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Briar Hill Infant School


Mrs Tester is our English Lead. 

We value the importance of speaking and listening and provide many opportunities for children to think, discuss, plan, learn and reflect in an imaginative and collaborative way. We use Letters and Sounds for our daily phonics teaching and learning. We encourage and develop a love of reading for purpose and pleasure through a text based curriculum. We teach pre-cursive and cursive handwriting through the 'Letterjoin' scheme from Reception with excellent outcomes for children. We promote a topic and text based approach to learning both within English and all other subjects as a way to 'hook' our children into learning through an exciting story!

Developing these essential skills enables our children to become confident speakers, listeners, readers and therefore writers immersed in purposeful learning. We encourage you to read with your children daily and where possible be a good reading role model for them. 

The importance of asking questions while your child is reading.

When we hear children read in school alongside their phonic skills we also support their comprehension skills.

Below you will find a list of possible questions to help you with conversations about your child’s reading. They are not intended to be used all at once or every time you read with your child, just pick a few each time you read, using a range of questions over several sessions. Do use them at your own discretion and where they are appropriate.

Please click HERE to see the video guide in our Learning in Action on the Federation tab.


Questions to ask before you read

  • Is the text fiction or non-fiction? How do you know that?
  • Who is the author of the text?
  • What could you do to find out what this book is about? (look at the blurb)
  • Can you look at the pictures and predict what you think will happen in this book?
  • What makes you think that?
  • What characters do you think might be in our story?
  • Do you think there will be a problem in this story? Why or why not?
  • Does the topic/story make any links to you or your family? How?

Questions to ask during the reading

  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What can you tell me about the story so far?
  • Does the story remind you of any other stories you’ve read?
  • Can you predict how the story will end?
  • How is this character feeling?
  • Why do you think the character did _______?
  • What would you have done if you were the character?
  • How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)
  • As I read____________, it made me picture________ in my head. What pictures do you see in your head?
  • As you read, what are you wondering about?
  • Can you put what you’ve just read in your own words?

Questions to ask after reading

  • Can you remember the title?
  • In your opinion, was it a good title for this book? Why or why not?
  • Were your predictions about the story correct?
  • If there was a problem, did it get solved?
  • What happened because of the problem?
  • Have you read any books that had similar problems?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • Have you read any other books by the same author?
  • What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?
  • What was your favourite part of the story?
  • If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be?
  • Can you retell the story in order?
  • If you were __________, how would you have felt?
  • What do you think was the most interesting part in the story?
  • Is there a character in the story like you? How are you alike?
  • Why did you like this book?

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