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Ascot Heath CE Junior School


Reading Guide For Parents

Reading aloud requires rehearsal to experience success. Let your child scan the page to be read, asking them to identity any tricky words they are uncertain of.

When they encounter tricky words:

  • Ask them what they think it is
  • Listen to the attempt – praise the risk taken
  • Identify parts of the word known
  • Help to blend the parts of the word into one
  • If the word is beyond them then give the word
  • Remember the word as it could be reinforced later through conversation

Expression and different dialects are also very important when reading, but this should be focused on once fluency has been reached. Your attitude to books and to children reading is observed and imitated. Please try to do the following things to help your child:

  • Read books
  • Discuss books
  • Purchase books
  • Suggest titles
  • Make reading time available
  • Have bookcases filled with books
  • Read newspapers and magazines
  • Ask for quiet while you read

If this is done then you are giving a strong message to your children that books are valuable and reading is fun. The love of reading is formed and encouraged by parents. It takes time to learn to read fluently and easily, and time to keep up with reading. This precious time needs to be freely given. Encourage your children to find a particular series or author to explore. Try to have a book case in each child's room and encourage each child's individual style and taste of reading to evolve. 

Please try to hear your child read at least 4 times per week, and when you do please sign their reading books and add a comment (not neccessary every time) so we know the children are reading at home.

You will also find below a copy of the 'Reading Vipers' document as found on This is fantastic resource for developing childrens comprehension of texts, and suggests types of questions that are appropriate to developing areas of understanding.