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Reading for Pleasure

Vocabulary: cerebral palsy, dastardly, resuscitation, determination


Our class novel this term is...

The first book in a hilarious, jam-packed new adventure series starring Scooter the inventor and his top secret alien sidekick.

Scooter McLay’s cerebral palsy affects how quickly he can move his body, but his hyper-creative brain is a constant fizz of brilliant ideas. He spends every day inventing top secret recipes and machines for his family’s jam factory. There’s just one thing missing ... a pet, to share it all with. Or better still, a friend. When a tiny alien named Fizzbee crashes through the factory window, she might just be the answer. Now it’s all hands on deck, as they team up to save the factory from dastardly neighbour Daffy Dodgy.

Reading at Home

Each Thursday our class enjoys time in the school library with our dedicated librarians. All children are encouraged to spend quality time exploring the books and choosing one they would like to take home to enjoy! We expect parents and children to spend time enjoying their chosen book before changing it the next week!

Reading Lessons

We will start the term by exploring some of the classics such as 'The Witches' and 'The Velveteen Rabbit' before moving on to read some non-fiction texts.  In our poetry sessions we will be learning through the medium of song including 'Like a bridge over troubled water' and 'Electricity' from Billy Elliot!

Electricity - Billy Elliot The Musical

"Electricity" in Billy Elliot The Musical Live.



Fiction: Stories with a cultural context

Vocabulary: Rupees, passengers, revving, tribesmen, gaudy, perilously, conjurer, scoundrel, rattled


This term the children will explore a story from another culture: Sugarcane Juice by Pratima Mitchell, set in Pakistan. They will look closely at the vivid description and action so that they can borrow language, ideas and structure such as dialogue to use in their own writing!


Key writing purpose: To use ideas and characters from Sugarcane Juice to write a new tension-filled episode of the story.


Non-Fiction: How advertising is used to persuade

Vocabulary: blockbuster, sure-fire, stunning, heroic, cinema-goers, highly recommended, gripping, action, suspense, breathtaking


Linked via a Big Question, the Non-fiction week focuses on developing children's understanding of persuasive techniques used in advertising so that they can create their own marketing campaign with a clear message. The children will analyse a film trailer and poster and design their own versions for a new film.