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In English, our reading comprehension will be based on our class text 'Tom's Midnight Garden' 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.


Grammar will be taught in context, but children will also be 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 Monday. Please see the curriculum plan for further details.


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, 'Tom's Midnight Garden'.
  • Listen to your child read on a weekly basis and discuss characters, motives and actions.
  • Help your child learn and practise their spellings including learning the statutory year 3/4 and year 5/6 spellings lists. 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. During the autumn term we have been revising the 3/4 words, I would like to move to 5/6 in the Spring Term. 
  • Encourage your child to complete the homework set each week.

Tom's Midnight Garden Resources

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