As pupils make the transition between Key Stages One and Two, their phonic knowledge continues to be reinforced through repeated practice. Fluency in reading remains high-priority as the children move through increasingly challenging reading texts that are categorised into book-bands.
A daily reading lesson provides children with the opportunity to further develop fluency by listening to challenging texts being read by the class teacher, their peers and to participate regularly in reading to an audience. Crucially, pupils are introduced to the skills required to comprehend more challenging texts, linked to the current topic. These include: vocabulary, inference, prediction, retrieval, summarising and sequencing.
The level of the book-banded reading books accessed by pupils is reviewed formatively by class teachers who listen to pupils read both on an individual basis and during lessons. Progress in reading is supported by verbal feedback and the marking of written work. Ongoing assessment methods support teachers in identifying and planning the next steps for pupils.
In Years One to Six, summative assessments of the reading skills taught are carried out on a termly basis during a whole school assessment week.