At Home

These are just a few ideas - try them out and try your own ideas. Keep your children on their toes!
Questioning to Improve Comprehension
As children become more confident and fluent readers they will recognise a wider variety of vocabulary and written techniques. This helps them to improve their writing as well as reading. However some children (especially beginner readers) can decode words and sentences, even whole stories, without understanding them. It is important that we continually check that children comprehend what they 
read. The best way to do this at home is to ask children lots of questions during your reading time together. Try not to interrupt the flow too much by saving most of your questions until the end. Here are some example questions which you should be able to adapt:
  • What do you think that word means?
  • Can you put that sentence into your own words?
  • Which character said/did/thought...?
  • What was your favourite part of the story and why?
  • Can you describe this character?
  • Why do you think the writer used that word there?
  • How does this paragraph make you feel? Why?
  • Why was the character feeling like that?
  • Where did the story take place? Do you think this was a good setting?
  • What new information have you learnt?
Top Tips for reading at home
  • Get into a routine. Reading just before bed (even just 5 minutes!) can be relaxing for you and your child and a good way to help them settle down to sleep, but try to find a time each day that works best for you so that you don't feel rushed or pressured and your child knows when to expect to get the books out!
  • Choose a book your child can read. A good rule of thumb when checking that a book is the appropriate level of difficulty for your child is: get them to read one page out loud. If they struggle with 5 or more words the book will probably be too hard and knock their confidence.
  • Choose a book your child will want to read. Find a favourite author, share stories you enjoyed as a child and pick topics
    your child is interested in. Often choosing a book together is enough.
  • Give encouragement! Lots of praise and encouragement will mean your child wants to read with you and grows in confidence.
  • Read to your child. Just as important as listening to children read, they also love being read to and will really enjoy listening to stories of all kinds. This also means you can introduce your children to books they may not yet be able to read by themselves.
  • Enjoy it! A daily read should be fun and relaxing for everyone. The more you enjoy it, the more they'll enjoy it.
Resources
Bug Club Reading Programme
As part of our reading curriculum, we have invested in some fantastic new books which are part of the award winning Bug Club series. Children can also access these books online, both in school and at home.
 
The materials include books about well-known characters like Ben Ten, Angelina Ballerina, Star Wars and Basil Brush so the children are very keen to read them. After reading the book, the children answer questions about the text online, and get points and eventually rewards for correct answers. Each child has their own log-in with their username and password.
 
So far we have used Bug Club with groups of children in Years 1 to 3 during guided reading sessions, but are hoping to expand its use as we build up resources, so that as many children as possible can benefit from reading Bug Club!
 
(For those who have already used Bug Club and been allocated books to work on at home, the website can be found at www.bugclub.co.uk  and the school ID is wsja).