Reading FAQ for use during school closure

Friday 24 April, 2020

Please take a look at these frequently asked questions (FAQ) to support you during the school closure.


I think my child could read the next level banded book, what do I do?

Talk to your class teacher via Dojo or email. Let them know what you have been reading and how successfully they have been reading the books. Learning to read is definitely not a race but we want children to be engaged in the text as well to have understanding of what they are reading. 

What do I need to look out for when I am reading with my child?

Read at a time when you are both happy and relaxed. Think about not leaving it too late in the day as it is no fun trying to learn to read when you are too tired. Encourage children to sound out words where appropriate. As we know the English language has many strange and curious twists; phonics will not help with some words. At the end of the book talk about the characters, what happened in the story, words that they didn’t know the meaning of. You could read the story back to them so they get the feel for the flow and meaning of the text. Expect to read each book several times to really get all you can out of it. Remember that children love to read books that they feel confident with.

 Is there anything I can be doing to support reading whilst my child is at home with me?

This is a very good question! And the answer is yes, and it doesn’t all have to be hard work. Read to your child; read them your favourite books from when you were younger, read them books from the bestseller lists. Mrs Skuce has a book recommendation every week and that is often appropriate for you to read to your child. Please do not mistake reading to your child as only something you do when they cannot read themselves. That is simply not true. All children whether they are a fluent or non-reader love to be read to. In school we read to your children every day and they love it. This is a great way to finish off a long day at home.

Take advantage of the many wonderful offers out there at the moment from audio books to free online stories. We even have celebrities reading stories to the children. The internet and television is alive with free reading opportunities!

Talk to your child about words that they come across. I am always amazed by the words that children do not fully understand. Don’t assume that because your child can read a word that they understand what it means. Be word detectives. Find the words they are unsure of and look them up in a dictionary together to find their meanings. The best writers are the ones who have the best vocabulary and that comes from reading widely.

You may have a child who loves Harry Potter or loves Horrid Henry and that is all they want to read. In reality that is ok but use this time to challenge them to read something new. As an adult this is something I try to do, it is not always something I enjoy but change the genre and author and give them a taste of something new. 

We are running out of books to read at home – help!

At school we have thousands of books (not an exaggeration) and we are going to be loaning out packs of book banded and other books for children and adults to read. Please use your daily exercise to walk past school to pick up new books. I have to say though that there is nothing wrong with sometimes rereading an old favourite; for those of you who love reading you will know what I mean, with characters that are like old friends waiting to greet you again.

My child does not like reading – what can I do?

When we first start anything it can be more of a chore then a pleasure. Persevere! Your children know what perseverance is and it is something we talk about a lot in school. As they learn more words and their reading becomes more fluent then they will enjoy reading more. Encourage them to keep going, it will be worth it. Sometimes children are good readers and still don’t enjoy reading. These children need to try different types of books; often non-fiction books, magazines and graphic novels are good places to start with reluctant readers. Talk to your class teacher if this is becoming an issue; they will be able to suggest books for you.

If you have any other questions about reading then just let us know; we are very happy to add to this list of frequently asked questions. 

Mrs Brown

24th April 2020