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Last reviewed on 21 February 2017
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School types: All · School phases: Primary

Are there strategies for conducting guided reading in the EYFS? We refer to two experts' advice on how to conduct guided reading in the EYFS. We also link to an Ofsted report that highlights successful strategies for teaching reading in the EYFS, including guided reading.

Expert advice

One of our members asked us how guided reading in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is different from guided reading in Key Stage (KS) 1 and KS2. 

We spoke to two of our associate education experts, Sarah Gallagher and Lynda Burton, about this question.

Consider abilities of pupils

Sarah and Lynda said that guided reading in the EYFS is going to be more dependent on the ability of children compared to children in KS1 and KS2.

They explained that in the EYFS there is likely to be a range of abilities. Sarah suggested that teachers use differentiated groups with reading material suitable for each group's ability.

Sarah added that for some children in the EYFS guided reading would be less about reading the text, and more about engaging pupils in the

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