The point of reading is to understand and absorb information and language. You need phonics and sight words to do this, but you need another human being to help you understand more about the information that the book contains.
Explaining what new or unusual words mean (which our great books are full of!), asking and answering questions about the book and discussing feelings, messages and hidden meanings are all great ways to help your child develop their comprehension skills. These are the skills that unlock opportunities for your child and that mean they can learn in all subjects and grow into articulate thinkers.
Please continue to read with your child 3 times a week focussing on comprehension with older children.
To help you, we send home comprehension bookmarks with suggested questions that should work for any book your child is reading. Use the non-fiction ones for information books and the fiction ones for story books.
Ask your child the questions on the book mark for the book they are reading.
The full set for each colour book band level is provided below.