Reading at Year 6 – what’s the fuss?

Most young kids love reading, but when the busy Year 6 starts, it can be challenging to find the time to encourage them to read for fun.

It’s important to remember, however, that the more kids read on their own time, the higher they tend to score on the Reading section of Year 6 SATs tests.

In fact, about 76% of students who report reading for fun on their own time once a week or more perform at the high end of basic level testing. While 14% of students who never or hardly ever read for fun perform below the basic level, according to Government research.

So how can we get kids reading during their free time when they’re already so busy in and out of school?

Firstly, expose your child to a variety of books and genres so that they can figure out what they enjoy. If kids love the books and topics they’re reading about, like football or inventions, they’re much more likely to reach for a book.

Scheduling in regular reading time is a great way to ensure reading becomes part of your daily routine. As busy as the day is, try and make sure that there is a little bit of reading happening every day.

20 minutes a day can seem like a lot of time but it can make a huge difference over the course of a year. Try and implement the 20/20/20 guideline. 20 minutes of reading at home, 20 minutes of being read to, and 20 minutes of reading at school.

Just like a movie night, consider having a reading night. With popcorn, cosy blankets and the optional hot chocolate, make reading something your family can do together.

Reading in Year 6 also contains an element of preparing for the reading tests. If you’re looking for reading practice for the SATs, SATs Companion has 10 Reading tests available for practice all with instant marking. Subscribe today to try our Year 6 Reading tests and revision.

What are your favourite tips for engaging children with reading?


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