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.

HomeworkSpellings- Thursday (to be tested the following Thursday)

                     Talk Homework- Thursday (preparation for writing on Friday)

                     English / Maths/ Topic/ Science -Friday (due inWednesday)

                     Reading - Reading books will be changed every uesday

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 5

Water Wings

Morris Gleitzman


Morris Gleitzman

Belly Flop

Morris Gleitzman

The Diddakoi

Rumer Godden


Anthony Horowitz

Walter and Me

Michael Morpurgo

Friend or Foe

Michael Morpurgo

Mister Monday

Garth Nix


Andrew Norris

Harry and the Wrinklies

Alan Temperley

The Story of Tracy Beaker

Jacqueline Wilson

Double Act

Jacqueline Wilson

Northern Lights

Philip Pullman

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

Dragon Rider

Cornelia Funke

Journey To Jo’burg

Beverly Naidoo

Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson

The Owl Service

Alan Garner

Pig Heart Boy

Malorie Blackman

Tom’s Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce

Watership Down

Richard Adams

The Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K Le Guin

Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken

Where the Red Fern Grows

Wilson Rawls

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson-Burnett

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

Anne of Green Gables

L M Montgomery

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell


Louis Sachar

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom

Louis Sachar

Vicky Angel

Jacqueline Wilson

The Other Side of Truth

Beverley Naidoo

Harry Potter series

J K Rowling



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