The ability to recognise words presented in and out of context.
The ability to blend letter sounds (phonemes) together to read words.
The ability to understand the meaning of the words and sentences in a text.
The ability to understand the ideas, information and themes in a text.
If a child understands what they hear, they will understand the same information when they read.
Here is a list of questions/activities you could ask/do with your child to improve their understanding of a text. We are happy for you to write the question and response in their reading diary or send in any work on paper.
Knowledge of vocabulary
What does that sentence tell you about the character/mood/setting?
The writer uses words like …………… to describe. How does that make you feel?
How has the writer made you/or character feel …….. happy/sad/angry/frustrated/lonely. Can you find these words?
Find 5 interesting words in your book. Write down what each word means.
Draw and label a picture of a setting from your story. Copy words and phrases.
Identify and explain fiction and non-fiction texts
Who are the characters in the story?
What part of the story do you like best? Why?
What does he/she look like?
How do the title/contents page/chapter headings/glossary/index help me find information in this book?
Draw a picture of your favourite character – find three things the author says about this character.
Write down some facts you have learned about your book?
Sequence of events
Use three sentences to describe the beginning, middle and end of this text?
What happens first in the book?
Why does the main character do ‘x’ in the middle of the story?
How does the hero save the day in the story?
Draw a story mountain or story map to show events in the book?
Draw a cartoon strip of the main events in the story.
Making inferences from the text
What do these words mean and why do you think the author chose them?
I wonder why the author decided to ………….?
How do you think a character was feeling at akey point in the story? Write their thoughts in a thought bubble.
Pick a character from your book, write a list of things they would like or dislike. Find things in the text that support why you’ve made these choices about your character.
Write an alternative title for the book. Explain why you have chosen this title.
Predict what might happen on the basis of
what has ben read so far.
Look at the cover/title/first line/chapter headings … what do you think will happen next?
What will happen next? Why do you think this? Are ther any clues in the text?
Can you think of another story, which has a similar theme? E.g good over evil. Do you think this story will go the same way?
After finishing the story, think what would happen if there was an extra chapter.
Write a blurb for the book.
We are introducing a new reading challenge to encourage children to enjoy books and develop a love of reading.
We will be starting a reward system giving the children a chance to win a new book.
The system will be:
– If your child reads 10 or more times over 2 weeks they receive a raffle ticket to put in a jar.
– If your child moves up a reading band they receive a raffle ticket to put in a jar.
– If your child’s classteacher thinks your child has made progress or tried really hard with their reading they receive a raffle ticket to put in a jar.
At the end of every 2 weeks each year group will have one raffle ticket winner – the winning raffle ticket holder will be able to choose a new book from a selection of books.
We will be starting the new reading challenge week beginning 7th October.
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