This term we are focusing on stories with a familiar setting and recounts using the stories The Jolly Postman and The day The Crayons Quit. Children we be given lots of writing opportunities throughout and will be enriching their vocabulary and knowledge through our reading phase. This year we will be having a big push on vocabulary. We will be collecting new and exciting vocabulary to put in our word jar so the children can actively use these in their own independent writing.
We will be continuing with our novel Journey to the river sea which linked to our explorers topic, every day we will be reading our class novel as it is a great opportunity for children to listen and enjoy a story beyond what they may be able to read themselves. Children will also be learning lots of new grammar and punctuation techniques to apply to all areas of the curriculum. Throughout our English lessons we will be using talk for write as it is a great way to get the children engaged in writing and allows them to put actions to words to help them remember a range of stories. Following on from this story we will be reading The Boy who Biked the World linking to our topic - First Class Travel.
In Oaks class children are expected to read (or be read to) and have their book signed 3 times a week. If you can question them about the book once they have read, this will help them in their writing and reading in school.
Some questions to ask your children during reading at home:
What are the main events in the book?
How are the characters feeling in the story?
Have you read any books with a similar storyline?
What do you think is going to happen? Why do you think that?
If you met any of the characters in the book what would you ask them?
Are there any words or phrases in the book that excite you?
It may also be useful to identify any words your child is not sure of and look up the meaning, as this will enrich your child's vocabulary.