How to Help
Why is reading important?
Reading is the foundations of all subjects. We use reading in Science, History, Geography, Maths, English and many more. We read all day, every day in our lives. Being a fluent reader helps children to access their learning easier, engage in lessons more and get the most out of their time at school.
By Year Four, most children are reading more fluently out loud and can also read silently. Your child will need practice at both.
Strategies to support their reading
- Encourage them to tell you about what they have read.
- Ask questions that probe a little deeper into the text.
- Encourage your child to ask questions about the vocabulary or content.
- See errors to learning, encourage them to self-correct.
- If your child does not correct their mistake, then go back at the end of the sentence or page and discuss it.
- Encourage expression and tone as they read out loud.
Reading every day will help your children make the best progress they can
Here are some challenges that might be fun to do when you are reading at home. Enjoy and have a great time!
Exciting things to read!
Below are some recommended reading lists for your child to try. Reading out loud to your child is a good way to broaden the texts and genres that they might like. This can also help them to experience text that might be higher than their current level. Discussing favourite authors, types of genre and preferences are all important parts of reading.