Reading at Freeman’s Endowed C of E Junior Academy


Teaching and Learning

Although reading is taught as a stand-alone lesson across the school, different strategies are used, depending on the age and ability of the child. In Years 3 and 4 reciprocal reading is used whereby the children predict what the story might be about; clarify is the next stage where they check the meaning of the words or understanding of what they have just read; they then ask questions about the text and finally they summarise their understanding. Children in Year 3 also have the opportunity to work one-to-one with volunteers, once a week, who continue to work on comprehension skills.  As the children’s reading skills improve they move onto more traditional comprehension activities.  In Year 5 the children read longer text, in small groups, with the support of the class teacher.  The first focus is understanding the more challenging vocabulary and using reading skills to try to work out their meaning.  Then they will answer questions which require them to use the skills of inference and deduction:

Inference: an interpretation that goes beyond the literal information given.

Deduction: an understanding based on the evidence given in the text. e.g. The police find a car with a dent on the side of the road.

We could infer that there has been an accident.

We can deduce that the person was probably unhurt as they are no longer with the vehicle.

In Year 6 the children continue with the skills from Year 5 but focus more on the written responses in preparation for the end of key stage tests.


Aims and Objectives

The National Curriculum covers more than just the process of reading and comprehension. It encourages the preparing and performing of playscripts and poetry; the identifying of how language, structures and presentation contribute to meaning; the retrieving and summarising of non-fiction information; the use of dictionaries and the sharing of books which will, in turn, maintain positive attitudes towards reading.  

Use the link below to see the whole of the English Curriculum:



How parents can help at home

Please continue to support your child’s reading at school by listening to your child read and signing their reading diary (5 times per week).  Ask your child if there are any words they do not understand – it will be surprising how many simple words they may not know the meaning of.  Then ask them questions about the text or ask them to summarise what they have just read.  Encourage your child to read a variety of texts, including stories, information books, magazines, the Internet etc.