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This half-term we will be reading 'Why the Whales Came' by Michael Morpurgo. As a class, we will read and explore the novel in great depth and carry out a number of reading and writing activities to support our reading. These will include character and setting descriptions, non-chronological reports on wildlife, performance poetry and comprehension tasks to deepen understanding.


The children will have lots of opportunities to develop their reading skills throughout year 4. Daily guided reading sessions will take place during which the children will be able to enjoy various tasks. These will include reading recommendations, comprehension questions and follow-up tasks to show their understanding of the text. Once per week the children will work with the class teacher in a focused reading session.