Hints and tips for supporting your child with reading
When pupils start in KS2 we are supporting them in developing their skills in reading to learn. In order for your child to become a very skilled reader, it is essential that you are still very involved in supporting them with their reading up until they leave us at Year 6. This involves hearing them read, reading to them and giving them the opportunity to talk about what they are reading.
We are extremely fortunate at St. John’s School that all children have access to a wide range of exciting texts both in the classroom and in our well stocked Library. In addition to this, we are still very lucky to have a very good local Library in Enfield town that all pupils should be visiting on a regular basis.
Reading is a life skill and it is very important that we as parents and teachers are continually promoting this in a positive manner. We need to be the key role model in this development by: encouraging our children to read widely, reading with them regularly, talking to them about the text that they are reading and also reading ourselves so that children can observe this.
It is important that your child has a set time to read daily and that you are part of this so that you can support in the following ways:
Listen attentively to them read out loud, ensuring that they are using expression, observing the punctuation appropriately and reading at a normal speed;
Read to them, modelling all of the above points;
- Talk to them about what they have read (it is essential that they fully comprehend what they are reading);
- Explain any challenging words, encourage them to use the dictionary to check the meaning of a word or use it together;
- Make a note of these challenging words and come back to them throughout the week (have fun with words, sometimes children like to develop personal dictionaries);
- Ask your child to describe why the author has used a particular word or phrase and why this is effective;
- Explore with them their particular thoughts, opinions or feelings about what is being discussed or happening in the text. Sometimes this can be related back to their own personal experiences and can be a very useful discussion to have with your child;
- Get your child to describe different characters using a range of higher order vocabulary and also look at how characters are developed throughout the text; and
- Discuss how the writer builds up to maybe an unexpected ending, juxtaposes ideas, changes perspectives or uses everyday examples to illustrate complex ideas;
Always try to use ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ questions as opposed to ‘what?’
Remember good readers become good writers, developing children’s language is key to them becoming skilled writers.
ENJOY READING WITH YOUR CHILD, it is one of the most important skills you can help them to develop which will impact on all aspects of the curriculum and ultimately their life chances.