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Lower School 60 Second Reads

60-Second Reads Guidance

The National Curriculum states that:


Pupils in Years 3 and 4 should be able to read books written at an age-appropriate interest level. They should be able to read them accurately and at a speed that is sufficient for them to focus on understanding what they read rather than on decoding individual words. They should be able to decode most new words outside their spoken vocabulary, making a good approximation to the word’s pronunciation.


This resource aims to give you the ability to test a pupil’s level of fluency to this expected standard. Each 60-Second Read Activity Card (at the bottom of the page) features a short extract of age-appropriate text with an average word count of 100 words. The cumulative word count for each line of text is shown in the left-hand margin of each card. Each of the cards also contain a set of comprehension questions that link to the KS2 reading content domains.

Each different question type has its own canine helper to remind children of what they need to do to answer a question appropriately:

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