3) Reading Fluency
The word ‘fluency’ comes from the Latin word ‘fluentem’ meaning ‘to flow’.
‘Fluency is reading with and for meaning, and any instruction that focuses
primarily on speed with minimal regard for meaning is wrong.’ (1)
At the Rosary adults model the fluent reading of a text first and then pupils read the same text aloud with appropriate feedback ('Echo Reading'). This allows the adult to make the implicit explicit by expertly modelling fluency through appropriate use of pace, expression, punctuation and phrasing. Children also take part in re-reading. This involves pupils re-reading a short text a set number of times or until they reach a suitable level of fluency.