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English / Maths/ Topic/ Science - Friday (due in Wednesday)

Reading - Daily

Developing Higher Order Reading Skills

Below is some information that has been put together to help your child develop their comprehension and higher order reading skills.

What are higher order reading skills?

Once children have a good knowledge of phonics and word building we move on to develop higher order reading skills. These are developed during Guided Reading or during whole class/group reading activities; in literacy lessons and in other areas of the curriculum.

Higher order reading skills are:

  • Inference - Something that is not explicit in the text but is inferred.
  • Deduction - Work out something from clues in the text.
  • Authorial technique and intent - What the author does to get their intended message across.
  • Skimming and scanning - To read quickly to get an overview of the story.

How can How can I help my child develop higher order reading skills?

Discuss with them what they have read – about the characters, about the plot, about the important parts of the story, about what they have learnt from the information, about their feelings as they read the story, why the author wrote the book or chose some of the language, ask questions which encourage them to:

  • Express opinions about plots, characters, settings and language in books.
  • Recognise and discuss issues and themes.
  • Refer back to the text for evidence in order to justify opinions and conclusions.
  • Understand the elements of story structure: opening event, cause and effect, climax and resolution.
  • Predict what might happen next in a story and say why.
  • Make inferences and deductions where things are not explicitly stated.
  • Give personal responses to a text, E.g. I like this because.... I don’t like this because
  • Understand and make use of the structural devices for organising information, e.g. contents, headings, captions and index.
  • Tell the difference between fact and opinion.

What should my child be reading?

It is important for your child to read a variety of texts. Encourage your child to read the things that interest them. This could include comics, magazines, joke books, poetry and books about pets or sports.

Recommended Reading List:
This list is intended to be a guide to books suitable for children in Year 6. The list, covering a range of genres, is drawn from a number of sources including teachers own recommendations; the National Literacy Strategy’s recommended texts; reading lists suggested by other schools and the National Literacy Trust’s website. Some of the texts are more difficult to read than others and care should be taken when choosing those which your child might enjoy. Please discuss the books your child reads with him/her and remember that even in Year 6, although a book might be difficult for your child to read, he/ she will probably still enjoy having it read by an adult.
 

Author

Title

Genre/themes

 

David Almond

 

Skellig

Fantasy, angels

 

Malorie Blackman

 

Pig-Heart Boy

Social issues, illness

 

Anne Fine

 

The Tulip Touch

Social issues

 

Philip Pullman

 

His Dark Materials I: Northern Lights

Fantasy, trilogy adventure

 

Kevin Crossley-Holland

 

The Seeing Stone

Historical

 

Alan Gibbons

 

Shadow of the Minotaur

Myths, fantasy

 

William Nicholson

 

The Wind Singer

Fantasy

Tim Bowler

 

Storm Catchers

Thriller, family

 

Nina Bawden

 

Carrie's War

World War Two modern classic

 

Michelle Magorian

 

Goodnight Mister Tom

Social issues WWII, family moving home

 

 

 

Anne Fine

 

Flour Babies

Social issues, single parent

 

Richard Adams

 

Watership Down

Environmental, animal

Hilary McKay

Saffy’s Angel

 

Quirky tale of adoption

 

Sally Nicholls

Ways to Live Forever

 

Terminal illness

 

Brian Jacques

Mossflower

 

Modern classic fantasy

 

 

Robin Jarvis

 

 

The Deptford Mice

 

 

Rodent adventure

 

 

Derek Landy

 

Skulduggery Pleasant

Magical detective novel

 

Eoin Colfer

 

Airman

Historical/ science fiction

 

Michelle Paver

 

Wolf Brother

Boy and wolf in stone age times.

 

Sandi Toksvig

 

Hitler’s Canary

 

Wartime- Danish resistance

 

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