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What we are reading

Year 5 class reading area

Our new class reading area is ready to take you to a whole host of destinations!

We spend time after lunch reading for pleasure, the children read independently and then listen to part of the class novel being read aloud. The children are encouraged to recommend books to each other and to discuss why they like certain books.

What we are reading - Class novel

Spring 2

The class looked at the front cover of four different novels and discussed what they thought the books were about. They read the blurb for each and then listened to the opening chapter. We then had a class vote to choose the novel for the half term and Junkyard Jack and the horse that talked was the resounding winner. Everyone is looking forward to the adventure unfolding….

Spring 1


The class enjoyed a variety of poems from a range of poets, with a different poem each day.


Autumn 2


Autumn 1


Guided reading


We pre-teach vocabulary and use images to help children to build a mental model.