Guided Reading

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How does guided reading work with Time for Phonics?

In order to further embed and apply phonic knowledge we suggest that in addition to daily phonics lessons, children take part in a daily guided reading session. This can be delivered directly after the Time for Phonics lesson or at another convenient time within the day and should last no more than 15 minutes.

Why guided reading?

Guided reading sessions are an important part of a child’s day as they allow children to practise and apply their developing phonic knowledge within a small group environment. An adult will be there to scaffold, model and establish fundamental skills crucial to becoming a successful and committed reader. The small group allows teachers to really pitch the reading resources at the appropriate level, focus on individual needs, assess and then plan for any gaps in children’s learning. Sessions allow children to practise both their decoding skills as well as develop comprehension skills.

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What does a Time for Phonics guided reading session look like?

All of our ebooks have been specifically written to only include GPCs and tricky words covered within a phonics session. They are visually appealing and all are story-based so children can embed their decoding skills and develop their comprehension skills too. 

All ebooks and accompanying resources will need to be carefully chosen and pitched at the right level so that children can revisit and review previously taught GPCs and can read with 90-95% accuracy. You can find all of the resources mentioned in the guided reading plan in the folder of resources for each week/lesson on the lesson plans. There are usually multiple ebooks, mini-books and reading comprehensions within each resource folder, for you to select as you see fit.

The guided reading sessions are designed to run on a weekly carousel with children taking part in five linked reading activities across the week. Children within a class will need to be split into 5 groups and will rotate around the following reading activities.

1: Reading of ebook as a small group alongside an adult.
2: Reading of the ebook and completion of follow up comprehension sheets alongside an adult.
3: Independent reading of physical copy of mini-book.
4. Mini-book reading and writing.

5. Reading and drawing sheets based on the ebook.

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