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Year 6 Reading Curriculum

What is my child’s experience of reading in Year 6?

In Year 6, children continue to develop their reading inference skills (reading beyond the literal meaning of words and understanding what is implied rather than directly stated). Children read the same text in adult led groups, sharing a range of high-quality books including ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman and ‘Born to Run’ by Michael Morpurgo. Whilst reading extracts and whole texts, children develop good reading habits and skills (skim reading and scanning texts; spotting themes; talking about author’ styles). Children keep reading journals in which they reflect on their reading and carry out activities inspired by the book they are exploring.

Unique to Year 6... is that children write about, review and share books using the ‘Book Exchange’. We do our best to inspire a life-long love of reading! Please encourage your child to share book recommendations in our ‘Book Exchange’ area. This area will inspire all children in our class to enjoy new books.

All children:

  • are frequently read to by the class teacher;
  • regularly read aloud to an adult or a reading partner during guided reading;
  • keep a reading journal;
  • visit the school library regularly;
  • can take a book form the class library and the school library;
  • keep a log of all the books they read at home and at school.

Some children:

  • take part in reading intervention groups to help them make faster progress;
  • keep a reading diary;
  • are heard read more frequently by school adults and volunteers;
  • continue to develop their phonics knowledge in small groups.

What can I do to support my child with reading in Year 6?

Please continue to read aloud to your child and do ‘turn-taking’ at bedtime – this is not just for younger children! Give your child space and time to read alone. Make sure your child has access to plenty of texts – fiction and non-fiction - on many different topics and by a wide range of authors. Ask us for support with this – we have lots of books at school! There is also a list of terrific books on our Year 6 webpage. Have fun learning the meaning of unfamiliar words that you spot, try them out in new sentences. If you feel confident, read difficult texts to your child, and allow them the chance to listen and ask questions.

Useful questions to ask:

  • What do you think the author wants readers to remember most from this book?
  • What kind of book would you like to read next?
  • What other subject and cultures would you like to read about?
  • Tell me about what you’ve just read. Were there any words you didn’t quite understand? The word... means...; In a sentence it’s...

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