Hawk Owls - Year 3/4

Hawk Owls 2020-2021 Reading Page.

Year 3/  4 have been focusing on reading inside the classroom. 

We do many things to help us love reading such as Stop.Drop. And Read.

Stop. Drop and Read is a really fun and comfortable way of taking part in a free read session inside the classroom. The class make sure they have a book they have been excited to read or contuine reading to hand, and comfy pillows if they are want. Miss Pemberton will shout "Stop!" then when everyones attention is on her she will tell everyone to "Drop!" under the tables and she will lastly shout "Read!" and that is when the class will spend a some time silent reading like that. It means we are comfortable and have chance to enjoy our books without being distracted by other things around the classroom. Hawk Owls enjoy doing this as a shared read, where they wither read to a partner or share a book that they can quietly discuss with eachother. 

Guided reading.

Every day, Hawk Owls take part in a guided read. We began doing this in small groups but to help the development of our comprehension and inference skills, we have started working as a larger group. Together, we read different comphrension texts, from 'First news' to stories and poems. We have a small group that is able to work with Miss Todd. This group changes depending on the needs of the group. 

1 to 1 reading.

1 to 1 read takes place in our classroom often. Both Miss Todd and Miss Pemberton get the opportunity to hear everyone in the class read at least once a week. Our class is split into 3 groups. One group reads every day, one group reads at least 3 times a week, and the last group reads at least once a week. This is as well as individual reading that takes place in our classroom every day. At the back of the classroom there is a lovely library with lots of books for the class to read. In the back of our reading journals, we have books that we have read and reccomdations. This means we can help each other pick the perfect book to read. 

Class book.

Hawk Owls have a class book that is read to them every day by one of the members of staff in the classroom. This term, read "Diary of a Wimpy kid" by Jeff Kinney. This was voted for by the class and is very popular! As we loved this book so much, we ordered different ones from the library and Jeff Kinney is our Author of the term.

After we finished this, beuase we read it so fast, we decided to try something different. We are ow reading "The Witches" by Roald Dahl. We read a short section during a guided reading session and got instantly hooked!

Library books.

Hawk Owls have new books ordered for them from the library each half term. These books link in with our English book, our Author of the term, our science topic and our Geography topic. If children are enjoying a book by a certain author, or want to read about something specific, we can order it in for them with ease. 

Home Reading.

All children have a reading journal that they take home with them, and is signed every time they read. We have an "Up" themed board game in our classroom that the children move around the more they read. After they have read different amounts they recieve prizes. I wonder who will be the first to reach our top prize after 100 reads at home... 

What are we reading now?

During Summer 2, Year 3 and 4 are working through the book "Zeraffa Giraffa" by Dianne Hofmeyr.

    Front Cover    

  This is the true story of Zeraffa, a giraffe who was sent as a gift from Egypt to France in 1826. A young boy, Atir, takes care of Zeraffa on her epic journey and the sailors sing songs as she gazes down at them. In France, Atir leads her through the countryside, and thousands of people marvel at Zeraffa. Paris falls in love with Zeraffa. The King builds her a special house in the Jardin des Plantes. On warm nights, the young princess visits, while Atir whispers stories to Zeraffa of a hot land far away. The amazing story by an award-winning author of a giraffe's extraordinary voyage from Africa to Paris.                                      

What have we already read?

Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman. This story is about a young, disabled boy named Ben who loves the ocean. One afternoon, when he witnesses the birth of a seal, the boy's bond with the sea grows even deeper. Season after season, Ben watches the young pop do many of the same things he loves to do: swim, fish, bask in the sun, and surf! Ben and the seal glide with the swells, watching for good waves together. But danger looms, and soon Ben will have to rely on his ocean friend not only for companionship but for his very survival. Front Cover


Winter's Child by Angela McAllister. When Tom wishes winter would never end, he meets another boy who shares his love of snow and ice. Playing together every day, Tom hardly notices that spring doesn't come - until he realises the terrible effect of unending winter is having on the countryside and his sick grandma. His friend is Winter's child, and for the seasons to go on the friends must say goodbye until next year.Front Cover

Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. Step back 15,000 years as a modern boy enters a Stone Age village and learns a few prehistoric tricks of the trade. One day a boy falls down a hole, and an amazing thing happens — when he wakes, he’s in a camp full of people wearing animal skins! Mixing flight of fancy with prehistoric facts, Satoshi Kitamura ushers us back to a time of surprising innovation and artistic expression, shown in cave paintings visible to this day.                                                                                                        Front Cover

Big, Blue Whale by Nicola Davies. The blue whale is the biggest animal that has ever lived on Earth. This book is a very sensuous exploration of what a blue whale feels, sounds and smells like. There are descriptions and facts about a whale's size, life-span, diet, babies and more.Whlst looking at this book, we als read Michael Morpurgo, "This morning I met a whale"                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Front Cover

 "Journey" by Aaron Becker. This is a wordless story book about a lonely girl who draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. So far, we are loving this book!