Listening to your child read every night is something we ask you do as part of their homework. In school children take part in small group and class reading session but they also greatly benefit from a daily 1:1 reading session, something that isn’t always possible in school.
Research has shown that:

  • Over 70% of children with SEN between 3-5 years old have language learning difficulties
  • Vocabulary at age 5 is a powerful predictor of GCSE achievement
  • 2/3 of 7-14 year olds with serious behaviour problems have language impairment
  • There are currently 189 000 young people categorised as NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). A large proportion of these will have restricted language competencies
  • 65% of young people in youth offending institutions have communication difficulties
  • 47% of employers say they can’t recruit people with the communication skills they need

Reading is not just about reading words but also ensuring that children can understand what they are reading, the comprehension part of it. We know that it is difficult to think of questions to ask so have put some together for you.

Questions to ask your child when listening to them read

Key stage 1 pupils

  • Do you know anything about this book already?
  • Do you know any of the characters in this story?
  • What do you do if you get stuck on a word?
  • What sound does this letter make?
  • What word is that when you put all the sounds together?
  • Why do you think X ( a character) did that?
  • What do you think will happen next?

Why do you think Y (an event) happened?

Key stage 2 pupils

  • Why did you choose this book?
  • Is this book fiction or non fiction?
  • Do you know what this word mean?
  • What other word could the author have used that means the same thing?
  • How do you think X is feeling at this moment?
  • What will happen next? What makes you think that?
  • How do you think the author wants us to feel at this moment/ what are they trying to do here?