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Years 5 and 6 Questions for Reading

While reading with your child, try to choose one questions from each section. You could ask more than one type of questions per page. This will check that your child really understands what they are reading and could lead you into further conversations about the book.


Repair meaning breakdown

  • What does this… word/phrase/sentence… tell you about…?
  • What other words/phrases could the author have used?
  • Find and copy more than one word that shows…
  • Find and copy the word that suggests…
  • The writer uses words like … to describe …. What does this tell you about a character or setting?


Predicting and asking questions

  • From the cover what do you think this text is going to be about?
  • What is happening now? What happened before this? What will happen after?
  • What does this paragraph suggest will happen next? What makes you think this?
  • Do you think… will happen? Yes, no or maybe? Explain your answer using evidence from the text.
  • What questions or 'I wonder'… statements come to your mind after looking at the front cover, reading the blurb or reading this section?
  • Do you think the character will change their behaviour? Give reasons for your answer.


Using our background knowledge

  • Can you think of another story that has a similar theme; e.g. good over evil; weak over strong; wise over foolish? Do you think this story will go the same way?
  • Do you know of another story which deals with the same issues; e.g. social; moral; cultural? Could the same happen in this story?
  • Why did the author choose this setting? Will that influence how the story develops?
  • Which other stories have openings like this? Do you think this story will develop in the same way?


  • Why do you think the author chose to use a… question/bullet/subheading/table etc to present the information?
  • How does the title/layout encourage you to read on/find information?
  • Where does it tell you that…?
  • Why has the writer written/organised the text in this way?
  • In what ways do the illustrations support the instructions?
  • Who do you think this information is for?


Being detectives – using our inference

  • What do you think is happening here? What makes you think that?
  • What impression does this give?
  • Why might...?
  • What does the word 'x' tell you about 'y'?
  • Find two or three ways that the writer tells you 'x'.
  • What does this… word/phrase/sentence… tell you about… character/setting/mood etc?
  • How has the writer made you and/or character feel …happy/sad/angry/frustrated/lonely/ bitter etc?



VIP – What are the very important parts?

  • What is the setting of this story or section of this story?
  • Who are the main characters in the story and what can you tell me about them?
  • Summarise what happens at the beginning of the story.
  • What is the problem in the story? How is the problem solved?
  • Explain a character's different/changing feelings throughout a story. How do you know?
  • What are the clues that a character is liked/disliked/envied/feared/loved/hated etc…?
  • What is similar/different about two characters?
  • Why is 'x' (character/setting/event) important in the story?
  • What is the story (theme) underneath the story? Does this story have a moral or a message