Reciprocal Reading

Years/Age range


Type of children

Low attaining children with reading comprehension ages significantly below their reading accuracy age

Child/Adult ratio

Small group

Length of intervention

10-12 weeks

Brief description

Scheme developed in New Zealand in the 1980s but not been much used in the UK until recently. It is intended to boost both accuracy and comprehension, in particular the comprehension of children whose understanding of texts lags behind their reading accuracy. It is based on two sessions a week, to enable children to develop confidence in using the four reciprocal reading strategies (predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising). The strategies can also be used in shared reading. The teacher models the use of the strategies. The children take ownership of these tasks as they become familiar with them.


For reading accuracy and comprehension in Y5-6: remarkable

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