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Guided Reading - Reception & KS1

Guided Reading is taught daily from Reception, when children are working at an appropriate level and throughout Key Stage One. As part of this, children will have the opportunity to read as part of group with an adult at least once per week. In other sessions, children undertake reading activities independently. Children are grouped according to their reading ability and the text is carefully chosen to match their colour band and objective. These sessions are led by a teacher or teaching assistant and are used to develop the children’s comprehension and understanding of texts in the follow areas:


1a Draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts
1b Identify / explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as characters, events, titles and information
1c Identify and explain the sequence of events in texts
1d Make inferences from the text
1e Predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far


At St Mary’s we use a range of reading schemes, including Big Cat Collins and Oxford Reading Tree. The document entitled 'Age Related Texts' below sets out our expectations for the level of texts that children should be reading in given year groups. Reading characters are introduced to the children in Reception and reading sessions are taught against these characters throughout school. These characters aim to support children in understanding and applying comprehension skills. The characters are - spotter; clue finder; chatterer; selector. Whole class reading comprehension is taught in Year 1 and Year 2 once a week and will teach based on one of these characters. Reception have whole class story time three times a week which focuses on comprehension skills.