Reading

Friday 12th May

Here are the answers for yesterday’s questions.

Thursday 11th May

This week’s text is all about the Olympian Mo Farah. Read the text carefully and have a go at answering the questions.

Wednesday 10th May

Today you are going to go onto the website Authorfy where there are lots of different reading challenges for you to have a go at.

Scroll down and find the video from Ben Miller. What three things would you put into a black hole?

Tuesday 9th May

This is an extract from A Pocket Full of Stars by Aisha Bushby. Read through and then have a go at completing the task below.

Elle and Mum walk off, talking about the rest of the play, heads bobbing enthusiastically. I hang back a step or two. They’re both confident, so it makes sense that they get along, that their relationship is easy. I should be glad, but it’s a bit like playing my favourite video game, ‘Fairy Hunters’, and my team wins even though I didn’t cast a single good spell. I want to be happy, but then I feel like I don’t belong, like I’m not good enough. And the bad feeling takes over the good.

I know it’s weird not wanting Elle to come around, because she’s my best friend. But Saturday nights are supposed to be our night. Mum and me.

Ever since Mum and Dad divorced, and I decided to live with Dad, they set up these Saturday visits as part of the custody agreement. Mum and I hang out in the afternoon, and then we have dinner together and a sleepover. Usually Mum cooks, sometimes it’s a takeaway, but it’s always just been the two of us.

Until today.

I can’t help but think that maybe Elle’s the daughter Mum should’ve had, the daughter she would’ve wanted.

But instead she ended up with me.

Choose two of these statements to explore and give your opinion on whether you agree or disagree with them.

Use evidence from the extract to support you.

  • Safiya resents Elle.
  • Safiya is jealous of the relationship that Elle has with her mother.
  • Safiya overthinks everything.
  • Safiya is insecure.
  • Mum and Elle have isolated Safiya.
  • Elle is a good friend.

Monday 8th June

This image is called Sinking. Have a go at answering the questions below.

  • How many animals can you see on the ark? How many animals can you see in the water?
  • List the animals you can see.
  • What has happened here?
  • Why is the boat sinking?
  • Why were the animals (and the man) on the boat in the first place?
  • What do you think is going to happen? How could the boat be stopped from sinking?
  • Share and explore the story of Noah’s Ark. Do you think this picture is showing the story of Noah’s Ark? Which part? Why can we only see one of each species?
  • Write a funny caption for this picture.

Friday 5th June

Here are the answers from yesterday’s questions. How did you get on?

Thursday 4th June

This week’s text is about Usain Bolt! Read through carefully and have a go at answering the questions. Check back here tomorrow for the answers.

Wednesday 3rd June

Do you think people will write stories about this bizarre time? Think about a title of a book that could be about home learning. Can you design a front cover?

Tuesday 2nd June

A to Z reading challenge! Today, you need to think really carefully. You are going to create an acrostic of you name. For each letter of you name, can you find a book or a character that starts with that letter? This is Miss Hernon’s example.

M – Matilda by Roald Dahl

I – I Don’t Like Poetry by Joshua Seigal

S – Slime by David Walliams

S – Sophie by Dick King-Smith

H – Harry Potter

E – Esiotrot by Roald Dahl

R – Rumplestiltskin

N – Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

O – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr Seuss

N – Newt Scamander

Friday 22nd May

Here are the answers are for yesterday’s reading questions.

Thursday 21st May

This week’s text is about Wimbledon! Read through carefully and have a go at answering the questions. Check back here tomorrow for the answers.

Wednesday 20th May

After your scavenger hunt yesterday, pick one of the things you found and have a closer look. List all of the verbs you can find on that one thing. For example: an old newsletter might use the verbs bring, look and tell. Let us know what you find?

Tuesday 19th May

Today, you are going to go on a reading scavenger hunt! Look around your home and find 10 different things that you can read. You cannot include books. Good luck!

Friday 15th May

Here are the answers from yesterday’s task.

Thursday 14th May

Read this short text very carefully and have a go at the questions. I’ll post the answers tomorrow. Good luck!

Wednesday 13th May

This picture is called Drop Off. Spend a little bit of time looking and thinking about it. After, have a go at answering the questions below.

  • How is the girl feeling? How do you know?
  • Why is she feeling that way?
  • Who is the man?
  • Where are they?
  • Does the title give you any clues about this image?
  • What are the characters thinking? Draw thought bubbles to accompany the picture.

Tuesday 12th May

A genie lands in the midpoint of the story  you have been reading and grants the two  main characters three wishes.

What do they wish for and why?

Would their wishes have changed  anything about the story?  How so?

Monday 11th May

Have a go at drawing a map of one of  the places from a book you have read. See how much detail you can  include and be sure to discuss your map  with another person so you can improve and add more if necessary.

