As part of our English lessons in Lower Key Stage 2, all children take part in daily Reading Skills lessons. In Upper Key Stage 2 the children have two weeks of daily Reading Skills lessons and one week of Guided Reading. In these lessons we equip our children with the skills and strategies they need to be able to interpret the texts they read - and therefore become masters of reading.
These reading skills sessions can either be taught as an explicit 'lesson within a lesson' or be woven into the English learning of the day, but during it children look at a text in detail. They then practice their skills of retrieval, interpretation and choice to understand the text, the authors point of view and the underlying messages and to have the vocabulary to discuss these features.
Children then take these skills and apply them through their Guided Reading sessions.