In Key Stage 2, the children are taught reading using a ‘whole class’ shared reading approach. The purpose of a shared reading session is to allow children to learn and apply a range of reading strategies with teacher support. It includes explicit teaching and demonstration of reading strategies.
These whole-class sessions are short, sharp and focused. Motivating, attractive texts are chosen to support specific reading objective/s, based around 12 key comprehension skills (see document below). With regards to this approach, texts are usually pitched above the pupils’ word reading level but within their comprehension level. The text/s will be clearly visible to all children.
The teacher takes the lead, reading aloud so there is a high level of support where children can actively participate, explore and try out reading strategies in a supportive context. Shared reading should prepare pupils for independent tasks which require them to use strategies more independently and in wider contexts.