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What are we reading in school?

This term, we are reading the fabulous book: 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty. We are focusing on improving some of the key skills required to read and understand texts confidently. These include: predicting, questioning, clarifying, summarising and visualising.

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How can you help your child with their reading at home?

Short, regular bursts of reading is key. Even if it's only 10 minutes a day, you'll be surprised at how much they learn and improve!

 

Why not try...

  • Tag Team - take it in turns to read a page each of your child's favourite book before bedtime.
  • The Early Bird - get your child to read to you on the way to school, instead of listening to the radio.
  • Poetry Post-its - write short poems on Post-its or note paper and put them up in random places around the house. When your child spots one, they have to read it.
  • Magazine Madness - that football magazine or the one that seems only to be filled with happy, rainbow-coloured unicorns still contains words! Instead of just looking at the pictures, ask your child to tell you about it and read it to you while you're cooking the dinner or washing the car.

 

The key is, make it fun - reading can be enjoyed by everyone!

How can you help with your child's comprehension?

If you have the pleasure of having more time to read with your child at home, then there are many different types of questions that you could be asking them, in order to help develop their comprehension and understanding of the text.

 

The following documents provide examples of questions that could be asked while reading, for both fiction and non-fiction text types. We hope you find these useful!

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Are you challenging yourself to read books from our literary heritage?

The Times Educational Supplement have put together a list of books all children should read before they leave primary school. It is your last year at River, how many do you still have left to read?

 

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