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Read and Respond



Throughout school from Foundation Stage to Year 6, children take part in a specific reading comprehension lesson every week. This lesson is based upon a text which has been chosen primarily because of the level of challenge it presents, either challenge through language, theme or issues. A unit of work is planned around a text and each child reads a chapter/section of the story every week at home in preparation for this lesson. This is a crucial part of homework because it allows the time in lesson to be spent exploring a wider range of comprehension skills in depth rather than simply reading the chapter and retrieving basic information as a recap.

Skills are focused around our reading gems, such as summarising and predicting using evidence from the text, evaluating and analysing an author’s craft, making judgements about characters’ motivations and debating and examining key issues are just a selection of the vital comprehension experiences our children participate in weekly.

The work produced in these lessons is recorded in a Read and Respond Journal which showcases the variety of developing reading thinking skills on offer.

Here are some examples of the texts we use in our Read and Respond sessions:

20/2021- Year 4 confidently threw themselves into debating about the King’s actions in our book ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’.

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Debating from the other point of view...

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Year 4 had a debate about Coraline and where she should live.

This morning, Year 5 have been discussing the meaning behind Mr Browne’s precepts in the book ‘Wonder’. This inspired us to create our own precepts, explaining the meaning behind them to our classmates.

‪Year 5 are working together to create a mind map from the discussions they are having about August and Jack’s developing relationship. We are justifying our ideas with evidence from the text, which we will use to create a summary of this blossoming friendship.‬

Year 3- Dragon's Den