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Reading Fluency

At Priory Lane, we deliver stand-alone fluency lessons. These sessions focus on Priory Lane’s 5Ps of Fluency. Each session lasts for 30 minutes and involves the children developing their fluent reading skills. This may relate to an area, or multiple areas, of the 5Ps.


5Ps of Fluency

These are the 5 key areas that we explore when developing our ability as a fluent reader. When the children are exploring these areas, they are introduced to an area and explore this within different example texts. As the children progress through Key Stage 2, they will then encounter multiple Ps within one session. This is because fluent readers use all 5Ps when reading aloud with fluency.


Our 5Ps are:

  • Punctuation – the punctuation alters the pausing of how we read and for how long. This also can change the pitch used.
  • Pace – the speed or rhythm when reading, this often relates to the context of the text.
  • Phrasing exploring the language used by the author and how to group the words together.
  • Pitch – vocal changes, this could be high or low, rise and fall or a change in tone.
  • Performance – volume or emotional expression in your voice, this can also be when different words are stressed.


Children are taught within Key Stage 2 how to bring all of these elements together to create a performance – this is fluent reading.



ERIC – Comprehension

Within our school, all children from Year 1 to 6 experience take part in two taught ERIC sessions per week. These sessions include a Short ERIC exploring all four question types (ERI and C). They then complete an extended reading comprehension activity working at their level, focussing on their area to develop. When the children reach Year 6, children are then practising and improving their skills when answering all four question types.


  • E – Explain. Understanding the language used and using strategies to work out the meaning of unknown words.
  • R – Retrieve. Finding and retrieving information straight from the text.
  • I – Interpret. Using clues from the text to interpret what is not clearly stated.
  • C – Choice. Looking at the author/creators intended effect on the audience.


Please see our ERIC Parent Guide for ideas relating to how you can support your child further at home...