Making predictions is an important reading strategy that encourages students to use details and clues from the text to anticipate what happens next in the story. This prompts them to actively think ahead while reading to help them better comprehend the text.

Prediction is an ongoing process as the text develops as readers confirm or reject their assumptions.

Why is Prediction Important?

Prediction can keep children engaged in the story and helps readers to make connections between their prior knowledge and the text. In addition, it ensures that the child can understand what they are reading as they try and make logical and reasonable assumptions about what could happen next.

How to Make Predictions?

The best way to encourage readers to make logical predictions is by prompting them to look at what has already happened in the text. This will help them to extract what the characters may have hinted is coming up or what may have been implied by the author’s use of language.

What is Foreshadowing?

Foreshadowing is a literary device in which the writer gives an indication or advance sign of what will come later in the story. While predicting is done primarily by the reader through gathering information and processing it with their knowledge, foreshadowing is done primarily by the author through deliberate hints to help the reader develop expectations about upcoming events.

Who is Predicting Pip?

Predicting Pip is a clever dog that is part of the Pawsome Reading Gang – a team of canine characters who each help with one of the KS2 reading content domains.

Pip helps with reading content and uses her crystal ball to help children see into the future to predict what might happen next.

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