Progression Documents

Effective readers, writers and speakers display the following characteristics:


  • Are active, with a desire to search for what they need to understand
  • Read for meaning using inquiry and critical thinking to search for key ideas, make connections to previous knowledge and evaluate what they have read.
  • Make connections between what they already know and what they are reading.
  • Monitor their reading, reflect on and correct errors, and check their understanding regularly.
  • Adjust their reading, recognising the need to slow down for challenging texts or skim read for information.
  • Have a wide vocabulary and a desire to explore new vocabulary including working out definitions.
  • Read widely and branch out. They look for further opportunities to read on a theme, topic or genre.

In order to help the children develop themselves as readers, we have created these progression documents.


  • Have attention to detail, whether that be through observations of the world around them, spotting grammatical errors or up levelling descriptions.
  • Have discipline, patience and resilience to plan, draft, edit and rewrite. They are devoted to evaluating and improving their work. 
  • Are clear. They can distil complex ideas into simple, clear language which can be understood easily by others.
  • Have a strong vocabulary and incorporate interesting and unusual words into their writing, as well as select words for clarity and precision. 
  • Are open to changes to improving their writing. Seeing their work through the eyes of others.
  • Have a passion for reading which develops a strong understanding of syntax, tone and grammar.
  • Are creative and can think outside of the box to create new worlds and characters or to view information from a different angle.

In order to help the children develop themselves as writers, we have created these progression documents.


  • Have confidence to overcome nerves and present to others. This in turn leads to them being viewed as more knowledgeable and intelligent.  
  • Have a knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for their subject which comes across and evokes passion in the audience.
  • Have self-awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, adding humour, storytelling or drama to their presentation.
  • Are themselves and present their own views. They are sincere.
  • Can engage with an audience through tone, presentational style, or humour.
  • Can choose appropriate tone, volume, and speed to suit purpose.

In order to help the children develop themselves as speakers, we have created these progression documents.