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In Year 5, we place a high importance on reading and love nothing better than discussing books we've read, authors we like and making connections between texts and ideas. Across the year, we have opportunities to explore a variety of genres including non-fiction and poetry. We share stories at the end of the day, as well as completing independent and whole-class reading activities.

Current Whole-Class Reading Text

In Autmun 2, we are currently reading:





Poems from the Second World War is a moving and powerful collection of poems written by soldiers, nurses, mothers, sweethearts and family and friends who experienced WWII from different standpoints. 

Students are explicitly taught relevant vocabulary at the beginning of each session. In particular, skills of retrieval, inference, prediction and summarising are developed, with children being supported to apply these skills across several poems. Through the use of this resource, children will explore the many voices represented through the poems and have the opportunity in the final session to choose their own favourite poem, identifying emotive phrases and writing a blurb.

The poems are selected by Gaby Morgan



In whole class reading sessions we focus on comprehension skills; word reading skills are covered through interventions for key pupils.

At St. George’s, Reading VIPERS are used to support children with their reading comprehension skills. VIPERS are a range of reading prompts based on the 2016 reading Content Domain Areas (CDAs) found in the National Curriculum Test Framework



Please find in the file section example questions stems using VIPERS to support reading with an adult at home.

Reading is the most important thing you can do for your education.

Please continue to read daily and record this in your reading records. 

For homework each week complete a reading task from the task card in your homework journal



Booklist for 6-11 year olds:


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