The Sheep Pig
Our next text is The Sheep Pig, written by Dick King Smith. The children are very excited to start it. You can listen to chapter 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5cyKabOc6s
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Next term, we will be looking at the Shakespeare story A Midsummer Night's Dream!
Keep an eye out here to see what we have explored!
Today we dropped everything and read at 10am on the 10th of May for 10 minutes. This is part of Mental Health awareness week to help support and encourage children and families to read daily for 10 minutes. We really enjoyed our brain break and looking at our favourite words and pictures!
Our librarian, Alix, also came into our class so the children could return and be issued with new library books!
We have spent a lot of time over the past few weeks looking at the language used within the text and understanding what that means in context. We have also been trying to expand our retrieval skills using point, evidence, explain, gathering proof from the text.
This week we have made some predictions investigated book themes and answered some questions about the characters!
The Tin Forest
We have also explored language in context and finding words that mean the same as other words and finding substitutes or replacements for other words in the text. We have been really enjoying it!
In our reading sessions we have been exploring and revisiting our prediction, inference and retrieval skills by finding information in a text and answering questions.
Our next book is the Tin Forest written by Helen Ward.
Leon and the Place Between
Over lockdown, on seesaw, we have been reading extracts from the story and answering questions and producing writing based on themes in the book. We will continue to do so now we are back at school so watch this space!
The Story of Tutankhamun
Our Topic this term is all about Ancient Egypt and so in our Reading and Writing lessons, we will be reading the book by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and illustrated by Isabel Greenberg.
The Polar Express
This time of year has lent itself nicely to reading the Polar Express with the children. You can listen to it here:
We have been practising our retrieval skills and making inferences based on thoughts and feelings of the characters. We have also been using evidence in the text to justify our answers.
Our new book is called 'Black Dog' and is written by Levi Pinfold. You can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad3a3v1cXfc
The children have loved making predictions and using clues on the front cover to figure out what they thin the story will be. They will find out in our writing lessons if they were correct or not!
The Iron Man
For the next few weeks we will be reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. The children are already hooked and we have been investigating the different figurative language he uses to describe the Iron man and the setting!
If you want to hear it you can follow it chapter by chapter by clicking on the link below:
Henry's Freedom Box
As part of Black History Month, Year 3 are reading 'Henry's freedom Box' written by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson. You can listen to it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6rf9bxDK1o
The children have been fascinated with the story and loved making predictions about the text and how Henry might escape. They have also been very empathetic and thought hard about how characters might feel, using their inference skills from last week, and have tried to put themselves in their shoes to understand what it might have been like.
If you haven't read it yet, we gave it a 10/10! This is a must rad and I would encourage you to ask your children, as they really enjoyed reading it!
Who loves Roald Dahl's BFG? We do!
During our reading sessions we have been and will continue in the coming weeks to read and delve into the world of the BFG.
The children have been so excited and engaged with this book and we have giggled nearly every day when reading it! Our focus is on retrieval skills, being able to pick information out of the text to answer a question and on inferences, being able to use clues to make the not so obvious, obvious! They are doing really well at developing these skills and have really gotten to know the characters! I wonder who your favourite is!?
Have a look here to find out more about the characters and listen to Roald Dahl himself read some extracts! https://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/stories/a-e/the-bfg