In the Middle School, pupils enjoy plenty of opportunities for developing their speaking and listening skills in lessons and opportunities for individual, paired and group work are carefully planned. Through both whole-class study of texts and private reading, pupils are encouraged to develop their critical skills as readers and to think in more depth about the author’s craft. As a result, children begin to write with greater creative and structural awareness. Existing knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar is reinforced and extended, and a focus on clear and legible handwriting in ink pen is maintained.
Class reading books for Year 5 include the following:
· Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo;
· The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier;
· Boy by Roald Dahl.
Class reading books for Year 6 include the following:
· Jennings Goes to School by Anthony Buckeridge;
· King of Shadows by Susan Cooper (linking to the Spring Term’s focus on an introduction to Shakespeare);
· Hitler’s Canary by Sandi Toksvig.