Reading Reading Reading

By now, I am sure that parents would realise that I believe that regular nightly reading is so important to students. It needs to be a priority in every family’s routine. At Park Ridge Primary, we don’t consider reading to be classified as part of our home learning routines. It’s something we need to build into our daily activities. Research also shows that if dads or a significant male hears the child read then the improvement is even greater. Listed below is some research from New Zealand. The message is pretty simple, the more you read, the better you become at reading. How many words does your child read each day? Reading to your child is similarly important. I would love to analyse the ratio between home reading, playing electronic games and outdoor physical play our students perform each day. Two of these activities need to make up a predominant amount of student’s time.

The Amount of Reading Done

Progress Group Words Read Weekly Words Read Yearly
High 3570 20 000
High/Middle 2601 15 000
Low/Middle 1680 10 000
Low 757 5000

Clay: Observation records of book reading taken at weekly intervals – Auckland Research Study

Note: It’s obvious to see why nightly reading is so important

Why Resilience is Important?

Resilience is one of our school values. It is a very important life skill that ensures that we flourish in life. The other day I was talking to one of my ex Year 6 parents whose child is now going to a secondary school outside of our area. From home he takes a bus and then a train to get to school and then repeats the process back home again. As I would expect, he is handling the commute to school in his stride. He has made a new group of friends very quickly and is loving the next stage of his learning journey.

Curriculum Days

Our last two Curriculum Days for the year are Monday 18 March and Friday 26 April. Students are not required to attend school on these days.

Labour Day

Monday 11 March is a public holiday. Students are not required at school on this day