As children become more independent they start to choose their own home reading books. this may mean they being home a book they have already read if they particularly enjoyed it. It is advisable that young children re-read the books they read to increase reading fluency and to enable them to acquire a strong understanding of the text. Repetition is necessary as the focus of the new reading curriculum is on deepening and extending children’s understanding of reading and inferring author’s intent rather than moving through book bands at a fast pace.
In addition to this we actively encourage all children to read their own literature at home for pleasure which ultimately results in a life-long love of reading.
The role of the parent/guardian in helping a child to read is an important one and one we want to offer help and support with. We actively encourage parents to sit with their child and listen to them read and help them with any words, phrases or parts of text that they don't understand. As children develop confidence with reading and are able to de-code accurately we then move on to look at understanding the text and inferring meaning. Our brand new home reading texts ensure that de-coding and comprehension skills are developed at the right pace and with the correct text.
To support you as the parent or guardian with home reading, there are some documents containing questions that you could ask at the bottom of this page. Alongside this there are some book review sheets that your child could complete after reading to show that they understand what they have read. Teachers would be very pleased to see completed book reviews and may even swap them for smilies.
If you have any questions or queries about home reading please send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.