Teaching Reading in Years 5 and 6

High Rise Mystery and Red and the City
14th June, 2024 - 10:00 am to 15:30 pm


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
Webber Street
London SE1 8QW Map


Key Stage 2




Class Teacher

Phase Leader

Subject Leader

Enhance knowledge and understanding in how to teach children in Years 5 and 6 to read by using literacy strategies specific to best practice in Upper Key Stage 2, in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum and the end of Key Stage 2 statutory assessments.

This one-day course is designed by experts in Key Stage 2 reading provision. It provides subject knowledge in how to ensure progress in reading through the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience necessary for fluent readers to achieve independence. Particular attention will be given to choosing and using high-quality children’s literature to support the needs and interests of children and to support a variety of reading practices which are proven to develop children's word recognition, fluency, comprehension and stamina, and which foster reading for pleasure across Upper Key Stage 2.

This course is one of four Teaching Reading courses tailored to the needs of children in Nursery to Year 6, meaning teachers can undertake one course on its own or attend all four courses to embed consistency of practice throughout their school.

What you will learn:

  • Understand how reading develops and how to support progress and achievement in Upper Key Stage 2;
  • The importance of continuing to build a culture of reading for pleasure and purpose how to develop strong reader identity and preferences in older children;
  • The reading practices and approaches that best support the development of different reading needs, including reading aloud, shared reading, group reading, individual reading and independent reading;
  • How to identify the features of appropriate, high quality children's books and how to plan experiences around them that support key reading skills, strategies, knowledge and attitudes;
  • How to enable children to orchestrate and apply reading cues and strategies independently and across a range of literary forms;
  • A range of strategies and approaches that develop greater depth in comprehension, fluency and stamina.
  • How build on assessment and identify need to plan for older early readers.

What participants will receive:

As well as a full day training and lunch, all participants will receive two high-quality children's books and planning notes to help put the strategies from the course into practice in the classroom.

Participants will receive joining instructions for the course one week before the training date. If you have any queries, please email [email protected].

Why choose CLPE for your literacy training?

CLPE is a respected, trusted and innovative centre of excellence, its reputation established over its fifty-year history of training teachers in best practice that is rooted in ground-breaking research. Our responsiveness to trends and patterns in education means we are able to guide you in interpreting policy with integrity.

Our face-to-face courses are all held at our Literacy Library a unique 25,000 volume resource, which enables us to place high-quality children’s literature at the heart of our ethos and practice. Each course is delivered by one of CLPE’s expert advisory teachers, who can draw on decades of experience and expertise in leadership and literacy, supporting you to effect sustainable change that is built on a solid foundation of evidence.


It did a great job of linking theory and the power of quality texts to inspire reading. It was really useful to be in the library and see the newer books that have been published that could link to current topics.

Course Participant, 2024

I'd come on the writing course in the autumn so I knew I had to come for the reading as well! CLPE courses are so well taught and authoritative: inspirational!

Course Participant, 2024