Children entering Phase 6 know most of the common grapheme—phoneme correspondences (GPCs). They may be able to read many words in three ways:
The purpose of this phase is for applying all the skills and knowledge that the children have learnt at speed and they may be able to decode more complex words by sounding them out.
They will also begin to learn about suffixes and prefixes. At this stage children may be reading longer and less familiar texts independently with increasing fluency.The shift from learning to read to reading to learn takes place and children can begin to read for information and pleasure.
To become successful readers, children must then understand what they read. They need to learn a range of comprehension strategies and should be supported to reflect on their understanding and learning.
It is still important that children continue to have opportunities to listen to experienced readers reading aloud and develop a love of reading.
Activities/Ideas for Home
-In a book that the child can already read fluently, ask simple questions, e.g. Who went to the shops?, What did Dad hear?
-In a book that the child can already read fluently, ask them to explain what has happened so far in what they have read.