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Reading - Pathways to Read

Reading at Crowton

To support the National Curriculum for English we follow a mastery approach to reading through the programme Pathways to Read. The programme is designed to equip pupils from Year 2 onwards with key skills to move them through the reading process towards becoming competent and fluent readers. Clear, detailed lesson plans and resources are linked to high-quality texts. Pathways to Read ensures engaging and purposeful reading lessons.


Teachers plan guided reading sessions to teach individual children to become fluent in reading and comprehension skills of inference and deduction. We use Pathways to Read from Year 2 to Year 6 for shared reading sessions, both whole class and smaller groups. This ensures reading objectives are progressive across the school, and the children develop comprehension skills through engaging and language rich texts. Pathways to Read links closely to the Pathways to Write units of work, therefore supporting the children with their written work. Pathways to Read provides opportunities to model and develop skills for reading aloud, including reading with intonation, expression and awareness of an audience, as appropriate. The children have opportunities for whole class, group and paired discussion, responding to a range of questions about the texts.


Pathways to Read follows a mastery approach to learning with three categories of skills are developed each half term:

·        Ongoing skills - linked to text choices and achieved through selection of teaching activities;

·        Core skills - prediction, vocabulary development and retrieval;

·        Mastery skills - 2-3 objectives are focused on for pupils to master over the course of the half-term.

Each Pathways to Read unit consists of whole class reading sessions following the four-part structure:

  • Predict;

  • Clarify vocabulary;

  • Read and retrieve;

  • Read and explain.

The core elements of each session are prediction, developing pupils' vocabulary and retrieval. The 'Read and explain' part of the lesson is the mastery focus for the majority of sessions.

Here is a selection of just some of the high-quality texts we will be reading in each year group...

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Crowton Christ Church C of E Primary School

Kingsley Road,Crowton, Near Northwich, Cheshire. CW8 2RW

Miss L Hill | Headteacher

01928 788230


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