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Throston Primary School

A Flying Start to Success


English is split into two parts; reading and writing. These are broken down into many different strands.


We will cover each strand repeatedly over the course of the year and learn how to apply them to help build on our reading and writing skills.



Core texts for the year:

Who let the Gods out - Maz Evans

Anglo Saxon Boy - Tony Bradman

How to train your dragon - Cressida Cowell


Using a selection of different types of texts, children will practise the following skills:


Vocabulary - Identify unfamiliar vocabulary in a text and adopt appropriate strategies to locate or infer the meaning.


Inference - Deduce the reasons for the way that characters behave from scenes across a short story.


Prediction - Make predictions about a text based on prior knowledge of the topic, event or type of text.


Range of Reading - listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books.


Explain - Answer retrieval and inferential questions both orally and in writing, by making a point, and explaining it.


Summarise - Identify and discuss key sentences and words in texts which convey important information about characters, places,




Over the course of the year, the children will write different genres to practice the skills below:


Composition - plan their writing by composing and rehearsing sentences orally, use an increasing range of sentence structures and create interesting characters, settings and plots, evaluate and edit the effectiveness of their writing and proof -read for spelling and punctuation errors


Spelling - Add further prefixes and suffixes, spell  homophones, place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals, spell all of the Year 3/4 statutory spelling words correctly.


Grammar and Punctuation - extend their sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, choose nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition, expand noun phrases, use fronted adverbials, use commas after fronted adverbials, indicate possession by using the possessive apostrophe with singular and plural nouns, use Standard English forms of verb inflections, consistently use capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks and use and punctuate direct speech, understand and use grammatical terminology accurately and appropriately.


Handwriting - join all words correctly all of the time when writing at speed, increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting.


Our writing will be based on the topics and books we are covering each term.