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Enriching Lives

Year 3 & 4

Reading - word reading

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology) as listed in - see English appendix 1 , both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet
  • Read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word


Reading - comprehension

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop positive attitudes to reading, and an understanding of what they read, by:
  • Listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
  • Reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
  • Using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read
  • Increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
  • Identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • Preparing poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action
  • Discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • Recognising some different forms of poetry [for example, free verse, narrative poetry]
  • Understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by:
  • Checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding, and explaining the meaning of words in context
  • Asking questions to improve their understanding of a text
  • Drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
  • Predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
  • Identifying main ideas drawn from more than 1 paragraph and summarising these
  • Identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning
  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction
  • Participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say