Term 5's key text is Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo.
The story is a classic tale of secrecy and adventure set during World War Two. David Carey and his friend Tucky, two boys from London, are evacuated to a peaceful location in the Devon countryside. But the War is closer than they think.
Term 3's key text is Ice Trap by Meredith Hooper.
In August 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off from England with a team of explorers to walk across the Antarctic. When their ship was trapped in the ice, the men were forced to make the journey on foot. Here is the story of Shackleton's amazing adventure, told by a specialist in Antarctica. The dramatic illustrations help capture the reader's imagination too. We cannot wait to read it.
Term 2's key text is Street Child by Berlie Doherty
Street Child is the troubling story of Jim Jarvis, who is just a little boy when his mother dies leaving him all alone. Initially rounded up and taken to the workhouse, Jim soon escapes and finds a way of survival – and some friends. But surviving as a child in such a tough environment is tough. How can Jim stay out of trouble and be safe?
This term's key text is 'Pig Heart Boy' by Malorie Blackman.
Synopsis for Pig Heart Boy
Cameron is thirteen and in need of a heart transplant when a pioneering doctor approaches his family with a startling proposal. He can give Cameron a new heart - but from a pig. Cameron is fed up with just sitting on the side of life, always watching and never doing. He has to try - to become the world's first pig-heart boy.
At River, we use the 'Vipers' approach to support the teaching of reading. This involves using a range of key question prompts based on the reading content domains found in the National Curriculum. Please refer to the posters below to see the key questions and National Curriculum content domains.
Here is an example of some VIPERS questions for the picture book 'Return' by Aaron Becker:
V - Can you think of one word that will best describe how the girl's Father is feeling?
I - How is the girl feeling at this point? Use evidence from previous pages to explain why she may be feeling like this.
P - What do you think will happen now her Father has arrived?
E - Explain the difference between her Father in this scene and when we see him in the first two pages of the book.
R - Where are the characters when the girl's father finds them?
S - The Father will want to know what has been happening. Imagine you are the girl, summarise the events in the story so far to tell to her Father.
Reading in Year 6...
We aim to cover a range of different text types throughout Year 6, 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...
How can you help your child with their reading at home?
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!
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. It is your last year at River, how many do you still have left to read?