Reading with your child

Each school has its own approach to home-school reading and most allow children to take books home.

 

If your child is unable to do this, you could use your local library, or subscribe to a book-lending organisation such as Reading Chest (click here) who will regularly send you appropriate books by post.

 

Below, is a broad overview of the things children will be working on at different stages through primary school.  A more detailed account for each book band is provided on the actual cards.



At Foundation Stage: Years F1 and F2

 

This is a good time for your child to get used to:

  • Book handling skills
  • Enjoying books
  • Choosing books independently
  • Talking to each other and adults about books
  • Taking books home

 

At Key Stage One: Years 1 & 2

 

Your child will be building on existing skills by:

  • Discovering a wider range of books
  • Recognising the difference between fiction and non-fiction books
  • Choosing books independently
  • Talking to each other and adults about books
  • Discovering favourite authors and illustrators
  • Gaining confidence in using their reading skills

 

At Key Stage Two: Years 3 to 6

 

Your child will be building on existing skills by:

  • Developing an awareness of a range of styles and authors
  • Knowing how authors develop characters
  • Choosing books independently
  • Being able to talk about the plot of a book
  • Understanding the meanings, messages and issues within stories
  • Being able to talk about the impact a book has had on them
  • Understanding how authors portray people from different backgrounds
  • Persevering with more challenging books