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Create your own booklists from our library of 5,000 books! How Do Whole-Class Reading Lessons Work? Last year, Year Four in my school moved to teaching reading in whole-class lessons rather than the traditional carousel of Guided Reading activities. We found it had a very positive impact on children’s written responses to texts while being quicker and easier to plan and resource. You can read all about our move to whole-class reading here. There is one learning objective for the whole class based around the same text. The activities are adapted for different abilities so that all children can access the learning objective and be challenged.
Sometimes texts are part of a class book we’re reading and other times they are a poem or non fiction article. Top boxes – these are the overarching objectives which I’ve pulled from the new curriculum. Sometimes they require children to read, sometimes they don’t. All children are to try the R and I questions, most try the C question too. We go through the answers to these and children steal other answers in gel pen to improve theirs.
Challenge – This is where we put the options for children to show their learning against the objective. There is some specific support using extra information and the TA. The SEN activity allows children working significantly below the rest of the class to still access the objective at a level appropriate to them. Having taught the lesson to my Year Four class, I would say it would be slightly more appropriate for Year Five. Having piloted whole-class reading lessons in Year Four, our headteacher was keen to roll it out across the school.