We love reading here at Weston. We regularly share recommendations via the wonderful Weston Reads newsletters created by Mr Connor with regular contributions from other staff members. Check them out on our blog.
At Weston on Trent Primary, we use DERIC for whole class and individual reading sessions. By using a consistent system across school, children are always ready to further their learning about reading, no matter whose class or which year group they are in.
The grid below gives examples of questions that might be asked of children within each of the DERIC strands. This is only an example, and some retrieval questions may be similar in year 1 and in year 6.
D - decode. The reading of words, beginning with phonics when the children start their schooling, moving on to more complex words, patterns and etymological roots.
E - explain. Looking at the meaning of words, and how their use can impact the whole meaning and feel of a sentence or text.
R - retrieve. A key part of reading - if a child cannot retrieve information, have they properly understood what has been read? Retrieval questions can always be answered if the children carefully read the text in front of them.
I - interpret. This is an area where the children's own thoughts and ideas are important, and their understanding will be bettered as they read more regularly. As they move through the school, the children would be expected to explain their interpretations by referring to the text or image they are using.
C - choice. This explores the choice made by the author, illustrator or director. It might be about vocabulary, or deliberate ways of writing sentences; it could be about an image - how it has been drawn, or the colours used within. It could also explore the reasons that an author has actually written something - what is their opinion?
Our school bookmarks.
We have produced bookmarks with the correct level questions so that adults supporting reading know what type and difficulty of questions are appropriate for children at different stages of their learning.
These are matched to the coloured bookbands which we use.
They are given to staff, volunteers and children in school and are also available from TTS with whom we worked in developing them.