Reading At Home

Reading at home

Help children to enjoy reading each day by making it part of their daily routine.

Choose a time of day when you and your child are not too tired, and remember that a short daily session is better than an occasional long one.  As far as possible, go along with your child's wishes about where and when they read.


Reading aloud or reading silently?

During Key Stage 2, your child will develop their reading skills and become increasingly fluent and independent in reading.  As your child gains fluency, their silent reading will improve and become faster, so give them lots of opportunities to read by themselves.  If your child is reading silently, ask them questions about the book and discuss it- perhaps using the questions in the link below.  This way you will get a sense of whether they fully understand what they read.  It is also helpful to ask your child to read aloud to you, so that you can see whether they are able to manage the text independently.  If you occasionally sample the child's reading like this, you will find it easier to talk about the book with them.


Top tips

  • Try to make sure that reading is fun and relaxing.  Encourage your child to find somewhere comfortable and quiet to read, so that they can really get absorbed in the book, without too many distractions.
  • Encourage children to read with different people and talk about their books. 
  • Join the library and allow your child to choose their own books.  Follow their interests - books and magazines that appeal to them will help them develop a life long love of reading.
  • Recipes, food packets, leaflets, newspapers and magazines, as well as books, offer useful practice in reading.
  • Talk to your child's teacher if you are worried about their reading.