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.

What is Reading?

What is reading?

Learning Outcomes

The way we communicate without being present, through a myriad of symbols on a blank surface, would seem to be a uniquely human trait. While production of the signs and symbols is miraculous enough, being able to access their meaning connects us to people and places we may not come across in our daily lives. This chapter explores what is meant by the term reading as an activity that enables the communication circle to be completed.

This chapter will allow you to achieve the following outcomes:

  • understand what reading is and what it entails;
  • understand different theories of learning to read.

Teachers’ Standards

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

  • Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge.

Making Sense of Reading


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