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Developing your child’s reading at home  

There are many Websites available which you can use to support your child to develop their reading whilst we are in the second Lockdown;


David Mackee reads Elmer

Pippa Goodheart reads Fair Shares

Hairy McLary – Listen to the story and join in with songs.

A Busy Day for Birds read by Ore Oduba – This takes you to You tube (need to be supervised by parents)

This site takes you to a You tube site dedicated to phonics and sounds with videos covering all aspects of phonics for each term.

Oxford Owl has free eBooks for each age, however the parent has to register and log in to access.

Julia Donaldson is currently reading ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ on this website – which is a free resource. This is a fab website where there are lots of Julia Donaldson books which are read by other authors and there are free picture books too.

Look at the ‘Book Chat’: Reading with your child – This new resource comprises three short films and support materials to help parents, families and carers read books conversationally and creatively to children.


Have a look at the Virtual school library where there are authors of the week and audio books to listen to.

Boy under Water by Adam Baron is the current KS2 audio book on the website.

The Poetry Society has a range of poems suitable for KS2 –

Listen to chapters from The Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches.

Listen to chapters from David Walliams books – Current on is ‘Slime’ (audio by Mr Walliams himself).

The Week junior has a range of free comprehension activities in their English resources collection.

This link will take parents to the Derbyshire website which in turn will link to the library where there are a host of reading materials.

Reading for Inference Meeting new

Guided Reading

Reading in Key Stage one includes the teaching of phonics, where children learn to decode words. We encourage reading for pleasure and understanding.

Progress in Reading in Key Stage 2 is focused around comprehension, inference and deduction. To develop these vital skills, children should read widely and regularly.







By using these questions to structure discussions when reading with your child, you can ensure that these skills are continually being developed.

Reading is assessed across these areas;

Assessment Focus 1: Use a range of strategies to decode and read text.

e.g. reading key words on sight, sounding out unfamiliar words.

Assessment focus 2: describe and understand, select and retrieve information form the text such as names, events and key facts.

E.g. retelling the story by paraphrasing the text

Assessment Focus 3: deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts

e.g. identifying how a character is feeling by their facial expression or behaviour

Assessment focus 4: identify and comment on the structure and organisation of tests including grammatical and presentational features.

e.g. how images are used to share information, how a text contains an argument then counter- argument

Assessment Focus 5: explain and comment on writers uses f language, including grammatical and literary feature.

e.g. suggesting why particular adjectives or verbs have been used and the effect they have on the reader.


Assessment Focus 6: identify and comment on writers purposes and viewpoints and the overall effect of the test on the reader.

e.g. identifying that the writer doesn’t like violence by their comments on it.

Assessment Focus 7: relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contests and literary tradition.

e.g. making links between books about a historical event or cultural topic.


Useful Questions



Identify a word from the text which shows that….

What was happening at the beginning of the story?

True/False based on the text

How many …….

Give one example……..

Match answers doe test evidence

Which character ….

Fill in the gaps in the table….

Choose the best word to fill in the gap ……….



What does this quotation suggest about ….?

Explain the use of the word….

What impression do you get of the feelings of this character form the test?

Why did ….?

What might this character have been thinking?

If you made a movie of this, what type of music would you use for it and why?

How are the experiences of these two characters similar?

Why did he feel….?

How did the characters feelings change?

What would you buy/do/see/ask? Base you answer on evidence for the text

What evidence is there that …?

What is the characters attitude towards….?



How does the first sentence help to guide the reader?

How does this paragraph link back to the opening paragraph?

How does the writer link the conclusion to the introduction?

How does the writer build up to the conclusion?

Sequence these events from the text.

Label these parts of the text.

Who does the timeline/image/diagram/layout make it easier to understand?

Why is this element in bold/italics/underlined?

What would be a suitable caption for this image?

What would be a suitable heading for this text?

Give two features that tell you it is written as a formal letter/diary/scripts?


Explain how the use of language in this sentence shows…

Why does the writer use the work…

Why is the description of ….. a good metaphor to use?

Underline the word/noun/verb/phrase which shows that…

What does the choice of language suggest….

How does the choice of language create the impression that ….

Why is this style of formal/ informal language used in this text?

What words help the reader to imagine….

Which phrase best describes ….

Explain two ways in which this sentence makes the reader….

Why is the word…. In inverted commas?

Chose a word to describe this character. Why?

What is the effect of ….?

In what way is …. Like….?

Which parts of the text tell you….


What do you think the writer thinks about this topic? Why?

How does the writer show his positive/negative attitude towards…?

How does this article create the impression that ….?
Which elements of this text are persuasive?

Why does this section begin with a question?
What is the main purpose of this text?

Which of these texts would inspire you to ….?
How does the author make you feel?

Why has the author included….?

How can you recognise the attitude of this character?



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