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Reading Targets

Word Reading

I can apply knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to read aloud and to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words.

I can read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound.

I attempt pronunciation of unfamiliar words drawing on prior knowledge of similar looking words.

I can re-read and read ahead to check for meaning.


I am familiar with and can talk about a wide range of books and text types, including myths, legends and traditional stories and books from other cultures and traditions. I can discuss the features of each.

I can read non-fiction texts and identify the purpose, structure and grammatical features, evaluating how effective they are.

I can identify significant ideas, events and characters; and discuss their significance.

I can recite poems by heart, e.g. narrative verse, haiku.

I can prepare poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone,  volume and action.

I can use meaning-seeking strategies to explore the meaning of words in context.

I can use meaning-seeking strategies to explore the meaning of idiomatic and figurative language.

I can identify and comment on a writer’s use of language for effect. for example, precisely chosen adjectives, similes and personification.

I can identify grammatical features used by the writer (rhetorical questions, varied sentence lengths,  varied sentence  starters, empty  words) to impact on the reader.

I can draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions.

I can justify inferences with evidence from the text.

 I can make predictions from what has been read.

 I can summarise the main ideas drawn from a text.

I can identify  the effect of the context on a text; for example, historical context or other cultures.

I can identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to the meaning of a text.

I can express a personal point of view about a text, giving reasons.

I can make connections between other similar texts, prior knowledge and experience.

I can compare different versions of texts and talk about their differences and similarities.

I can listen to and build on others’ ideas and opinions about a text.

I can present an oral overview  or summary of a text.

I can present the author’s viewpoint of a text.

I can present a personal point of view based on what has been read.

I can listen to others’ personal point of view.

I can explain a personal point of view and give reasons.

I know the difference between fact and opinion.

I can use my knowledge of structure of text type to find key information.

I can use text marking to identify key information in a text.

I can make notes from text marking.