Turquoise books will include an increasing number of adjectives and more descriptive verbs. The number of pictures on each page will decrease, whereas the text amount will increase. High-interest themes such as danger, courage and anger are introduced, and children will be confident with around 450 high frequency words.
- Read silently in their head
- Read a sentence aloud with the correct expression
- Know why certain types of punctuation are used and how it affects the sentence
- Fluently read long sentences and paragraphs
- Decode unusual words by using the sounds they already know
- Read both fiction and non-fiction books
How to support your child:
Your child is now beginning to read with more independence and their books are getting longer. You can help them by:
- Encouraging them to read some pages silently, inside their heads.
- Listening to some pages read aloud, encouraging the use of expression and paying attention to punctuation marks.
- Talking about how events in the book relate to each other and helping your child to understand how the story builds up in a longer book.
- Asking them to tell you about interesting things they found out and to show you where the information is in the book.