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Lessons in Teaching Reading Comprehension in Primary Schools

Lessons in Teaching Reading Comprehension in Primary Schools

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July 2015 | 176 pages | Learning Matters

Lesson planning in line with the new Primary National Curriculum!

Why do we teach children to read?  It is not merely to decode the words.  We teach them to derive meaning from the text, to comprehend it. To not just read the lines, but to read between the lines and even read beyond the lines. So how can you make teaching comprehension in primary schools effective and engaging?  How are you ensuring that children are finding meaning in what they read and how do we support more able readers to learn more? What does a good 'reading' lesson look like? This book demonstrates the effective teaching of reading through exemplar lessons. It discusses what makes them good lesson plans and how they can be adapted to suit different classes and different schools.  

In particular, this book helps you to meet the needs of more able readers particularly in years 5 and 6, outlining ways to challenge more able pupils to support them with the level 6 tests in Year 6. It helps you to cultivate your subject knowledge and invigorate your classroom teaching through focusing on what children need to learn and how to teach it. Did you know that this book is part of the Lessons in Teaching series? 

Suitable for any teacher at any stage of their career, the books in this series are packed with great ideas for teaching engaging, outstanding lessons in your primary classroom. The Companion Website accompanying the series includes extra resources including tips, lesson starters, videos and Pinterest boards.

Books in this series: Lessons in Teaching Grammar in Primary Schools, Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools, Lessons in Teaching Number and Place Value in Primary Schools, Lessons in Teaching Reading Comprehension in Primary Schools, Lesson in Teaching Phonics in Primary Schools
What is reading?
Reading in context
Year 1: Using questioning with picture books
Year 2: Developing reading comprehension through poetry
Year 3: Oral storytelling and reading comprehension
Year 3: Reading non-fiction
Year 4: Identifying themes
Year 4: Playing with plays
Year 5: Using drama with a class novel
Year 5: Using moving image to develop critical reading
Year 6: Using drama to analyse a Shakespeare text
Year 6: Analysing pre-twentieth century literature
Moving on: Reading for pleasure


This book is a comprehensive toolkit for any teacher in their teaching career and not only trainees teachers who are trying to develop their knowledge of theory and practice behind reading comprehension.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
Education , Kingston University
May 31, 2016

An extremely useful publication for students to progress their understanding of how children develop reading and comprehension. Throughout the book there are useful activity examples to develop current practice in the classroom.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
January 2, 2016

This book provides clear exemplars of lessons to support the Teaching of Reading Comprehension. As such student teachers will find this text very supportive within their training and NQT years.

Ms Penny Amott
IOE, Institute of Education
October 13, 2015

Excellent overview of strategies for teaching reading and then very good focus on comprehension.

Ms carole Ann Smith
Teacher Training, Solihull College
January 12, 2016

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