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Year 4

Year 4 Reading Progression














Snap Reading


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Understands when it would be helpful to use a dictionary to support reading


Understands and explains the main points from what they have read, with direct reference to the text


Identify explicit details from the text, showing the section of the text they found the information


Can make inferences about characters' actions in a story based on evidence from the text


Is able to choose books that they enjoy and will challenge them


Is able to skim short passages to answer recall questions


Is able to scan short passages to answer recall questions


Can make predictions based on knowledge of the text or similar reading experiences, giving clear reasons for their ideas


Identifies the main purpose of a text



Summative reading assessment

Is familiar with different types of poetry


Recognises similarities and differences between texts structured in different ways


Is able to describe the actions of characters in a text and begin to explain them, in the context of the narrative


Can identify language used to create atmosphere and discuss why this language has been chosen

Discusses ideas from throughout a text e.g. how a conclusion may be linked to an opening


Is able to explain how paragraphs have been used to organise a text


Can summarise the main points from a section of text


Can discuss how the use of different sentence types changes the meaning of a passage


Is able to identify intended impact of a text and explain whether they feel the text has had the desired effect

Summative reading assessment

Is able to explain how the format and presentation of a text impacts on the reader


Can empathise with a character's motives and behaviours


Can discuss word meanings, based on their existing vocabulary knowledge


Discusses viewpoints in a text, where appropriate of more than one character


Uses a range of punctuation to add meaning to what they are reading


Can identify descriptive devices within a text i.e. expanded noun phrases, adverbial phrases, similes etc


Can evaluate the overall quality of a text, as well as the inclusion of specific features


Begins to recognise the importance of cultural or historical settings on how a text is composed

Reciprocal Reading


Confidently discusses a range of reading experiences with peers and adults


Responds orally to texts read to them and those that they have read themselves, showing increasing maturity in the way they engage with the discussion


Chooses skilful questions to improve their understanding of the text


Confidently reads a range of texts aloud, considering intonation, tone, volume and actions


Demonstrates an ability to interpret how a character is feeling or behaving, when reading dialogue aloud


Cyclical Reading Skills

Can discuss a range of books and texts that they have read, explaining key information and giving their opinion about it


Uses reading as a tool to support other aspects of learning


Can read age appropriate texts with a good level of fluency and stamina


Can use a range of strategies to decode unfamiliar words


Can read and understand the meaning of words with prefixes from the Year 3/4 curriculum


Can read and understand the meaning of words with suffixes from the Year 3/4 curriculum


Gives meaning to new language using the context in which it appears

Can talk about key differences between text types, including texts of the same type but written by different authors


Can explain how vocabulary choices affect meaning in a range of text types


Uses new language from their own reading experiences in their written and spoken work


Uses their broad reading experiences to compare books by the same author or on a similar theme