The National Curriculum for 2014 places an emphasis on encouraging children to read for pleasure and to be able to discuss what they have read in order to effectively demonstrate secure comprehension skills. How do you meet the needs of more able readers in this? How do you provide focused, inclusive yet challenging lessons? What does a good KS2 reading lesson look like? This book will help.

Year 4: Identifying Themes

Year 4: Identifying themes

Learning Outcomes

Being able to identify themes in a text is a skill that will be increasingly used throughout school. But it is also how we become critically literate as readers. This means children are less vulnerable to hidden messages and curricula which may reinforce stereotypes and values that do not match those of contemporary society.

This chapter will allow you to achieve the following outcomes:

  • know how to structure and scaffold a literary investigation;
  • understand what a theme is in relation to plot, topic or moral;
  • develop an understanding of critical literacy and its importance for learners.

Teachers’ Standards

Working through this chapter will help you meet the following standards:

  • Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils.
  • Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge.
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