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The Power of Reading

In English, our learning focus will be based on the novel of 'James and the Giant Peach' by Roald Dahl. We will use this story to progress in our reading and writing skills, in addition to supporting our learning in the foundation subjects - see our Autumn 1 overview.


Consistent and thoughtful reading has proven to ensure great progress across the curriculum. As a result, we encourage children in year 3 to read to an adult every night for 15 minutes. Keep using grapheme-phoneme correspondences to support word reading and use Bloom's questioning (left) during and after reading to improve comprehension skills.

Remember to put your name in the reading raffle after you have read at home! You will be in with the chance of winning a prize!


During Autumn 1, we will be ensuring we are confident in spellings words from the Y2 common exception word list (please find in your basic skills book). We will also be practising adding prefixes and suffixes to root words e.g. -ment, -ness, -ful, -less, -ly (Y2), -un and -dis (Y3).

Additionally, we will beginning to practise some spellings from the year 3 and 4 spelling list (right). 

Children will be sent home with 6 spellings each week to practise and will be tested on 8 words. The 7th will be a mystery word with the same spelling pattern and the 8th will be a word they have learnt before. Rewards will be given to those children who show and prove to Miss Smith they have learnt their spellings at home.

Spellings will be given every Monday, ready for a spelling quiz every Friday.