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Whole Class Reading Lessons


Our class novel for the summer term is Holes by Louis Sachar. The book centres on Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to Camp Green Lake, a correctional boot camp in a desert in Texas, after being falsely accused of theft. The plot explores the history of the are and how the actions of several character in the past have affected Stanley's life in the present. 

Year six has a daily guided reading lesson. Our class novel is used on a Monday and a Friday to develop skills such as prediction, clarifying, questioning and summarising along with activities or tasks which require us to comment upon how a character may change over the course of a whole text.

During Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's whole class guided reading lessons, we explore a 'theme' through carefully chosen texts which link to our curriculum and a wide range of genres. During these sessions, we discuss the meaning of unfamiliar language, develop skills of retrieval and inference and practice summarising new information.


Reading Books


The children in year six are all issued with a reading book which should continue to come into school each day and go home with the children at the end of the day.  

When the children have completed their allocated books, they will have free choice from our class library until all members of their reading group have completed their selected text. A new novel will then be introduced.  

It is really important that your children bring their reading books to school every day.  Please try and share your child's reading book with them at least three times a week at home.  Even if your child is a competent reader, please share their home reading experiences with them as often unfamiliar vocabulary is a feature of more challenging texts and they may need your support to determine meaning.


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