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Questions to ask about Reading at home

Questions you could use to support your child whilst reading – Early Years

  • What do you think this book is about? Why do you think that?
  • What do you think is going to happen now?
  • How did that happen?
  • Can you think of another word the author could have used?
  • What would happen next if you were the author?
  • Why do you think that happened?
  • What would the next book look like?
  • Has that ever happened to you?


Questions you could use to support your child whilst reading – KS 1

  • How do you know what the main character is thinking/feeling?
  • What words tell us about the setting of the story?
  • Why do you think XXX decided to do that?
  • Why do you think those words are in italics/bold/large? What is the author trying to tell us?
  • What do you think the solution is?
  • What are the main points of the story?
  • What is your prediction about the next part of the story based on what you have already read?
  • What was your favourite sentence? Why?
  • If you were the author, what would you improve?


 Questions you could use to support your child whilst reading – KS 2

  • When does the author explore the emotions of the characters?
  • As a reader, what can you tell about the author’s style?
  • What does the tone of the character’s voice reveal?
  • The author uses XXX. What are they trying to show us?
  • Can you surmise what the inner thoughts of the character are?
  • Where in the text does the majority of the action take place? How do you know?
  • What evidence can you find to prove XXX?
  • How is the author’s viewpoint revealed?
  • What is the writers intended impact at this point in the story?