Reading At Home With Your Child

Time and space to read needs to be protected within the routine of home life.

Younger children need to read for at least 15 minutes a day, building up to at least 30 minutes a day by Year 6.

There must be a calm and quiet environment in the home, away from electronic devices, to enable your child to concentrate and be fully engaged with their book.


Before you read...

Look at the title and available pictures with the child and discuss what you think the story may be about.

Questions...

Stop reading at regular intervals and ask your child questions about what has been read so far and what he/she thinks may happen next in the text.

Decoding the words...

Help to sound out and blend words and also identify non-decodable words that need to be recognised on sight.

Predicting...

Discuss what you think might happen next based on what has occurred so far.

Using the pictures...

Encourage your child to take notice of the pictures as they may help him/her to identify an unknown word, at any age!

Reading fluently...

Time how many words per minute is being read and set small targets.

Using expression...

Read the book like the author, paying attention to punctuation and character dialogue.

Have fun with it!

Choose books to read that your child enjoys reading! Stories, information texts, comics, atlases... the lists are endless!

For more information...

Miss Devlin is our Reading lead.

Please feel free to speak to her with any questions that you may have.