Reading Checklist

Reading checklist:
Do our students display positive attitudes towards reading?
Our students have a high level of interest in reading.
Our students have a positive attitude towards reading a variety of texts
(including digital) in each subject.
Our students are motivated to use their reading skills for learning.
How well are all our students achieving in reading?
All students (including those at risk of underachieving and those of exceptional
ability) are making very good progress from their prior levels of achievement.
Are our students good readers?
 Our students can read fluently with understanding in all subjects.
 Our students can read and understand a growing bank of vocabulary including
subject specific and cross curricular vocabulary.
Our students make use of independent word learning strategies to work out the
meanings of unknown words.
 Our students actively use comprehension strategies (before, during and after)
to access what they read in all subjects.
Our students demonstrate an understanding and critical appreciation of all texts
(including digital media) in all subjects.
How well does our school support students’ reading?
At whole school level:
The school has high expectation with regard to students’ achievement in
The whole school building incorporates a literacy rich environment which
provides interesting opportunities for reading.
At subject department level:
Subject specific and individual teacher plans reflect the school’s strategy and
action plans for improving students’ reading skills.
Subject departments maintain a range of relevant hard-copy and digital reading
materials which stimulate students and broaden their content knowledge.
All subject departments identify the reading skills relevant in their own subject
At individual teacher level:
Students’ prior knowledge is accessed in advance of new reading material.
Clear and relevant purposes for reading activities are set in all subjects.
Teaching approaches support students in engaging with the reading demands of
the subject.
Agreed strategies to support the development of students’ reading skills are
undertaken by subject departments on a consistent and appropriate basis.
Examples include:
Direct, explicit teaching of comprehension strategies
Explicit teaching of vocabulary
Repeated exposures to new vocabulary
Collaborative reading strategies
Guided reading
Teachers’ modelling of reading
 When asking questions related to students’ reading tasks, teachers include lower
and higher order questions.
 Teachers regularly use links to students’ out of school reading activities to
support student engagement with reading in their subject.
 Students are provided with opportunities and/ or directions to use digital
resources as part of their reading activities.