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Reading

 

The school’s overall objective is for each child to become a fluent and confident reader who reads widely and for pleasure.  Reading is taught as a specific skill and each child’s progress is carefully monitored.  Children are taught reading strategies in small groups during Guided Reading.  Once a week there is a Whole Class Reading session with the purpose of developing vocabulary, and retrieval and inference skills.  This session is based on the class read which is a high quality, age appropriate text.  Thorpe Acre Junior School has invested heavily in a wide variety of new books which provide a structured approach to the teaching of reading throughout the school.  Read,Write Inc intervention is provided for those pupils who need additional support to address any gaps in their phonic knowledge.  Accelerated Reader is provided for all pupils which encourages children to read a wide variety of texts whilst allowing their progress to be carefully monitored and tracked. There is a wide range of graded reading material within the school and this is supported by a well-stocked fiction and non-fiction library.  We frequently hold reading themed days in school which we hope will foster a sharing and love of books.


It is expected that parents will listen to their child read for 10-15 mins each night and record this and any new vocabulary in their reading record.

 

Writing

 

Children are given opportunities to write for many different purposes and audiences both within English and in other subjects.  A main focus is for children to edit and improve their own work, sometimes in collaboration with their peers, to produce a final piece of writing of which they are proud.  Children's work is celebrated by being displayed around school. 

 

The school has invested in the "Let’s Get Spelling" programme to teach children spelling rules in a fun and engaging way.  Speaking and listening skills are encouraged through class discussions and debates and through dramatic performances.  

 

 

English Overview - 2021/2022

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 3

Stone Age Boy - Narrative

 

Autumn is Here - Poetry

 

Theseus and the Minotaur – Narrative

 

How a Robot Dog Works – Explanation

 

Robot Dog For Sale - Persuasion

Egyptian Cinderella - Narrative and Diary

 

Howard Carter and Tutenkhamun - Non-chronological Report

 

Poetry based on study of Ancient Egypt

 

The Secret of Black Rock – Narrative

 

My Strong Mind – Instructions

 

 

Desert and polar regions – Description

 

Ice Palace – Newspaper report

 

David Attenborough – Biography

 

Plastic in the ocean - Newspaper report

 

Stranger Danger – Information text

Year 4

The Nothing To See Here Hotel – Narrative

 

Holiday Brochure – Sicily – Persuasion

 

Romans – Non-chronological Report

 

Roman myths -  Narrative

 

Romans – Newspaper Report

 

 

The River – Poetry

 

The Whale – Narrative

 

Krindlekrax – Narrative

 

Krindlekrax -  Non-Chronological Report

Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp – Narrative

 

Macbeth – Playscript and Instructions

 

The Little Hen and The Great War – Narrative

 

Archie’s War – Diary

 

World War One – Non-Chronological Report

 

Year 5

The Nowhere Emporium – Narrative

 

Anglo-Saxon Boy – Diary and Letter

 

Poetry

 

One Small Step – Narrative

 

North America – Non-Chronological Report

 

Space – Mars Transmission – Journalistic writing

 

Christmas Poetry

 

Mayan Myths – Narrative

 

Mayans topic – Instructions

 

Mayans topic – Poetry

 

Wolf Brother – Narrative

 

Wolf Brother – Explanation

 

Poetry

The Explorer – Narrative

 

Journey to the River Sea – Journalistic writing

 

Rivers – Poetry

 

Is it ever right to steal? – Balanced argument

 

Artemis Fowl – Playscript

 

Crime and Punishment – Persuasive letter

Year 6

Holes – Letter

 

Holes – Non-chronological report

 

Holes – Narrative

 

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Narrative

 

Volcanoes – Diary

 

Volcanoes – Tanka poetry

 

Volcanoes – Non-chronological report

Norse myths – Narrative

 

Goldilocks – Journalistic writing

 

Current issue – Balanced argument

 

Biography

 

Room 13 – Narrative

 

 

Room 13 – Narrative

 

Letters from the Lighthouse – Recount

 

The Giant’s Necklace – Diary

 

The Giant’s Necklace – Journalistic writing

 

Climate Change - Speech

Please contact the school office should you require a place for your child at Thorpe Acre Juniors.
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