What are we reading in Term 1?
This term, we are reading a version of the classic 'Chaucer's Canterbury Tales' retold and illustrated by Marcia Williams. Take a look at part of the blurb below, it's going to be an adventure!
Travel back to Medieval England and join Chaucer and his merry band of pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.
You'll meet the Wife of Bath, the Knight, the Franklin and many more colourful characters, all brought to life in Marcia Williams' funny comic-strip style.
Enjoy the amazing stories they tell each other to pass the time on the journey and see if you can guess the winner of their competition to tell the best tale!
We can't wait to explore this rich, colourful text with you!
Reading in Year 5...
We aim to cover a range of different text types throughout Year 5, including: instructions, narratives, diary entries, persuasive adverts, non-chronological reports, newspaper reports, balanced arguments, explanations and interviews (to name only a few!). We will also be using some digital images and short film clips to develop our inference and deduction skills, and to support our written work. Some of the skills we will be developing are broken down into more detail below...
Our latest strategy for reading is called the 'Vipers' approach. This involves using a range of key question prompts based on the 2016 reading content domains found in the National Curriculum. Please refer to the posters below to see the key questions and National Curriculum content domains.
How can you help your child with their reading at home?
We encourage your child to read on a regular basis. Short, regular bursts of reading is key: even if it's only 10 minutes a day, you'll be surprised at how much they learn and improve! To support and help your child in developing their reading skills, please encourage them to talk about their books, empathise with characters and predict events within the story. We have a lovely library in school and a superb library in the town centre. Try to encourage your child to widen their reading horizons by selecting books from different genres - if they usually choose a fiction book maybe suggest that they try a non-fiction book for a change. Perhaps they might be inspired by our current topic, or one that they know is coming soon, to select a book relevant to that theme. Here are some activities that could help you fit reading into your daily routine!
Why not try...
The key is, make it fun - reading can be enjoyed by everyone!
How can you help with your child's comprehension?
If you have the pleasure of having more time to read with your child at home, then there are many different types of questions that you could be asking them, in order to help develop their comprehension and understanding of the text.
The following documents provide examples of questions that could be asked while reading, for both fiction and non-fiction text types. We hope you find these useful!
Are you challenging yourself to read books from our literary heritage?
The Times Educational Supplement have put together a list of books all children should read before they leave primary school. You only have the rest of Year 5 and then one more year after that left at River; how many do you still have left to read?
Writing in Term 1
Our writing for this term is going to be linked to our topic, 'Peasants, Princes and Pestilence', and our class book, 'Chaucer's Canterbury Tales'.
We will be writing in a range of genres. The first of which will be a narrative, retelling one of the Canterbury Tales in the style of Marcia Williams, aiming to make our first book of the year for our class book corner.
Enjoy activities and exploring different text types here.