Helping your child with reading at home

When you are reading books with your child:

  • Talk about the book!
  • Discuss the pictures
  • What might people in the pictures be saying?
  • Use expression - especially silly voices!
  • Relate the story to your own experiences.


  • Reading the same book lots of times can be a good thing.
  • You can read to them, especially if it is tough to read.
  • Reading with your child should be fun!

When reading Fiction books with your child:

Before you start reading...

  • Look carefully at the cover
  • Read the back of the book
  • Flick through and look at any pictures
  • Answer some of these questions:
  • What questions do you have about the story?
  • What do you think will happen in the story?
  • Have you read stories like this before?

When you are reading...

  • Who are the main characters? How are they different?
  • What do you think will happen to them next?
  • Why did they do that?
  • How do you think they are feeling?
  • What problems do they need to solve?

After reading...

  • Did you expect that ending?
  • How could you change the ending?
  • What made this story really good?
  • What did the characters learn?
  • Would you like to read another book by this author?

When reading Non-Fiction books with your child:

Before you start reading...

  • Look carefully at the front and back cover.
  • What is this book about?
  • Do we have to start at the first page?
  • Where in the book could we find information about…

When you are reading...

  • How can we find information quickly?
  • What was this page about?
  • What did we learn about?
  • What information does the picture give us?

After reading ...

  • Who else would want to read the book?
  • What else do we want to know about this topic?

Head Teacher: Mr Richard Bunn, BSc. Agric. (Hons), PGCE, NPQH
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