Thorpe Primary School

Where we all can shine

0113 5217040

parents@thorpe.leeds.sch.uk

Dolphin Lane, Thorpe, Wakefield,
West Yorkshire, WF3 3DG

How to Support Your Child at Home 

Top Tips for Reading with Your Child at Home

  • What is happening? Talk about what is happening in the picture before you read the text.
  • Discuss the meaning of words. Use a dictionary to get your child used to exploring words for themselves.
  • Discuss alternative words. For example, 'big'. Ask your child to think of another word that means the same, use a thesaurus to help you.
  • Make predictions. What do you think will happen next and why?
  • Discuss feelings. How do you think the characters are feeling and why?
  • Where is the story set? Have your read another story with the same or similar setting?
  • Discuss the problem in the story. What has happened? What went wrong?
  • Discuss the resolution. How was the problem solved?
  • Fact or Fiction? How do you know?
  • What have you learnt? 
  • Encourage children to use expression when reading, especially for the voices of different characters.
  • Discuss the punctuation on the page, for example, exclamation marks. What are these for and how should this part of the text be read?
  • Focus on a couple of pages at a time and talk about the plot and characters in a lot of detail. 
  • Take it in turns so your child can hear you read.