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Reading at Cranwell

All our books are banded according to the National book banding levels. For more information on book banding please follow the link;

The school follows the government's  Letters and Sounds scheme and the children in the Foundation Stage enjoy learning early phonic skills with Inky the mouse from the Jolly Phonics scheme. 

Supporting Your Child’s Reading 

At Cranwell we believe strongly that all children need to know what they can do and the next areas that they need to develop.  In reading, there are seven key areas, as outlined by the Government, which contribute to a well-rounded individual who can read with good understanding.  

All children will have targets related to these Assessment Focuses.  We therefore thought it would be useful if you had an overview of these seven areas in order to support your child with their reading.  

Assessment Focus

Question Prompts

AF1 – Use a range of strategies, including decoding of   text, to read for meaning. 

-  Can you prepare and read   aloud/perform a passage?

-  What does that word  say? 

- What does that   word/punctuation mark mean?

-  Does that make sense? 

AF2 – Understand, describe, select or retrieve   information, events or ideas from texts and use quotation and reference to   text. 

-  What are the main ideas of   the text?

-  Can you re-tell what  happened? 

-  How did the character  behave?

-  What additional information  does the illustration have? 

-  What have you found out  about x from reading the text? 

-  What word tells you…?

-  What happened   before/after….? 

AF3 – Deduce, infer or interpret information, events or   ideas from texts.

-   Put these events in the  correct order.

-   Fnsih the story/predict the  next part.

-  Why do you think the  character behaved in that way? 

-  Find two examples to  support your view. 

-   What does the character’s   speech/behaviour tell you about how they feel? 

-   Is this a suitable title  for the book?  Why?

AF4 – Identify and comment on the structure and   organisation of texts, including grammatical and presentational features at   text level. 

-  What makes the layout   helpful to the reader? 

-   What is the purpose of this   diagram/caption, etc.? 

-   How is the poem structured?  

-   How does the story   open/conclude? 

-  How does the text attract   the reader’s attention?

AF5 – Explain and comment on the writer’s use of   language including grammatical and literary features at word and sentence   level.

-  How does this paragraph try   to persuade/upset/create tension, etc.?   

-  Find a word/phrase/metaphor  that describes/explains…

-   What is the effect of   usingt his word on the reader?

-   What other words/phrases   could the writer have used? 

-   What words/phrases would   you use to create the opposite effect?   

-   What is the impact of this   sentence structure/punctuation?

AF6 – Identify and comment on the writer’s purposes and   viewpoints and the overall effect of the text on the reader.

-  Do you think the author  agrees/disagrees with x?  Why?

-   Explain what you like and  dislike about the text. 

-   What do you think the  writer’s viewpoint is? 

AF7 – Relate texts to their social, cultural and   historical contexts and literary traditions.   

-  What other stories/texts  does it remind you of? 

-   How is the film/book/poem  similar? 

-   What does this text tell  you about…?

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