Reading and understanding

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Why learn about reading and understanding?

Really understanding text means more than just reading all the words. Try writing a summary.

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Reading and understanding includes:

  • Recognising a variety of text formats (eg newspaper articles, charts, summaries, adverts, reviews).
  • Using skills covered in other topics to aid reading: skimming, scanning detailed reading.  
  • Using skills covered in other topics to aid understanding: fact and opinion, images and charts, summarising, use of dictionary.
  • Creating different texts: an advert, a poster, a book review.


What do the levels mean?

Skillswise uses the levels of the National Qualifications Framework, which start at Entry 1, 2 and 3 and then go on to Level 1 and Level 2.

  • Entry 3 covers the basic concepts and is a good preparation for starting a Level 1 course.
  • Level 1 is roughly equivalent to a GCSE D-G grade in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and a Foundation level at Standard Grade in Scotland. A useful qualification for many jobs.

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