Children have a greater ability to comprehend texts when they are taught to make connections between what they know and what they are reading. At Cranborne First School, we provide opportunities for discussion in a wide variety of genres – not only narrative, but informational, persuasive and poetic. New vocabulary and technical words are discussed to actively involve the children in learning word meanings, which improves children’s comprehension. As they gain confidence in reading they will acquire the skills to make predictions and inferences from their reading. To further promote the active development of speaking and listening skills throughout the curriculum, the children participate in discussions and debates, where they are given the opportunity to explain their understanding.
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