Fluency, Comprehension, Vocabulary and Motivation – the Building Blocks of Reading for Meaning


Reading Plus is a web-based program that builds upon the foundational skills of phonics and phonemic awareness to develop reading with metacognition – reading for meaning.

Aimed at pupils in KS2 and above, Reading Plus has a readability range from Y2 to beyond GCSE.

Using a unique Guided Window system, Reading Plus accelerates silent reading speed and increases pupil’s stamina. Whilst often overlooked, reading fluency is an essential component for developing confident, motivated, and engaged readers.

The program combines a wide variety of age-appropriate texts with rigorous questioning designed to challenge a pupil’s deeper understanding. This, together with vocabulary exercises, builds a stronger foundation for reading comprehension.

Easy to access and easy to understand reports evidence progress for benchmarking, saving teacher time. Feedback from UK schools suggests impact is closely linked to long-term attainment and success at KS2 SATs, as well as nurturing a love for reading.


A pupil’s reading speed forms the core foundation of their reading fluency. By the end of Year 6, a pupil is expected to be reading at 185 words per minute.

Pupils who struggle with fluency are more likely to find it more difficult to develop their vocabulary and comprehension. A pupil reading at 100 words per minute will only read half as much text as a pupil reading at 200 words per minute – the more a pupil reads, the better they are at reading.

Also, a pupil who struggles with the physical act of reading will exert most of their concentration in this area when reading the text, meaning they are not able to fully absorb all the information that they have just read. By making the act of reading more fluent, working memory is freed up to take in the meaning of text.

Comprehension involves critical thinking – pupils applying the knowledge of the text they have read to answer a range of questions.

Reading Plus questioning has been designed to challenge specific skills: Core, Craft and Critical. Each of these skills has three sub-skills, which represent the pupil’s understanding and analysis of the text. A pupil’s development of these skills is determined by their success in answering the comprehension questions correctly.

Reading Plus analyses these core skills for you and presents the data in a format that is linked to the UK Domains of Reading, in turn allowing teachers to be more targeted in interventions for national testing.

Reading Plus uses both Lexile Ranges and vocabulary as a measure to determine the complexity of a text.

Research has found that vocabulary complexity is a more reliable source of measurement than sentence length. Did you know that To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper, for example, has a lower Lexile Range than Diary of a Wimpy Kid? You can compare books that are suitable for a certain age group or based on a pupil’s Lexile Range via https://fab.lexile.global/.

Each text on the Reading Plus program has a Lexile score which is levelled with a chronological reading age. Once a pupil is using Reading Plus frequently, you will be able to see the Lexile range that they are working at, giving you a consistent measure of their reading age and vocabulary level.

Reading Solutions UK

Reading Solutions UK Ltd was established in 2014 to provide technology-based solutions to schools and educational establishments that support reading development. Our aim is to support learners in becoming lifelong readers.

Based in the North East of England, Reading Solutions UK is the sole re-seller of Reading Plus in the UK. Our extensive list of customers (currently 400+ schools and growing!) spans across the country. Our one-to-one Account Managers provide high-quality pedagogic and administrative support to each individual school, to help evidence impact with pupil progress and provide personalised training tailored to the needs of your school.

We also host regular CPD conferences which focus on generating a love for reading in KS2 with a mixture of engaging workshops and networking opportunities. Our previous sold-out conference featured workshops from Durham University Professor and children’s author Dr David Waugh, with our future conferences featuring children’s author Adam Bushnell and The Literacy Shed (Rob Smith). Click here for more information.

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