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Story Sessions


During 'Story Sessions', pupils have the opportunity to become fully immersed in the book under focus. Teachers read select pages from the book to expertly model to pupils the reading aloud skills we encourage them to develop when they read themselves. Lots of opportunity are available for pupils to develop their oracy skills as they listen and respond to key questions and discussion prompts. Click on the video below to listen to some predictions being made during a session. 


'Beowulf' Predictions

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.