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Big Read

In addition to individual reading, children at Ladywood will take part in weekly Big Read lessons. In year 4 big reading happens every Thursday. During these sessions children have chance to enjoy our class author books as well as a range of different stories and non- fiction text types. These lessons teach specific reading skills to the children. Each skill is taught with the help of the Big Read characters below. 

Summer Term


We are studying the book The Iron man this half term. In chapter 1, we looked at how the author has used vocabulary to create different pictures, feelings and atmospheres and picked out some of this excellent vocabulary. 

In chapter 2, wee looked at how the different characters were feeling and thinking about the Iron Man and what they might want to do about him.

We wrote book reviews of the Iron Man

We read a non fiction text called Saving Energy, We wrote about it from memory using technical vocabulary.

We read a book called Grace and Family. We compared it to the book we read in the Spring term called Gregory Cool.

We also read a non-fiction text about a girl called Geeta and learnt more about what life was like for her in a village in India.

Spring Term

Our class novel was How to Train your Dragon so for most of the term, we studied this novel. we also looked at non fiction information books to find out more about a real life dragon  (a Komodo dragon) and compared this type against instruction writing we did last term. Here are some examples of the work we have done from it. 


Our class dragons

We also looked at different reading genres and investigated what genre some of the books we have read were.


When we were all back in school, we read a story called Gregory Cool, written by Caroline Binch. It was about a boy who went to stay with his Grandparents in another country - Tobago.

Autumn Term

For the Autumn Term, our class novel was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In our big read sessions, we  focussed on studying this book, looking at a chapter each week and here are just a few examples of the work we have done.

In Chapter 7, Harry goes to his first potions lesson so we had our own potions lesson in class where we made things grow. Then we wrote instructions on how make the potion we had just learnt.
We have been focusing our Big Read sessions on our class novel, Harry Potter. Here are some of the fun activities we have got up to in our big read sessions.