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Reading at Smitham

Reading is a vital skill that will support children’s learning across the whole curriculum at Smitham. As a school, we will ensure that the children are taught fluency, accuracy and understanding through a variety of cross-curricular learning opportunities. Above all, we want the children at Smitham to become enthusiastic, independent, reflective readers and we want to instil in them a love of reading that will last a lifetime. 

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Here are a number of hints and tips for you when reading with your child at home. We hope you find them useful!


At Smitham, Reading VIPERS are used to support children with their reading comprehension skills. It would be fantastic if you could refer to these question prompts at home as well when you are reading with your child. Click on the approriate PDF for your child's stage at school for more ideas on VIPER questions:

Reading and Phonics Games Online: 

Word dominoes: http://www.toolsforeducators.com/dominoes/text.php

Word and phonic games: http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html

Phonics games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds


Comprehension skills: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3882hv

Other Games: 

Snap, Memory games, Word of the day, Dictionary Race

Books Online: 

Pick a Tale: https://pickatale.co.uk

Children’s Storybooks Online: http://www.magickeys.com/books/

Epic: https://www.getepic.com

Reading Podcasts: 

Storyshed, Stories Podcasts, The Story Home


Smitham Reading Newsletter Autumn 2020

Smitham Reading Newsletter Spring 2021

Parent Reading Workshop Slides: Spring 2021

Ideas For Reading With Your Child:

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