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Reading From Home Tips

Reading at home

On this page, you will find information about:

  • Websites that you can use to hear books being read.
  • Websites that you can use to read books online e.g. Rising stars and Oxford Owl. These are all linked to your reading level in school.
  • Reading strategies that you can use to help you read words that you are not sure of in your books.
  • Questions that you and your grown up can think about and answer when you are reading your books.

Online reading

Remember reading is so important and makes all your other learning easier. It can also help you to relax and is proven to improve well-being and self esteem. Make sure you read for at least 10 minutes per day and record it in your reading record. You can read anything you enjoy!

If you are getting a little tired of the books at home, remember you can collect books from the Outdoor Classroom in school every Wednesday.

You can also access your online reading books on ‘Rising Stars.’ Please see the link below. We are checking this and adding new books weekly, so please check it out! Please let us know if you need your login via seesaw or our Year 3 email and we will send it to you asap. 

Below are a list of other websites that you can use to access online reading books, or simply listen to one for pleasure.

Read to us!

We know you are working so hard on your reading at home and we would love you to send us a video of you reading something you're really enjoying. It might be a school book, it might be an online book or a book of your choice! You can send us a recording on Seesaw or by the year 3 email. We can't wait to hear you!

Questions for you and your grown up to think about when reading your books


As well as just reading books, it's really important that you are able to understand what has happened in the story/information book, answer questions about it and understand what the words mean and why the author has chosen to use them.


See below for some helpful questions to think about when you are reading and some questions that your grown ups can ask you too. Try to chose one or two questions from two or three of the sections below to help you to understand more about what you've read. 

Questions about the words (vocabulary) in the story

Questions about what has happened or what you've learned from the text (retrieval)

Questions about what you think might happen (Prediction)

Questions about inferring e.g. how you think a character is feeling from what you learn in the story, even though it may not say 'she felt sad'

Questions about Comparing stories or characters

Questions to Help you think like an Author

St Richards Reading Strategies - If you're stuck on a word and phonics doesn't work - use these to help you decode the word.