Between the lines

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By Andrew Brodieauthor, Improving Writing (A&C Black)

Explore some ideas for improving Key Stage 2 children’s confidence when using inference and deduction

Children working together

Have you ever tried to read between the lines? When I tried, all I could see was white space with lumpy bits! Of course, we’re not supposed to take the expression literally but how do we move beyond the literal? It’s not always easy, but, when thinking about inference and deduction, isn’t that exactly what we’re asking our children to do? We’re encouraging them to find information from text that isn’t there at first glance.

As the curriculum says, we’re inviting them to: ‘look for meaning beyond the literal’.

Inferenece and deduction

This slideshow includes short extracts and questions to help children practise their inference and deduction skills.

Inference and deduction

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