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The purpose of reading with children is not only to develop reading (decoding) skills, but also to improve comprehension(understanding).


There is a temptation to progress quickly through books, however the most valuable approach to reading is to spend quality time looking at a book in detail and enjoying it with your child. 


The most important role you can play is to model good listening - showing interest and enjoyment in the reading process.  


Ask questions: 


When did the story take place?  

Who are the main characters?

What happened in the story?

What happened after............. ?

If this was you, what would you do next?

Through whose eyes is the story told?

Why do you think ....................... feels .......................?

How does the layout help the reader?

What is the purpose of the pictures?

Do you know other stories like this?

What makes this a good story?

Where does the story take place?


Make Sure you also have a look at our phonics and spelling resources!


Top Ten Tips of hearing your child to read

quick summary on how to take those first steps together.


KS1 Bitesize from the BBC 

Fun and games that teach literacy across the board from spelling to rhyming words.


KS2 Bitesize from the BBC

An useful animated tool to use in learning to read and write.



Games and online stories to aid reading.



subscription service (£19.95 for six months), this covers maths, spelling, reading and other disciplines using games and interactive exercises.


Oxford Owl

Oxford Owl is an award-winning website to help support children’s learning, both at home and at school.



Whole School Approach to Reading at Courthill