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Reading for pleasure

Big Cats



1. Identify five of the main big cats on pages 4-5. 

2. What helps them camouflage into their surroundings?

3. What do the legs help with?


Pages 6-7

1. What happens if cats are neglected?

2. What helps cats balance on branches or trees?

3. Who first turned cats into domesticated mice catchers?



What does the layout do for the reader?



In less than twenty words, summarise the content of the first two pages. 


The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith


In Term 3, we will be exploring 'The Sheep-Pig' by Dick King-Smith. Using our inference skills, we will be explaining what we think the characters are doing and why. We will continue to discuss and learn the meaning of new vocabulary that we will then be able to use in our own writing. We will also use our prediction skills to think about what might happen next as we navigate through the story and learn about the characters. 



What does the author mean by using the words 'oompah, oompah' of a brass band?



Can you explain how Mr Hogget and Mrs Hogget are very different in how they speak and use their voices?



What happened when Mr Hogget picked up the piglet?


What could Mr Hogget do if he guessed the piglet's weight correctly?


How does the author describe the piglet's eyes?


Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl


This term, we are exploring this book written by Roald Dahl. Using our inference skills, we are explaining what we think the characters are doing and why. We are discussing and learning the meaning of new vocabulary that we might be able to then use in our own writing as well as predicting what Billy might do next.



Can you explain what the phrase 'in a jiffy' means? Why might it be repeated in the opening chapter?



Why does Billy feel uncomfortable when sitting on the tree? What is your evidence?



In no more than twenty words can you summarise chapter two?

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes 

During our whole class reading, the children answer questions based around VIPERS. These are a few examples:



What do you think will happen to the character?



Can you think of an alternative word for 'immense'?



Why was he happy to find his eye?

Using the VIPERS can you answer the following questions?



What does 'notoriously tricky' mean?

What is a step-by-step guide?



Why might it suggest not getting shampoo in the mammoth's eyes?



What must you do for step two?

Find and copy one word that means the same as cuddle