Having a chat on the way to school is a great way to help your child get ahead in the classroom. Make walking to school matter with these reading ideas.

  • Talk about today
  • Read the signs
  • Visit the shops

Talk about the day of the week, month and season

How to: Talk about how time passes and what happens in the different seasons when you're walking to school. Use and explain words like Spring, morning, noon, night, Autumn, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Read the road signs out loud together

How to: Point out the road signs when you're out and about. Explain that traffic signs tell people on roads and pavements what to do - they tell us to stop, watch out for deer and be aware of our speed. Talk about the different shapes, sizes and colours and what they mean.

Check the opening hours on a shop window

How to: When you’re walking past a shop, ask your child to check the opening hours. Get them to look at a specific day, e.g. check when the shop is open on Sunday.

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips


Ask them to tell you about what they did in the morning at school


Let your child talk about the pictures as you are reading


Talk about words that are the same, but have different meanings (e.g. traffic jam and strawberry jam)