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Big Reading

The whole school have a Big Reading lesson every week.  We use the Big Reading SPIES Team to help us really concentrate on, learn and use the Key Skills for Reading. These skills are:
  • R ETRIEVE
  • E XPLORE
  • A NALYSE
  • D EDUCE and INFER

 

The Big Reading SPIES Team members are:

9 September 2020

In today's lesson our focus was on retrieval skills.  We used Zog and the Flying Doctors as a focus for our learning.  During our reading we looked at new vocabulary and discussed their meaning. 

 

In order to answer these questions, we had to use our retrieval skills by going back to the text looking for evidence of the answers.

16 September 2020

In today's lesson our focus was on retrieval skills but we introduced some Dood type questions where we had to use the clues from the text.  We used Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson as a focus for our learning.  During our reading we looked at new vocabulary and discussed their meaning. 

 

Here are the types of questions the children had to answer.

23 September 2020

In today's lesson our focus was looking at new vocabulary and we were introduced to Expi Explorer.  We used Dangerous by Tim Warnes as a focus for our learning.   In this story, the character, Mole, loves labelling things but when he comes across a strange thing, he doesn't know what to call it. We explored the new vocabulary by re-reading the word in the sentence to understand the context.  We even began to use a dictionary to find out the meanings. 

 

Ask a grown up if they know the meaning of the new vocabulary we have learnt today.

30 September 2020

In today's lesson our focus was on retrieval skills.  We used Room on the Broom as a focus for our learning.  During our reading we looked at new vocabulary and discussed their meaning. 

 

In order to answer these questions, we had to use our retrieval skills by going back to the text looking for evidence of the answers.  We also looked at the sequence of the story and had to use our retrieval skills by going back to the text to find the order of events.

 

7 October 2020

In today's lesson our focus was on retrieval skills.  We used Zog as a focus for our learning.  During our reading we looked at new vocabulary and discussed their meaning. 

 

In order to answer these questions, we had to use our retrieval skills by going back to the text looking for evidence of the answers.  We also looked at the sequence of the story and had to use our retrieval skills by going back to the text to find the order of events.

21 October 2020

The focus of Big Reading this week was finding out about non-fiction texts.  We compared fiction and non-fiction and discussed the many features of a non-fiction text.  Today Ansa Analyser was helping us to hunt for features in non-fictions texts.  We had to locate a feature and say where we found it.  We also discussed how useful the contents page, index and glossary are and we had a go at locating answers to questions by using these features.

 

See if you can have a go at finding some of the features in some non-fiction texts that you have at home.

 

11 November 2020

The focus of Big Reading this week was to find and talk about interesting words.  We use poetry as a focus for our learning.  Expi Explorer helped us to locate interesting words in poems and we explored their meaning and used a thesaurus to help us find alternative words. 

18 November 2020

In today's lesson, our focus was on answering questions after reading.  We used The Day the Crayons Came Home as a focus for our learning.

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