Thursday 7th May

Have a read through the text about VE day and answer the questions. I will upload the answers later on this afternoon.

Wednesday 6th May

Do you remember the book you chose on Monday as your favourite book? Can you draw a picture of the main character?

Tuesday 5th May

An extract from The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (you can watch this being read by Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse here)

‘Kat?’ I said.

‘What?’

‘What does it mean when something is up your street?’

‘Huh?’

‘Salim said The Tempest would be right up my street. He acted in it at school last term.’

Kat laughed. ‘We’ve been reading it at school too. Mr Moynihan keeps making me read Miranda’s part and she’s such a … dishrag.’

I considered this. ‘So it’s not up your street?’

‘No way.’

The pod was nearing one o’clock. ‘What d’you think of Auntie Glo?’ Kat asked.

I remembered what Dad said about her leaving a trail of devastation in her wake. Then I remembered how she’d said I was like Andy Warhol, a cultural icon. ‘I don’t know.’

‘Me neither. I heard Dad say to Mum that Auntie Glo drives him bananas. And I found two empty bottles of wine on top of the fridge.’

In my mind’s eye, Aunt Gloria turned into a motorist with driving goggles and a huge consignment of bananas in the back seat.

‘You mean, she drives him bananas the same way I drive you nuts?’ I said.

‘Bananas. Nuts. Round the bend. Off your trolley. Whatever.’

She laughed and I joined in because it showed I knew what she meant even if I wasn’t sure what was funny about Aunt Gloria making Dad feel insane.

  1. When Ted asks Kat a question she replies with, “Huh?” What impression does this give you of Kat?
  2. When Kat asks Ted what he thinks of Aunt Glo, he replies, “I don’t know.” Use the text to explain why he is not sure about his answer.
  3. Explain why Ted laughs along at the end of the extract even though he is not sure what is funny.

Monday 4th May

At school, we have read lots of books this year and you have also read many different books at home. I want you to think about what has been your favourite book this year and why?

Friday 1st May

Here are the answers for yesterday’s questions. How did you get on?

Thursday 30th April

Every Thursday at 8pm, people from across the country have been clapping out of their windows and doors to show support for those working so hard right now in our hospitals. Read the newspaper article about it and have a go at answering the questions. We’d love to hear if you and your family have been doing this or if you have heard you neighbours.

Wednesday 29th April

Captain Tom Moore has now raised nearly £30 million for the NHS! Tomorrow is his 100th birthday!

Tuesday 28th April

An extract from To Be a Cat by Matt Haig (you can watch this being read by England rugby player Maro Itoje here)

This was his bed. This was his room. But everything had grown beyond all possibility.

The wardrobe was the size of a house. The bedside lamp peered down at him like some strange armless robot. The door was miles away. And the school uniform which hung over his chair belonged to a giant.

Next he saw something which made even less sense.

His hands, or his feet – he couldn’t tell which – were entirely covered with hair. And they were fingerless. Toeless. He turned his head to see what he had only felt so far. A tail. Curled into a quivering kind of question mark, as though the rest of his body was a query wanting an answer.

It was impossible.

He was still Barney. His ‘Barney-ness’ was still there in his head, his mind still the same bulging suitcase of memories and emotions. But at the same time he already knew he wasn’t him at all. He was something else. Something so impossible that he thought this had to be a dream, like the one he’d had about his father.

He blinked, and then blinked some more. No. There was no doubt about it. He was awake.

Indeed, he was as awake as he had ever been. So, to his horror, he had to believe what his eyes were telling him, and what the black hair and the tail and the paws were telling him. And what they were telling him was this: he may have gone to bed human, but he had woken up unquestionably, unmistakably, unimaginably cat.

What impression do you get of the room? What evidence is there to support your view?

What impression do you get of Barney’s mind? What evidence is there to support your view?

Monday 27th April

We want to hear about what you have been reading over the holidays! Write a review about the book you read most recently. We want to know:

*what it was about

*who your favourite character was

*who you would recommend it to.

Thursday 9th April

Read this text very carefully. Whilst you are reading, think about the 5 stages to help you. Make a note of any words you do not understand. What breakdown strategy could you use to help you?

Using the text, have a go at answering this questions. Read the questions very carefully! Make sure you know exactly what the question is asking you.

I will post the answers on this page later today.

Wednesday 8th April

Throughout everyday life, there are lots of different rules. Think about what is different about the rules in Don’t. Can you write your own set of rules for how to live happily together while learning at home? Start each rule with ‘do’ instead of ‘don’t’.

Tuesday 7th April

Washing Up is all about doing a job at home with a sibling but making it fun. What chores do you have to do at home, and how do try to make them more enjoyable? Draw a picture of you doing a job at home.

