Help your Child with Reading, Writing and Numeracy Tips

Written by Tim McCloskey on 5/16/2017 9:21:46 AM.

Reading at home

Make reading fun

  • Play card and board games and do complicated puzzles
  • Help your child to follow a recipe and cook for the family
  • Encourage your child to read and follow instructions for playing a game, making or using a piece of equipment, or completing a competition entry form.
  • Remember their reading doesn’t have to be a book – it could be a magazine, comic, newspaper or something from the Internet.

Here's a tip - talk a lot to your child while you are doing things together. Use the language that works best for you and your child.

Talk about it

  • Ask your child to talk about parts of a story they liked and why
  • Talk about the key facts, characters, plot, setting, theme and author’s purpose
  • Have them retell the main ideas or describe characters, events or facts they were interested in
  • Ask them to show you where the story supports their thinking
  • Be a role model. Show you read for a variety of reasons; eg to compare products advertised in brochures, to be informed on current issues, to find a phone number or a bus timetable, to relax etc

Writing at home

Make writing fun

  • Encourage your child to listen for and use interesting words. Having a wide range of words will help your child create stories which will increase in complexity
  • Use technology. Text messages and emails are a form of writing even if the language is not always standard English
  • Use computers if your child isn’t keen on writing. They don’t have to think about the presentation of their work and editing does not require a complete re-write. Spell-check helps, too
  • Play card and board games and complete difficult crosswords and word puzzles
  • Create a message board such as a white board, blackboard or pin board.  The messages might be instructions, reminders, or praise for a job well done, as well as examples of work. Encourage your child and other family members to respond with messages, too.

Here's a tip - make writing fun and use any excuse you can think of to encourage your child to write about anything, any time.

Talk about writing with your child

  • Talk with your child about their day. Talking helps them to organise their thinking and is an important first step for any writing

Useful websites: You can find more advice and guidance on supporting your child in reading and numeracy by visiting the following websites:

Better reading – gives useful hints and tips on reading with your child.

Make time to read – a Facebook page set up to raise awareness of the importance of making time to read with your child. 

Booktrust – has created a range of programmes and projects designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy reading and writing. 


 BBC Advice for parents* – from homework help to Special Educational Needs, find out how to help your child at school.

 Hwb – the all Wales learning platform,

Maths useful links