To link with our Potions topic, one of our class texts this term will be ‘The Secret of Platform 13’ by Eva Ibbotson. This fantastic story will have the children hooked right to the end and has great magic and mystery links, relevant to our topic.
We will also be using extracts and abridged versions of Shakespeare's ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ and Macbeth' using them to write our own spells linked to our topic theme. .
We will also be using our VIPERS skills to help us understand the text and will explore the language and techniques used by the author.
The document above gives lots of different questions you can ask your children at home when they read with you, this is very important for developing their comprehension skills as well as their word reading skills.
It is really important for children to regularly read their home reading book, returning it to school on the appointed days, so that they can enjoy some of our new school reading books and read a wide genres of texts.
Reading lots at home also has a really positive impact on the children's writing as hey absorb vocabulary and learn different writing techniques from other authors.
We encourage the children to read a wide variety of texts both through their reading material at home; visiting local libraries with families or accessing their online resources as well as reading books that are sent home from school.
Use the VIPERS questions at home to help you understand the texts you are reading.
Vocabulary - questions that focus on the meaning of words and understanding why the author has used certain words or phrases.
Infer - questions that focus on using clues from the text to understand character thoughts/feelings/actions and being able to show this evidence.
Predict - questions that focus on understanding what happens next and what role the characters will play in the story. Use evidence from the text to prove your predictions.
Explain - questions that focus on giving a detailed explanation e.g. explaining similarities and differences between events/characters or explaining your opinion about topics.
Retrieve - questions where you can 'grab' the answer from the text.
Summarise - questions that focus ask you to 'sum up' what has happened or putting events in order.