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Learning to Read KS2 - Big Reading

Big Reading

Once children become competent decoders, usually towards the end of KS1 or the beginning of KS2, we introduce Big Reading.

Roald Dahl once said, “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers. To become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

Big Reading’s driving force has always been for all children to learn to become readers. The term ‘reader’ means more than to be able to decode. To be a ‘reader’, children should find books ‘funny, exciting and wonderful’; a rich source of amusement, entertainment, escapism, information as well as thought-provoking and, at times, challenging.

The Big Reading focuses on key reading skills and engages pupils through the use of Mini Missions and reading characters who represent the skills we are teaching.