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National Curriculum

Years 3 and 4 programme of study                    

Reading - word reading

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology) both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet.
  • Read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word.

 

Reading - comprehension

Pupils should be taught to:

Develop positive attitudes to reading, and an understanding of what they read, by:

  • Listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks

  • Reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes

  • Using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read

  • Increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally

  • Identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books

  • Preparing poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action

  • Discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination

  • Recognising some different forms of poetry, for example, free verse, narrative poetry

    Understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by:

  • Checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding, and            explaining the meaning of words in context

  • Asking questions to improve their understanding of a text

  • Drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence

  • Predicting what might happen from details stated and implied

  • Identifying main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising these

  • Identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning

  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction

  • Participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say

In addition to the Y3 & 4 programme of study, pupils in Y5 & 6 will be taught to:

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 wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks

  • Recommending books that they have read to their peers, giving reasons for their choices

  • Identifying and discussing themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing

  • Making comparisons within and across books

  • Learning a wider range of poetry by heart

  • Preparing poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience

    Understand what they read by:

  • Checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context

  • Asking questions to improve their understanding

  • Drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence

  • Predicting what might happen from details stated and implied

  • Summarising the main ideas drawn from more than 1 paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas

  • Identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning

  • Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader

  • Distinguish between statements of fact and opinion

  •  Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction

  •  Participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenging views courteously

  • Explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic and using notes where necessary

  • Provide reasoned justifications for their views