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A focus on reading fluency to support SATs preparation

Maintaining a focus on reading fluency beyond key stage 1 could be key to improving SATs results. Kelly Challis explains how and offers some teaching techniques and other ideas

Our education system is built on stages. As children grow, skills learnt during primary school are built on until they leave for secondary school. It is during primary school that children learn to read, write, spell and calculate. Currently SATs are used to assess a child’s competence in these skills.

The 2019 English paper required a pupil to read around 2,200 words across three extracts and 39 questions and provide answers within one hour. So how a school can support a pupil’s fluency and text navigation in order to help them read at a speed and give them more time to focus on the comprehension of the text?

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