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How To Support Your Child With Reading

17 February 2017

Research has shown that children who read regularly at home and school achieve better in life.  Reading allows them to develop skills such as empathy, reasoning, imagination and much, much more.  At BIS HCMC we encourage our parents to make reading part of their family’s everyday routine which allows children to develop a lifelong love of reading.   

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In F3 and Year 1 we are passionate about developing your child’s love for reading!

Here are some tips from our coffee morning –


Children have access to library books, BB books and in Year 1 phonic books. These are all changed by the children in school time.

Parents can also visit the library to take/ return books any day after school.


Try not to tell your child a word, encourage them to sound it out themselves.

  • Green words – children can use phonics to sound words out.
  • Red words – phonics cannot be used, the words need to be learnt on sight.

If they cannot decode a word then you can tell them, but make sure they re-read the whole sentence for understanding and fluency.

If you need support on red/ green words and phonic pronunciations please email, write in your child’s diary or visit the following links for more information:


Ask questions to develop a dialogue about the book. From simple find it questions beginning with ‘what’ or ‘where’, then moving onto deeper ‘how’ or ‘why’ questions. Predictions should be made throughout. Use question time as an opportunity to expand your child’s vocabulary and make links to their experiences.

Holly Johnson, Year 1 Teacher