important and at DJS, we ensure children are given a range of opportunities to be exposed to books and reading through individual reading books, class reads, reading corners in classrooms and in reading lessons. 



Children are taught the basic fundamentals of writing so they can communicate their thoughts and ideas across all subjects. 


Grammar, punctuation and spelling

Grammar is a really important aspect of English which is required to ensure our sentences are clear and can be understood by others. We are aware that children are taught lots of different grammar terminology throughout their time at primary school so as a result, we have put together a glossary of the terminology your child will be taught.