Learning to read is one of the most important life skills teachers can help a child develop. Teaching reading is a vital part of a career in the classroom and engaging with the range of different learning styles children have is a real challenge. Trainee teachers need to learn how to address this variety of learning needs, and also meet the wider demands of the curriculum. Margaret Perkins helps students meet these challenges to become a confident, reflective teacher of reading by providing: * An in-depth explanation of phonics teaching alongside other teaching approaches, empowering trainees to choose the right approach for each individual child * Key research findings so students can apply the latest thinking to their teaching practice* School-based activities and independent learning tasks to help apply theory to practice, and develop teaching skills through self-reflection * Classroom scenarios of teacher-child interactions that demonstrate how children learn and respond to different teaching strategies.

Teaching Comprehension

Teaching Comprehension

Teaching Comprehension

Chapter objectives

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • have considered the relationship between response and comprehension
  • understand the different ways of comprehending a text
  • be able to reflect on your own comprehension skills as a reader
  • know some strategies for teaching children to comprehend
  • know the place of comprehension in the National Curriculum.


So far, this account of the journey towards becoming a teacher of reading has looked at the knowledge and the skills needed for effective teaching. In looking at the skills, the focus has been on teaching decoding as that is the strong policy of the current government. Teachers of reading are required to teach pupils to use phonics as their first strategy when reading a text. Assessments of six-year-olds focus purely on ...

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