Reading with your child

Year 3

Sharing a book with your child is fun! It is a time for closeness, laughing and talking together - and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.

If you are not feeling confident about reading aloud or sharing books, don’t worry - there's no right or wrong way to enjoy a story together. But if you'd like some tips, here are a few pointers to help you out. Mr Speck has put together some wonderful videos to help you read with your child. In each video, Mr Speck takes you through a reading skill, and models how to make reading as engaging as possible.

Here's an introductory video with general tips, then videos for particular skills below.

Reading skills reference sheet

Introductory video

Supporting reading with your child at home.

Watch the Reading Skills videos


Reading skills videos & tips.

Retrieval (Retrieval Rex)

Using the text to retrieve facts and key details

Start by asking your child to retrieve from a shorter section of text e.g. a sentence or paragraph. Then extend to a page or even a chapter; this will also enable them to practise their 'skim' reading skills to locate specific information.

Inference (Inference Iggy)

Look for clues in a text about how someone is feeling or why something is happening

Ask your child to describe a character from the book and then find evidence to support their opinion e.g. something the characters says or does.

Retrieval and Inference


Predicting (Predicting Pip)

Work out what might happen next from clues in the text or from knowledge of books

Spend time discussing the cover of the book. Are there any clues here that might help you predict the plot of the story? Or can you make any links with other books you have read?

Summarising (Summarising Sheba)

Giving a summary of the main points of a section/chapter/book

Ask your child to recap the story they are reading. Encourage them to give detail and use sequencing language e.g. time connectives. Their summary should allow you to be clear on the key events of the story.

Predicting and Summarising


Author Intent

how the author has used words/phrases to add meaning and effect to the text

Choose specific moments of drama or suspense and discuss how the author has created these e.g. by choosing specific words or phrases or by using a particular sentence structure.

Vocabulary (Victor Vocabulary)

Exploring new or interesting words in the text to grow personal vocabulary and build awareness of new words

Ask your child to choose favourite words or phrases. Why do they like them? Could they use them in conversation or in their writing? Are there any words that are new/unfamiliar to them? What do they think they mean?

Author Intent and Vocabulary