Cracking Comprehension Reading Program
Through our ‘Cracking Comprehension’ Reading programme, teachers teach the skills of reading, modelling how to answer each question by ‘thinking out loud’. Using exciting, challenging reading materials, teachers model how to answer a wide range of comprehension questions before asking children to answer similar questions based on a related text.
Children are asked to analyse text, justify their answer with evidence from the text they are reading. They are also encouraged to voice their opinion, giving reasons for their thinking.
Each term, children experience three units of work based on reading skills including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Children are asked to use their knowledge of the different genres to answer questions about the text.
At Holy Family, we believe that comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction.
Reading Across the Curriculum
In addition, all pupils are encouraged to read quality fiction and non-fiction to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading skills are applied within all subjects.