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Northmead Junior School

Northmead Junior School

January Reading Newsletter

Reading fluency. This month, teaching staff have been focusing on how to develop children’s fluency skills when reading. Reading fluency is the ability to read easily, accurately, with proper expression and at a suitable pace. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. Children who do not read fluently have to work hard on the mechanics of reading which means there’s no mental energy left to think about the meaning of what they are reading.

What a parent may see at home:- Here are some clues for parents that a child may have problems with fluency:

  • He/She knows how to read words but seems to take a long time to read a short book or passage silently
  • He/She reads a book with no expression
  • He/She stumbles a lot and loses his/her place when reading something aloud
  • He/She reads aloud very slowly
  • He /She moves her mouth when reading silently (subvocalising)