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Story Sessions


Through our 'Story Sessions', pupils are encouraged to independently analyse how their teacher demonstrates the key reading skills of phrasing, smoothness, expression and pace. This in turn encourages their independence when using these skills themselves when reading aloud. Here is an example of a pupil reading an extract from one of our 'Story Sessions' books after hearing their teacher read this part of the book...


'Beowulf' Extract

Drawing Inferences

Retrieving and inferring information from 'Beowulf' to draw pupils' own interpretations about what the mead-hall would have been like and how it would have changed during four different key parts of the story. 



Pupil Reads 


Everyday, time is dedicated to 'Pupil Reads', where pupils can independently spend time reading, exploring and most of all enjoying the books that they have chosen from our school library. These opportunities may occur during informal entry times, one-to-one with a teaching assistant or during a dedicated whole class session.




Analysing and Designing Book Covers


After writing our own 200 word stories for our 'We Our Writers' book, we designed a front cover for the school competition and analysed a range book covers that we have read throughout the school year.