Monday 6th April

This week, we are going to be looking at the wonderful stories and poems of Michael Rosen. Today, you need to listen extra carefully for any onomatopoeia Michael uses in Chocolate Cake. Write a list of all the sounds you can hear.

Friday 3rd April

Here are the answers to yesterday’s questions. Let us know how you got on.

Thursday 2nd April

Read this text very carefully. Whilst you are reading, think about the 5 stages to help you. Make a note of any words you do not understand. What breakdown strategy could you use to help you?

Using the text, have a go at answering this questions. Read the questions very carefully! Make sure you know exactly what the question is asking you.

Check back tomorrow for the answers.

Wednesday 1st April

Today, I want you to read the entire dictionary and tell me your 150 favourite words in reverse order.

APRIL FOOLS!

Today’s story, We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen, depicts a dilemma. What would you do? As one of the tortoises, compile a list of reasons for and against taking the hat when your companion is asleep.

Tuesday 31st March

Today, we are going to be thinking about Jon Klassen’s book This Is Not My Hat. Once you have listened to the story, we would like you to write what happens in the tall plants between the big fish and the little fish. You could include dialogue, action and description. Have a think and get creative. We cannot wait to see what you come up with.

Monday 30th March

This week, we are going look to at the books of Jon Klassen. We are going to start with I Want My Hat Back. Once you have listened to the story, think about how the bear would be feeling after he lost his hat. As the bear, create a emotive lost poster designed to get the hat back.

Friday 27th March

Well done to those of you who sent answers in for us to see. We were very impressed. Here are the answers to yesterday’s questions. How did you do?

Thursday 26th March

Using what you read yesterday, have a go at answering this questions. Read the questions very carefully! Make sure you know exactly what the question is asking you.

Wednesday 25th March

There are lots of ways you can enjoy story time at home! Click on this link to find lots of stories being read by their authors. The BEST part is, it is completely free! https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Also don’t forget to check out the Story Time page to find more stories.

Your task for the day: read this text very carefully. Whilst you are reading, think about the 5 stages to help you. Make a note of any words you do not understand. What breakdown strategy could you use to help you?

Tuesday 24th March

Good morning everybody! For today’s task, you are going to become a synonym sleuth. You can use either an online dictionary, a real dictionary (if you have one at home) or your own ideas to help you complete this activity. Let us know how you get on at contactyear6@holbrook.coventry.sch.uk

Synonyms

Monday 23rd March

Good morning year 6 Holbrook children. Your reading task for today is the create a wanted poster for the villain in your home reader book. This should include a picture of your villain, a description of them and most importantly a reward. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Send your posters to contactyear6@holbrook.coventry.sch.uk 

Image result for wanted poster template

Friday 20th March 2020

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Thursday 19th March 2020

Today’s reading text and questions are now available for completion. No need to print anything off, just get yourself some scrap paper to help you analyse the text. Remember to use your reading repair strategies to help understand new vocabulary. Once you have read the text, have a go at answering the questions below. As always, if you get stuck or have any questions, contact us!!

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Wednesday 18th March 2020

Can you skim and scan your home reading book to find some “scintillating synonyms”?

GO!Scintillating Synonyms

30 thoughts on “Reading”

  1. I read the story for today, It’s so sad.I feel bad for safiya 😦 but I really enjoyed it! Were do you get these amazing stories?

    1. Hi Aleksandra,
      We are delighted that you have enjoyed reading the story.
      Go to BBC Bitesize and its a book called Pocket Full of Stars.
      Let us know if you need any more help.
      Have fun!!!!
      Thanks
      Year 6 team

  2. i made a couple of mistakes whilst writing, i hope you understand them 🙂

  3. So, the story thats the year six team has sent , well its called Noah’s Ark,which is the reading work for today,ive been answering the quiestions until i found out what it was called,then suddenly, i remembered,i have a book which is caklled the animals betime story and there was an old man too and then i knew that the picture the year 6 team had poster was actually in a book i had, but in this book it didnt have a sinking boat, it did have a boat but the animals all just told there own stories every night, im reall happy to know that i actually have the book of the picture but the picture isnt from the story book,because its a bit different,well thats all im going to say for now,bye!

    1. That’s brilliant Aleksandra! It’s wonderful to hear that you are reading at home and enjoy collecting different books! Well done for making the link between both books, that’s a fantastic skill you have!

      Year 6 team

  4. Today, for reading, for the second question, I don’t know all the names of all the animals so i put all the names of the animals that i do know, i hope you don’t mind

  5. For reading I haven’t read a book with a genie in it may be I have seen it in a TV show but I don’t really know so I might have to put my answers based on whatever I think if you don’t mind

  6. I haven’t finished the book yet but I am reading Diary Of a Wimpy Kid:The getaway [ it is a really really good book I brought it from the shop]

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