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Y3 / Y4 The Abominables (by Eva Ibbotson) p.13-17 whole class guided reading. Word work, and differentiated retrieval and inference questions.
Start this 3-4 day section either with the word work (so that the children are familiar with the new words and can look out for them) or by reading pages 13-17.
Address any tricky words by trying to read/understand them in the context of the question. We also had 2 pairs of children in ‘Dictionary Corner’ that raced to find the definitions when we came across our word work words (displayed up on the board) – this worked quite well.
Next, move on to the differentiated retrieval questions and finally the differentiated inference questions.
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Develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by:
- listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction
- reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
- using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read
- increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books
- discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
Understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by:
- checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
- asking questions to improve their understanding of a text
- drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
- predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
- using the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
Develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by:
- extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although