Activities for Reading at Home

Questions to ask your child before they start reading:

  • Looking at the front cover, what do you think the book is about?  What clues are there to help you make that prediction?
  • What made you choose this book?
  • Have you read a book by this author before?

Questions to ask while you are reading:

  • What do you think of the story so far?
  • What do you think is going to happen next?
  • Where does the story take place? What do you think this place is like?
  • Do you like (the name of the character)? Why?
  • How does this story make you feel?

Questions to ask when you've finished reading:

  • Tell me what has happened in the story?
  • Tell me a fact you have learned (information book)?
  • Was your predication about what the book was about correct?
  • What do you think happened after the story was finished?
  • What was your favourite part of the story? Why?
  • Who was your favourite character? Why?
  • Does this book remind you of any other stories you have read? How?
  • If you could pick a character to be your friend, who would you pick? Why?
  • What book do you want to read next?

More questions can be found here: Boost Literacy Skills with Questions for Reading Comprehension ( 

Activities you can do with your child at home:

  • Redesign the front cover based on your understanding of the story.
  • Draw the main character in your story.
  • Continue the story in your own words… what happens next?
  • Change the ending of the story– can you make it even better?
  • Write a book review.
  • Write a letter to a friend recommending your book.
  • Draw the setting in the story you’ve read.
  • Write a list of words you didn’t understand and then look them up in a dictionary.
  • Pick out your favourite vocabulary from the book to use in your next story!
  • Write down questions for someone else to answer about your book.

Online activities:

Online activities for Key Stage 1:


Online activities for Key Stage 2: