Reading at home

Here are some reading activities to do and questions to ask when reading with your children at home.

 

Reception and Year 1

  • Look through the pictures in the book and talk about them before reading.

  • Ask your child what is happening in a picture

  • Ask your child to use the pictures to tell a story of their own

  • You can read while your child points to the word

  • Choose words for your child to find

  • Talk to your child about their favourite part in the book

 

Years 2, 3 and 4

 

  • Check that the children stop at full stops and pause at commas.

  • Encourage your child to change their voice when a character is speaking.

  • Help the children to read at the correct pace (sounds like talking) – not too fast or too slow.  Demonstrate the correct speed by reading a page.

  • Use your home language when discussing the book to help your child understand the book.

  • Ask your child to re-tell what they have just read in their own words without using the book.

 Questions (Choose 2 or 3):

Can you explain what has happened  in your own words?

What do you think will happen next? Can you explain why you think that?

Why do you think the character did _______?

How would you have felt if you were the character?

Who is your favourite character? Why?

Who is your least favourite character? Why?

What was your favourite/least favourite part? Why?

 

Non – Fiction books

What facts have you read?

Have you learnt anything new?

What does this page tell you about?

Years 5 and 6

  • Check that the children stop at full stops and pause at commas.

  • Help the children to change their voice when a character is speaking.

  • Help the children to read at the correct pace (sounds like talking) – not too fast or too slow.

  • Use your home language when discussing the book to help your child understand the book.

  • Ask your child to re-tell what they have just read in their own words without using the book.

Questions (Choose 2 or 3):

Can you explain what has happened  in your own words?

Why did…?

How do you think … was feeling? Why?  How do you know?

Tell me about __________ (character) how do you know that?

What do you think will happen next? What has already happened that makes you think that?

How did…make you feel?

Would you have done the same or something different?

What does____________mean?

 

Non – Fiction books

What facts have you read?

Have you learnt anything new?

What does this page tell you about?

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