Working towards the expected standard
The pupil can:
• read accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the common graphemes for all 40+ phonemes.
• read accurately some words of two or more syllables that contain the same graphemephoneme correspondences (GPCs) .
• read many common exception words.
In a book closely matched to the GPCs as above, the pupil can:
• read aloud many words quickly and accurately without overt sounding and blending.
• sound out many unfamiliar words accurately.
In a familiar book that is read to them, the pupil can:
• answer questions in discussion with the teacher and make simple inferences.
Working at the expected standard
The pupil can:
• read accurately most words of two or more syllables.
• read most words containing common suffixes.
• read most common exception words.
In age-appropriate books, the pupil can:
• read most words accurately without overt sounding and blending, and sufficiently fluently to allow them to focus on their understanding rather than on decoding individual words.
• sound out most unfamiliar words accurately, without undue hesitation.
In a book that they can already read fluently, the pupil can:
• check it makes sense to them, correcting any inaccurate reading.
• answer questions and make some inferences.
• explain what has happened so far in what they have read.
Working at greater depth within the expected standard
The pupil can, in a book they are reading independently:
• make inferences.
• make a plausible prediction about what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far. • make links between the book they are reading and other books they have read.