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Reading comprehension: how to gauge pupils’ understanding

Working out exactly what children understand about a text can be a hard nut to crack, writes Megan Dixon

Reading: Make sure students understand the text

What’s the matter, Anna? Why are you crying?”

“I am reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas … it’s so sad!”

“Ah, yes, I know. But, you read that in Year 6, didn’t you? You know what happens in the end.”

“Yes, well, I know I read it, but I have just realised what happens at the end … I didn’t understand that before.”

One of the challenges around developing reading comprehension skills is that it can be really hard to know how well children are understanding what they are reading.

Many years ago, Professor Jane Oakhill and colleagues identified that up to 10 per cent of a class could be poor ...

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