In English, our reading comprehension in the first half term will be based on our class text 'Private Peaceful' 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 autumn term by working on biographies, this work will link in with our science topic on 'Living Things and Habitats' and the work of naturalists. We will then move onto a unit of work on poetry before completeing the half term by working on report 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.
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, 'Private Peaceful'.
- 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. 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.
To listen to the story of Private Peaceful click on the link below:
This recording of Private Peaceful is true to the text and so you should be able to listen to the story and follow what is being said in your book.
Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 statutory spelling lists