Supporting Your Child at Home

In the current climate of remote learning, partnership between parents and teachers is in the spotlight and provides a powerful platform to support your child.

Reading is important because it develops the mind. The mind is a muscle and regular exercise is important. Reading also helps people to grow mentally, emotionally and psychologically through the storylines and characters.

To support your child’s reading development it is suggested that they should read independently for at least 20 minutes each day.  As parents, there are some strategies that you can use to get your child to think further about the text.


At St Mary’s we use the Fountas and Pinnell Wheel which breaks the comprehension strategies into three main areas. Thinking Within The Text, Thinking About The Text and Thinking Beyond The Text.

If you would like to read more about these three areas you can look at the Fountas and Pinnell Wheel that demonstrates each of these three key areas and the system of strategies within them.

Stefanie Harvey

Learning and Teaching Leader