Learning to Read KS2 - Bug Club Comprehension
Once children become competent decoders, usually towards the end of KS1 or the beginning of KS2, we introduce Bug Club Comprehension.
Roald Dahl once said, “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers. To become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”
Bug Club's Comprehension's driving force has always been for all children to learn to become readers. The term ‘reader’ means more than to be able to decode. To be a ‘reader’, children should find books ‘funny, exciting and wonderful’; a rich source of amusement, entertainment, escapism, information as well as thought-provoking and, at times, challenging.
Supporting your child at home
Even once children are fluent readers, they still benefit from reading out loud or being read to. When sharing books with your child, discuss the book you are reading. Here are some suggestions of questions you could ask, answer or discuss.
What has happened in the story so far?
What do you think will happen next?
Who is your favourite character? Why?
Who is the character you like least? Why?
Do you think the author intended you to like / dislike this character? How do you know?
Does your opinion of this character change during the story? How? Why?
Find two things the author wrote about this character that made him / her likeable?
If you met one of the characters from the story, what would you say to him / her?
Which part of the story is your favourite / least favourite? Why?
Would you change any part of the story? How?
Would you change any of the characters? How?
Which part of the story was the funniest/scariest/ saddest/ happiest? Find some evidence in the
text to support your opinion.
What is the purpose of this book? How do you know?
Why is this page laid out in this way? Could you improve it?
Pick three favourite words or phrases from this chapter. Can you explain why you chose them?
Did this book make you laugh? Can you explain what was funny and why?
Have you read anything else by this author? Is anything similar?
Does this book remind you of anything else? How?
When do you think this book was written? How do you know? Does it matter? What would it be like
if it was written now?
Do you think the title of the book is appropriate? What would you have called it?
What is the genre of the book: sci-fi, mystery, historical, fantasy, adventure, horror, comedy? What
are the features that make you think this?
Find two sentences which describe the setting.
Is the plot fast or slow moving? Find some evidence in the text, which supports your view.
If the author had included another paragraph before the story started what do you think it would
Would you like to read another book by this author? Why/ why not?
Of course, it doesn’t have to be you asking the questions. Why not turn the tables and let your child
ask you about your reading material?
The greatest encouragement for your child is to see you - their most influential role model - reading.