But what is the most successful way of pulling these two elements together?
Most of us working in primary schools will have witnessed children who have the ability to decode texts at an appropriate level for their age, but who find it hard to grasp and hold the meaning of that text at the same time.
As a result they cannot engage in activities that build upon their reading, because they simply don’t have enough of an immediate understanding of what they have read.
In such cases what is happening is that the brain is working to translate each pattern of letters into a word, but because so much effort is put into this activity the brain does not then take the words of a phrase or sentence and convert those words into something meaningful.
As a result there is little ability for the child to answer any questions about what has been read and (more worrying in the long term) there can be no enjoyment in reading. Reading is a chore to be got through, not something to be enjoyed.
Unfortunately, many resources that exist to help primary school children read, focus on helping children read the text, but don’t simultaneously focus on giving them something that is enjoyable to read.
And so it was to provide this additional vital element in primary school literacy that we have produced the new edition of Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension – Years 1 – 6
The books in this series contain a variety of types of comprehension passages ranging from newspaper articles and dialogues to plays, stories and poems. Each is followed by a series of enjoyable tasks for the children to undertake which test and stimulate their understanding of what they have read.
There is a lot more information about these books and their content on our website.
The books can be ordered either as a PDF for £13.99 or as a hardcopy book for £19.99. There is also the option to buy the hardcopy and PDF together at a discounted price.
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