This is Mrs. Threlkeld-Brown’s FAVOURITE subject to teach! So much so that her car registration plate begins ‘L17’ for LIT! We do lots of our Literacy learning through our learning themes and our learning is often so much fun, we don’t even realise we are learning!


Mrs. TB invented a way of teaching reading called‘BIG Reading’ so we do this with her every Monday. After our Big Reading lesson, we complete ‘Mini Missions’ over the week from ‘SPI Pads’ – it’s all VERY exciting and, as a result, we LOVE reading! Mrs TB has even written books about reading and reading assessment – look!

Since January we have read lots of novels – some of these link to our learning and others are just great books!

We read ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick. This is an AWESOME book that linked to our learning about ‘Railways’ as it is set in Paris railway station in the early 1900s.

ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together…in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you.


From ‘Hugo’ we moved to ‘The Spirit of the Titanic’ by Nicola Pierce, linking to LOTS of learning surrounding ‘The Titanic’. This breathtaking book takes you on the deck of the Titanic with its amazing descriptive language describing every scene from top to bottom. Told through the eyes of Samuel Scott’s ghost, a 15 year old boy who worked on the Titanic in the shipyard but who was tragically killed just before the ship’s completion.

While Samuel Scott’s spirit roams the Titanic he finds himself in a frightening position as he is the only one that can save a poor third class family. As time is running out he must try to save them before Titanic sinks to its watery graves. This book lets you join Samuel in his dangerous adventure and travel around the Titanic with him page after page.


‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick linked with our ‘Environment’ theme, especially as some of us had personal experience of the Cumbrian floods and ‘Storm Desmond’.

Imagine that a few years from now England is covered by water, and Norwich is an island.

Zoe, left behind in the confusion when her parents escaped, survives there as best she can. Alone and desperate among marauding gangs, she manages to dig a derelict boat out of the mud and gets away to Eels Island. But Eels Island, whose raggle-taggle inhabitants are dominated by the strange boy Dooby, is full of danger too.

The belief that she will one day find her parents spurs Zoe on to a dramatic escape in a story of courage and determination that is handled with warmth and humanity.

Each week we also have a ‘Big Writing’ session. This is where we can use all the ideas from our reading and our literacy learning and ‘show off’ our fantastic writing skills. Our writing has improved SO much since we started Big Writing – we love it and we are so proud of our achievements and progress!


Much of our grammar, punctuation and spelling is done through our Big Reading and Big Writing.  If you wish to see what we teach your children, a summary is available by reading this document.