Becoming a more experienced reader


Becoming a more experienced reader
Our school library provides a selection of stories and non-fiction books, including a range of content, narrative styles and points of view.  This level encourages readers to form opinions and discuss their own reading tastes. These books will have more complex text features, such as an overarching plot and deeper structures of character relationships and themes.

Children should now be able to discuss the characters and narrator in much more detail and may enjoy silent reading more, so allow time for regular quiet reading sessions.


  • Understand how the use of chapters and paragraphs are used to build up ideas 
  • Compare and discuss the work of an author whilst discussing the positives and negatives of a book 
  • Read more elaborate descriptive vocabulary 
  • Challenge themselves when reading and learn new things from texts 
  • Observe and explain the purpose, audience and viewpoints of different texts


How to support your child:

Your child may not want to read aloud to you so often now because they probably enjoy silent reading more. This is fine as long as your child continues to read actively when they are not reading aloud and does not just skim over the words. You can help them by: 

  • Continuing to make a time available for regular quiet reading sessions, and reading your book while your child reads. 
  • Asking them to choose a part of the text to read aloud, using different voices to show their understanding of different characters.
  • Having a conversation at the end of each reading session: can they tell you what’s happening in their book? 
  • Asking questions which make your child go back to the book to find answers - support them as they develop skills in skimming and scanning to find the information to answer your question. 
  • Continuing to read aloud to your child at bedtime. This shows them the importance you place on reading as well as developing their language, vocabulary and love of story.