Developing Reading Skills

Advanced Reader
Shows a love of reading and a thirst for books.  Daily reading of books from a variety of genres.  Happily reads and enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction texts independently.  Enjoys the challenge of reading classics and complex texts.  Reads texts that are above reading age.  Enjoys the challenge of reading new, unfamiliar words, exploring meanings in more detail when needed. Will develop vocabulary through contextual understanding of words.

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Secure Reader
Enjoys reading books.  Tries to read a few times a week as part of a routine.  Reads books from a few different genres.  Will read a combination of fiction and non-fiction texts.  Might try to read the odd classic.  Will read texts at and above reading age.  Will look up new words that are unfamiliar.

  • Try to set time aside every day for reading to develop the thirst
  • Try reading new genres- look at the ‘Developing Literacy’ section of the school website for inspiration
  • Aim to read at least five classics this year to develop the challenge of reading and vocabulary range
  • Reading the same classic text as your child and generating discussions about them to check for understanding and develop engagement

Developing Reader
Will attempt to read books.  Reads once a week if encouraged/supervised.  Reads books that are usually from the same genre or series of books.  Has tendencies to read non-fiction over fiction texts.  Texts read will be at or below reading age.  Will try to work out what unfamiliar words mean.

  • Try to set time aside every other day (30 minutes or more) for reading so that reading becomes routine
  • Look on the ‘Developing Literacy’ section of the school website, here you will find a set of reading lists from each subject, there may be a text from a favourite subject that might inspire the reading of a new genre
  • Aim to have every other book read as a fiction book, there are a variety of suggestions on the subject reading lists on the school website
  • Reading the same text as your child and generating discussions about them to check for understanding and develop engagement

Emerging Reader
Will read books when told to.  Seldom reads.  When reading takes place, only one genre is read.  Will typically chose books below and working towards reading age.  Disengaged by unfamiliar words. Finds reading the book aloud helpful.

  • Try to set time aside each day (10-20 minutes) for reading so that reading becomes routine
  • Reading together may help engagement with reading
  • Selecting a book to read together may also develop a value of reading
  • Make sure the text selected is at an appropriate level.  If there are more than five words on the page that your child does not understand, the text is likely to be too challenging