By Year 3-4 students begin to shift from learning to read, to reading to learn. Text at this level provide students with a wide range of text types and topics and supporting a range of reading purposes, that are increasingly cross-curricular.
Students understand that text have purposes and are written for audiences. They use a range of processing and comprehension strategies to make meaning and think critically about longer and more complex text. They monitor their reading and draw on a wide range of problem-solving strategies when meaning breaks down. They are using text more often to meet demands across the curriculum. They usually read silently.
Students will read regularly with a teacher. Their reading teacher will likely remain the same over the Term and know their needs and abilities well. Small guided reading groups of 6-8 students allows the teacher to focus explicitly on the reading goals of the students at their own level and pace. Teachers read a class novel to students, as well as for the enjoyment of listening to different authors and stories, this models expression, fluency and phrasing and encourages students to do the same, when reading aloud.
While the teacher works with each group, other students will be engaged in independent reading activities or follow up tasks. ‘The Daily Five’ is a classroom system that fosters independence during reading time. It involves students completing five daily reading activities. 1. Read to Self, 2. Word Work (spelling practice), 3. Work on Writing, 4. Listen to Reading and 5. Read to Someone. During Yr3-4 students are expected to manage their independent time well, completing any expected tasks to a high standard. Technology is increasingly used to support and present learning, through online modelling books, collaborative slides and online interactive reading websites.
Students will often take home reading material previously read at school, however by around ‘Silver’ level they are welcome and encouraged to spend their home reading time, reading novels or other reading material of their personal choice.