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In addition to Read, Write Inc sessions in which children focus upon becoming fluent and accurate readers, children are exposed to a range of additional high interest texts through shared and guided reading sessions. 


Shared Reading

Shared reading is an interactive reading experience that occurs when students join in or share the reading of a book or other text while guided and supported by a teacher.  The teacher explicitly models the skills of proficient readers, including reading with fluency and expression.


Through shared reading we aim to bring books to life.  We support children to really consider what they have heard or read and relate this to their own prior knowledge or experiences.  Through discussion around their shared understanding and different perspectives, children are supported to develop their skills of comprehension and reasoning.


Shared reading provides struggling readers with the opportunity to access high interest texts and develop their wider reading skills of comprehension, reasoning and inference without their developing word reading skills providing a barrier.  Shared reading, particularly of a predictable text can also support a child's developing sight word knowledge and reading fluency.  All children can achieve success within a shared reading session.


Guided Reading

Guided reading focuses on the development of the same skills as shared reading but takes part in small groups and the texts used are differentiated by the skills and ability level of the children within the group.  During guided reading we focus upon developing reading proficiency alongside the broader reading skills.

Reading with your child at home:


Please use the link below to access our parent leaflet full of helpful suggestions to support parents reading with their children at home.