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Reading for Pleasure

The Boy Who Grew Dragons 

By Andy Shepherd 




The votes are in and Class Gratitude's chosen novel this term is The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd. The children are enjoying the story and we have had lots of laughter so far. Below are some questions that link to our Reading Vipers. These can be discussed with your children. 




Q) From reading the blurb, what do you think this story will be about? 

Q) Who are the main characters in the story? 

Q) What do you think Tomas is feeling when he finds the strange, old tree at the bottom of Grandad's garden? 

Q) Can you explain who your favourite character is so far? 

Q) If you had a tree that grew dragons, how would you feel? 

Q) Can you predict what type of adventures Tomas might get up to with his dragons? 



Term 2- The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark 



During Guided Reading this term, the children will be reading the story The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark. This story will be read by the children each week and there will be a number of activities that will be completed linked to the text. Can you support your child at home to answer some of the questions below using the Predict reading viper. Perhaps you could support your child with researching owls and their habitats in preparation for reading the story. 


Prediction questions: 

1) What do you think will happen in this story? 

2) Why do you think this title is an unusual title? 

3) Why might the owl be afraid of the dark? 



Term 3- The Penguin who wanted to find out

By Jill Tomlinson




This term we will be reading a second story by Jill Tomlinson. This story is about a penguin named Otto who is very curious and inquisitive. Can you read the blurb below and begin to make some predictions about the type of adventures Otto may go on. 


Otto is a penguin chick, that much he knows, but other than this he has a lot to learn. Life at the bottom of the world is a curious thing and life can change at a moment’s notice. The next blizzard, the next meal and the threat of being orphaned are all challenges that must be faced. But how will Otto and his friends manage? The only way that penguins can do – by looking after each other.


Term 4- The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig 

By Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury 



This term we will begin by reading the story The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig during our guided reading sessions.  Below are some questions linked to this story that perhaps you could answer. Each week, we will continue to use our Vipers to explore the text in great detail. 


1) Can you think of a traditional tale that may have some similarities to this story? 

2) How might this story be different to this traditional tale? 

3) Can you predict what this story might be about? 

4) Why do you think the authors have created a different version of this story? 

Term 5 


In Guided Reading this term the children will continue to learn about the individual Florence Nightingale from last term. This time the children will be reading a biography text which shares the life of Florence using the first person. I wonder if you can remember any key facts about Florence from last term? 



Our whole class novel this term will focus on the city of London and include the famous character Paddington. We are really looking forward to reading this novel. Below you can find some VIPER questions for your child to answer. 



1) Who do you think Paddington is? 

2) Why do you think he is called Paddington? 

3) The character is carrying a suitcase. Where do you think he has been or where do you think he is going?