Expectations in primary English are high, particularly in reading. There is an emphasis on inference and deduction together with vocabulary development: two key elements for preparing pupils to access texts at a higher level. At the same time, there is also a change in the rhetoric around guided reading with teachers trying different pedagogies in order to fully prepare pupils for the demands of the reading curriculum. This book explores the various approaches to developing higher level readers.

Reading and Assessment

Reading and Assessment

Chapter objectives

This chapter will allow you to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Understand what statutory assessment looks like for reading at Key Stage 2;
  • Explore different methods of formative assessment around reading;
  • Consider relevant research around assessing reading comprehension.

Links to the Teachers’ Standards

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

  • Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
  • Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
  • Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
  • Make accurate and productive use of assessment

Links to the National Curriculum

Years five and six Programme of Study

Reading – comprehension

Pupils should be taught to:

  • maintain positive attitudes to reading and an understanding of what they read by:
    • continuing to read and discuss an increasingly ...
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