Homework

Every child in every class will be given homework which will enhance the curriculum they are following in school and help to improve their learning. We greatly appreciate parental support and encourage parents to become involved in their children’s learning research has shown that support from home significantly improves a child’s achievement in school.

Each week the children in class 3 will be given homework on a Friday. This will usually consist of a piece of English, spellings and Mathematics. 

Children are encourage to read for at least 10 minutes every night. Reading books will be changed every Monday and Friday

Spellings will be tested every Thursday

Children have user names and passwords for IXL, they are encouraged to go on and have a go at each of the differnet sections for English and Maths. 

 

Developing Higher Order Reading Skills

Below is some information that has been put together to help your child develop their comprehension and higher order reading skills.

What are higher order reading skills?

Once children have a good knowledge of phonics and word building we move on to develop higher order reading skills. These are developed during Guided Reading or during whole class/group reading activities; in literacy lessons and in other areas of the curriculum.

Higher order reading skills are:

  • Inference - Something that is not explicit in the text but is inferred.
  • Deduction - Work out something from clues in the text.
  • Authorial technique and intent - What the author does to get their intended message across.
  • Skimming and scanning - To read quickly to get an overview of the story.

How can How can I help my child develop higher order reading skills?

Discuss with them what they have read – about the characters, about the plot, about the important parts of the story, about what they have learnt from the information, about their feelings as they read the story, why the author wrote the book or chose some of the language, ask questions which encourage them to:

  • Express opinions about plots, characters, settings and language in books.
  • Recognise and discuss issues and themes.
  • Refer back to the text for evidence in order to justify opinions and conclusions.
  • Understand the elements of story structure: opening event, cause and effect, climax and resolution.
  • Predict what might happen next in a story and say why.
  • Make inferences and deductions where things are not explicitly stated.
  • Give personal responses to a text, E.g. I like this because.... I don’t like this because
  • Understand and make use of the structural devices for organising information, e.g. contents, headings, captions and index.
  • Tell the difference between fact and opinion.

What should my child be reading?

It is important for your child to read a variety of texts. Encourage your child to read the things that interest them. This could include comics, magazines, joke books, poetry and books about pets or sports.

Year 3

Cool

Michael Morpurgo

The Butterfly Lion

Michael Morpurgo

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo

Billy the Kid

Michael Morpurgo

The Twits

Roald Dahl

Charlie and Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

Matilda

Roald Dahl

Danny The Champion of the World

Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl

The BFG

Roald Dahl

The Sheep Pig

Dick King-Smith

Bill’s New Frock

Anne Fine

The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog

Jeremy Strong

Return of the Hundred Mile an Hour Dog

Jeremy Strong

The Naughtiest Girl in the School

Enid Blyton

Secret Seven series

Enid Blyton

Famous Five series

Enid Blyton

Animal Ark series

Lucy Daniels

Horrid Henry series

Francesca Henry’s

Charlotte’s Web

E B White

Flat Stanley

Jeff Brown

Fungus the Bogeyman

Raymond Briggs

Mystery Winklesea

Helen Cresswell

The Indian in the Cupboard

Lynne Reid Banks

Mr Majeika

Humphrey Carpenter

Please Mrs Butler

Allan Ahlberg

The Sam Pig Story Book

Alison Uttley

Railway Cat

Phyllis Arkle

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

J K Rowling

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