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Comprehension is one of the three aspects of literacy, one of the four specific areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children are expected to reach the early learning goal at the end of the EYFS in the reception year at primary school.
All staff need to be confident of their role in developing children’s understanding of this area of learning and development whatever the age of the children they work with. It is important to remember that different approaches are appropriate for different ages of children and different children will progress in their understanding at different rates.
Aims and outcomes
- know the early learning goal in relation to comprehension
- understand how to interact with children to aid their comprehension skills
- know what resources and staff interactions will support children in developing their ability to discuss and retell events and narratives in texts as well as use and understand recently introduced vocabulary
- gain confidence in planning for this area of learning and development for children of different ages and stages.
Step 1: Introduction (5–10 minutes)
Step 2: Ideas to support the goal (10–15 minutes)
Step 3: Plan an activity (5–10 minutes)
Unit 8: Literacy: comprehension