Introducing Pathways to Read

Pathways to Read is a brand-new programme designed to equip pupils from Year 2 onwards with key skills to move them through the reading process towards becoming competent and fluent readers. To support this approach, clear detailed lesson plans and resources are linked to high-quality texts. Pathways to Read ensures engaging and purposeful reading lessons.

The units can be used thematically alongside our award-winning programme Pathways to Write to encourage a whole school curriculum approach with the opportunity for topics to link across all year groups. Both programmes compliment one another. However, they can both be used successfully as a stand alone programme.

Key elements of Pathways to Read:

  • Six detailed units of work for each year group from Year 2 to Year 6
  • Progressive development of reading skills following a mastery approach
  • Flexible combination of whole class and grouped reading sessions
  • Progression document to support mixed-age classes
  • Inspiring and engaging texts
  • Fully resourced sessions, including teacher PowerPoints for whole-class reading sessions
  • Develops reading comprehension skills through the mastery approach
  • Links creatively to the wider curriculum when combined with our Pathways to Write product

Pathways to Read follows a mastery approach to learning with three categories of skills developed each half term:

  • Ongoing skills - linked to text choices and achieved through selection of teaching activities
  • Core skills - prediction, vocabulary development and retrieval
  • Mastery skills - 2-3 objectives are focused on for pupils to master over the course of the half-term


Each Pathways to Read unit consists of six whole class reading sessions following the four-part structure:

- Predict

- Clarify vocabulary

- Read and retrieve

- Read and explain

The core elements of each session are prediction, developing pupils' vocabulary and retrieval. The 'Read and explain' part of the lesson is the mastery focus for the majority of sessions.

Grouped reading sessions follow each whole class session with a mastery focus, with a specific focus on the mastery learning and providing pupils with the opportunity for discussion in smaller groups with an adult.

Follow on activities are provided following each grouped session for pupils to complete independently.

All sessions are fully resources and whole class session have a teacher PowerPoint to use as a visual aid for pupils.


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