English – Comprehension

Subject Key Objective Progression & Development by Year Groups

The following is a guide to help you understand your child’s progression through school.

All lessons are differentiated. This means teachers plan activities that enable the objective to be learned by all children including those who will find the objective challenging, those children who with hard work will secure good progress and those children who can tackle extra stretch and challenge in this subject.

English – Comprehension – Primary Curriculum


English – Comprehension – Foundation stage:

Children understand what is actually being said and done.


English – Comprehension – Year 1:

Children make basic inferences about what is being said and done.


English – Comprehension – 
Year 2:

Children make and explain inferences about what is being said and done.


English – Comprehension –
Year 3:

Children make inferences about characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions.


English – Comprehension –
Year 4:

Children make inferences about characters from their actions, justifying this with evidence.


English – Comprehension –
Year 5:

Children make more complex inferences about characters and events, justifying these with evidence.


English – Comprehension –
Year 6:

Children continue to make more complex inferences about characters and events, justifying these with evidence by quoting from the text.


English – Comprehension – Mastery:

Children apply their knowledge of inference to increasingly complex texts.

This collection of short films and resources will help you understand your child’s progression through school.

The curriculum film resource has been broken down by subject area initially and then by topic area.

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