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With SATs looming, you might think that we spend all our time in reading lessons hard at work. However we don't spend all our time poring over past papers.


Below you can find some of the activities that take place in our reading lessons.

Wind in the Willows

Our first text after the six weeks holidays was inspired by our new class name, Willow. After reading an extract from Wind in the Willows we had to divide it into it's five key events and present them to the rest of the class as a freeze frame.

After reading our new text, Oceans of the World, our task was to find six envelopes scattered around the classroom, each one containing a question about the text. Once all six were found, we had to answer the questions using the information in front of us.

Roald Dahl Day

Today was Roald Dahl Day and, to mark the occasion, the whole school came dressed up as characters from his books.


For our reading lesson we did a pair of Burn2Learns: one where we had to find 5 blurbs from his books which where hidden outside school whereas the second involved unscrambling anagrams of Roald Dahl books and then matching them to the blurb.


Finally, we designed our own covers for our favourite Roald Dahl books.

In reading, we have moved on to looking at poetry. To help us better understand the imagery that is common in poems, we looked at figurative language: similies, metaphors, alliteration, personification and more.


We did this using a Burn 2 Learn and had match the name of each form of language with an example and an explanation while music stopped and started. Each time the music started we had to stop and exercise.

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With our new text, Holes, there were a few words we were unsure of the meaning of. In a Burn 2 Learn, we had to search the classroom for the definitions and match them to the right word.

Sword in the Stone

Our latest text, The Sword in the Stone, is a script so, rather than just reading it normally, we decided to act it out!


Each group was given one scene to perform (with only about 10minutes to practice!)