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At Bickerstaffe School, we believe in the importance of developing children’s discrete word-reading skills and comprehension and the need to engage their love of books and reading.

We recognise that the two are intertwined; each relies on the other if the children are to become life-long readers.

Focus Authors


Each class have selected a focus author to learn all about, and enjoy a selection of books written by them.

Class 3 visit Liverpool Library March 2022

How to help foster a love of reading


As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When you help your child learn to read, you are opening the door to a world of books and learning.

Reading aloud to children is the best way to get them interested in reading. Before long they will grow to love stories and books. Eventually they will want to read on their own.

With the help of parents, children can learn how to read and can practise reading until they can read for their own enjoyment. Then they will have a whole world of information and knowledge at their fingertips!


Reading can be a family activity. Spending time with word games, stories, and books will help your child to: 

  • gather information and learn about the world
  • learn how stories and books work – that they have beginnings, endings, characters, and themes
  • build a rich vocabulary by reading and talking about new words
  • learn how to listen and how to think
  • learn the sounds of language and language patterns
  • fall in love with books

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. Use them at your discretion and where they are appropriate. Happy Reading !!


Questions to ask before you read

  • 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 relate 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?
  • Can you predict how the story will end?
  • 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?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?
  • What was your favorite 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 is the most interesting situation in the story?
  • Is there a character in the story like you? How are you alike?
  • Why did you like this book?

Children who read for pleasure are LIKELY TO DO SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER AT SCHOOL than their peers?”

Bickerstaffe Library

Children who are read to regularly by their parents at age 5 PERFORM BETTER IN TESTS AT AGE 16 than those who were not?”

Ormskirk Library.mp4

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Children who read for pleasure make more progress in MATHS, VOCABULARY AND SPELLING between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read?”

World Book Day 2022.mp4

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Reading for pleasure has the STRONGEST EFFECT ON CHILDREN’S VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT , but the impact on spelling and maths is also significant?”

Chris Allerton- Author Visit March 2022