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The Teaching of Reading

Reading is taught systematically and children learn and develop a range of skills in order to read with fluency and understanding. The skills taught include:

  • Explaining the meaning of words in context;
  • Retrieving and recording information and identifying key details from fiction and non-fiction;
  • Summarising the main ideas from more than one paragraph;
  • Making inferences from the text and be able to explain and justify these inferences with evidence from the text;
  • Predicting what might happen from details stated and implied;
  • Identifying and explaining how information or narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole;
  • Identifying and explaining how the meaning is enhanced through the choice of words and phrases;
  • Making comparisons within the text.

The teaching and learning of reading skills is through using high quality texts, which cover a range of genres, using carefully planned questions designed to challenge and create discussion. Lessons provide a balance of whole class teaching as well as small group teaching. Children have the opportunity to read independently at their own level, to read in a group supported by the teacher or another adult and also to share a text as a whole class with the teacher. South Green has a library from which children are encouraged to borrow both fiction and non-fiction books to take home. Parents are encouraged to help children with their reading.

How teachers support children to develop their reading

  • Expose children to high level texts covering a range of genres and authors.
  • Provide opportunities for children to analyse ‘the tools’ that authors use to create high quality texts.
  • Develop language through reading high quality texts in class and provide opportunities to discuss meaning.
  • Ensure that children recognise that each word in a text has been chosen over others to convey meaning.

KS2 Reading Mastery

We aim for all children to achieve mastery in their reading skills and this means that a child is able to demonstrate the following:

  • Children are actively engaged in their reading – they can talk about their writing and the reading process and can identify different genres and themes in what they are reading.
  • Children can read high level vocabulary words and texts fluently and without hesitation.
  • Children can use inference skills to determine the meaning of higher level vocabulary words without the use of a dictionary.
  • Children can explain and discuss why the author has used specific words in the text.
  • Children can apply their reading skill across the curriculum.
  • Children understand the morphology (structure of words and parts of words, such as stemsroot wordsprefixes, and suffixes) and etymology of words (word origins), and use this to establish meaning.
  • Children can compare and discuss themes from a range of authors.
  • Children demonstrate resilience in close reading.
  • Children use their in-depth knowledge and understanding of grammar, spelling and punctuation to comment on the effectiveness of texts.
  • Children can find and summarise information independently from a range of texts.
  • Children can make predictions, at the appropriate level for their year group, based on what they have read, and explain them.
  • Children can take part in discussions about a text by debating and justifying their opinion.

How teachers facilitate the children being able to be masters of their own learning in reading:

  • Provide opportunities for children to read high quality texts aloud.
  • Provide children with opportunities to analyse and discuss what has been read.
  • Emphasise the importance of skim reading to find the key elements of a text.
  • Provide opportunities for children to share any rich and sophisticated vocabulary that they have found in a text - display these around the room for others to magpie.

Instil a great pleasure of reading by ensuring that a range of exciting texts are discussed in lessons and available to take out on loan from the library.