Our text in the Spring term is...
The Iron Man
The children are focusing on predicting events in this story based on what is being said and done.
Have you read other books written by Ted Hughes? What can you find out about this author at home?
When reading books with your child at home here are some questions/prompts you may want to ask them to develop their reading comprehension skills and promote discussion.
Look at the front cover. What could the book be about?
Who is the author?
Have you read a book by this author before?
What do you notice about this author?
What is an illustrator? What do they do?
What does that word mean? Read the words around it to help you figure it out (context).
How can you read an unfamiliar word? Can you sound talk and then blend?
Who are the main characters?
What do you think will happen next?
How do you think that character feels? Why? How would you feel in that situation?
Can you predict how the book will end?
Who is your favourite character? Why?
Is there a hidden message in the story? What is it?
Can you retell the story in your own words?
When do you think this book was written? How do you know? Does it matter? What would it be like if it was written now? How might it change in the future?
Why do you think the character did/said that?
If you met this character, what would you say to them?
Is the plot fast or slow-moving? Find evidence in the text to support your viewpoint.
Where is the story set? Does the setting change? Find a word/phrase that describes the setting.
Is the book written in the first or third person? How do you know?
How would you change the story to improve it? What adjectives/adverbs would you add to make it more interesting?
Why is the page laid out this way? How would you improve it?
Do you like how the story ended? Can you think of another way the book could have ended?
Do the story events remind you of another book?
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why/Why not?
Do you think the title of the book is appropriate? What would you have called it?
What was the genre of this book? (e.g. sci-fi, mystery, comedy, biography, scary, adventure, fantasy etc)
What part of the story was your favourite/least favourite?
What is the purpose of this book? How do you know?
Does your opinion of the character change during the story?