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Literacy

Literacy 

In English, our reading comprehension will be based on our class text 'Holes' and children will be expected to read a given number of chapters of the book each week. We will discuss events, and focus on characters, their feelings and actions through guided reading and drama work. We will also perfect key comprehension skills such as our ability to infer, predict, retrieve and summarise. 

In writing we will begin the spring term with a unit of work on poetry which will focus on personification and imagery. Non-chronological reports linked to our topic 'Saving the Planet' will follow. We will then move onto a unit of work on argument and debate text which again will link with our topic. In the second half of term we will work on narrative - story writing linked to the class text 'Holes'. Finally we will look at persuasive writing.

Grammar will be taught in context but children will also been given opportunities to practice grammar skills and revisit concepts already taught. Spelling rules will also be taught on a weekly basis with a spelling test each Friday. A new spelling booklet will be sent out at the beginning of the Spring term.

 

How you can help at home.

  • Ensure that your child reads on a daily basis at home and that they keep pace with the class expectation for reading the class text, 'Goodnight Mr Tom'.
  • Listen you your child read on a weekly basis and discuss characters motives and actions.
  • Help your child learn and practice their spellings including learning the statutory year 3/4 and year 5/6 spellings - lists have previously been sent home showing which spellings your child needs to learn and these will be updated shortley. Children need to know the majority of the spellings in each list in order for their writing to be levelled at the Expected standard at the end of year 6.
  • Encourage you child to complete the homework set each week.

Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 statutory spelling lists

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