Reading, Reading, Reading and well-being!

Posted by kimward

With just over a week until a well-earned half term break, the Year 3 students have really been gaining momentum in their learning. This week’s Blog post focusses on Reading and Unit of Inquiry.


Some people have been sending in queries or seeking clarification about the new system for borrowing fluency books. This should help:

To grow as readers students need opportunities to build their confidence and practice. Fluency books provide a resource for students to practice reading independently, to reread and to share their reading success with family members.

Fluency books are ‘just right’ books based on teacher assessment. Students should be able to read them independently or read them confidently to someone at home.

Year 3 students will bring home TWO books on Monday to be returned on Thursdays and TWO books on Thursday to return the following Monday. Students will not be allowed to borrow more books until their previous books have been returned and scanned back into the system.

Books are placed in the return box in the classroom as part of morning routines. Students select and scan new fluency books during class time as part of their language learning. At home please sign the reading log Monday – Thursday to indicate that your child has been reading. Also use this space to communicate any important messages to the teacher regarding reading at home.

As students journey through Year 3 and become increasingly confident as readers they are encouraged and taught to make reading choices based on interest and appropriateness as a result, our Year 3 students can also take out FIVE library books.

Guided Reading

Each class has now begun our guided reading programme. At this time, the students are introduced to texts at an ‘instructional level’ (slightly harder than their fluency books). They sit in groups with a teacher and are ‘guided’ through the texts. The teacher monitors their comprehension throughout and asks pertinent questions related to an area of focus identified for that group.

Unit of Inquiry: Analysing Data and Researching Well-being

As we are drawing near the the end of our first Unit of Inquiry: Who we are, with a focus on well-being, the students have been gathering data about themselves as individuals and as a whole class. They have been creating bar charts and then generating statements and questions about the data.

Mrs Agars (PYP Coordinator and Vice-Principal) has visited some of the classes to talk about the idea of ‘analysing’ data under the umbrella of ‘Thinking Skills’, which has taken the students deeper with their understanding. We have also been looking at what ‘the experts’ say about aspects of well-being and comparing that to our data. From this, next week, they will be working on individual action plans with the intention of making an improvement to one area of their well-being by taking real-life, relevant action. Impressive stuff for the beginning of Year 3, I’m sure you’ll agree 😉


Year 3 Teachers.