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Year 5 Guided Reading Examples

In Year 5, children continue to have a dedicated reading comprehension skill lesson for 30 minutes, four times a week. During this time, children are explicitly taught the skills of retrieval, inference and deduction, predictions, how to analyse word choices and comprehend new vocabulary, discuss author's choices, summarise texts and compare and contrast extracts.  The texts chosen will begin to increase in complexity, and the questions asked will further build upon the skills which the children have developed whilst in Year 5, whilst also preparing children for their SATs at the end of Year 6.  There is a shift towards increasing depth answers, particularly explaining using evidence and PEE model responses (Point, Evidence and Explain).   Children also have opportunities to complete a creative response to their reading experiences, for example writing in the style of a character, writing the next chapter, writing letters to authors, campaigning or persuading in response to non-fiction reading. 


Each week, we choose a high quality text or extract as our study focus.  These are carefully selected from a range of resources including whole class texts, Reading Explorers, Reading Detectives and the teacher's own interests and choices.  A wide range of genres is carefully selected to include contemporary fiction, well-loved authors and the classics, through to poetry, information texts, instructions, persuasion and other non-fiction texts types.