must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and
non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world
in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of
reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading also
feeds pupils' imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder
and joy for curious young minds.
Stage 1 and 2 we teach literacy through the Power of Reading
programme, alongside our very clear and structured methods for
teaching Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
This vibrant illustrated story takes us into the world of a little girl in Kenya who plans to surprise her special friend Akeyo with a basket of fruit. As she walks along the path with her gift the fruits are stolen one by one by a succession of animals, finally being replaced by an accidental windfall of tangerines, to the delight of the reader who enjoys being 'in the know' while Handa remains baffled. Each picture is rich in realistic detail providing much to talk about as well as providing support for young readers to tune into and predict the pattern of the story. Using painting, small world play, role-play, writing cooking and tasting tasty food from around the world, our children have been able to more fully enter Handa's world and develop their understandings.
Sub-titled 'Other People's Letters', this is a stupendous and original picture book. As the Postman delivers his letters to the Wicked Witch, the giant (Mr. V. Bigg in Beanstalk Gardens) and B(ig) B(ad) Wolf, Esq., c/o Grandma's Cottage, Horner's Corner, the reader can actually open the envelopes, take out the letters or cards and read them. The rhyming text, the witty pictures, the references to nursery rhymes and stories make this picture book a treasure trove.
To support our understanding of this fantastic book, we have also been reading a Traditional Tale every week, such as The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella.
There's a rumble
in the jungle
We have also been reading Traditional Tales and soon will be enjoying learning all about the work of author Julia Donaldson.
Inspired by the true story of a native boy from Tierra del Fuego, brought to England to be 'civilised', Jemmy Button is a touching story about the wonder of being somewhere new and different, while feeling the 'pull' of home.
The story of
Jemmy's journey and encounters in the strange, unfamiliar land of
England is told through the engaging and descriptive text and the
beautifully poignant mixed-media illustrations that accompany it. It
is difficult not to share in Jemmy's feelings of surprise,
isolation, wonder and longing, and experience some of the excitement
of his voyage to this new place, and his subsequent journey home. We
have been exploring these themes through poetry, descriptive
language and writing diaries in role as the characters in the story.
A powerful and
thought-provoking text, illustrated in graphic novel-style, which
will enable children to explore the beauty and dangers of nature as
well as the importance of boundaries and self-restraint.
Noah is leaving home ostensibly because he wants to have adventures and make his way in the world. But something is troubling him, a situation from which he seeks escape. He has not travelled far before he finds himself in a world that seems somehow off kilter, where a dachshund and a donkey can speak, and time runs freely and is difficult to measure. He meets an old man, a master toymaker with a shop full of carefully crafted puppets that he never sells. Their stories movingly unfold in parallel as they relate them to each other in ways that are very satisfying for the reader as the identity of the old man and the anxiety in Noah's life are gradually revealed.
So far this year we have embarked on a secret spy mission, gone back in time to witness the tragic murder of a Scottish King and we are currently enduring the harsh conditions of a Victorian workhouse ... all of this through the power of our imagination (helped by our Power of Reading books!).
We have enjoyed
a spy adventure story (Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz), a
Shakespearean play (Macbeth)
Set in the second half of the nineteenth century, Street child tells the story of a boy called Jim who, after a series of misfortunes, spends time in the workhouse as a child labourer and lives on the streets. The book is based on the true story of an orphan whose plight inspired Doctor Barnado to try to help street children, and led to the founding of his children's homes. Exploring the novel enables children to discuss challenging themes including cruelty, injustice, resilience and humanity. It also enables children to develop an understanding of issues such as poverty and child labour. We have so far enjoyed writing diaries in role as the characters, informal letters and formal persuasive letters to Theresa May, our Prime Minister, urging her to do something about the thousands of children in the UK who are sadly homeless.
Wolf Brother is
an exciting adventure set 6,000 years ago during the time of the
hunter gatherers. Torak, of wolf clan, is the main character. His
father's death, at the hands of a gigantic bear inhabited by an evil
spirit, triggers Torak's quest - to save the forest from
destruction. His loyal guide is a wolf cub and the story is told
from both human and animal perspectives. There are strong themes in
this story, including bravery, loyalty and a deep respect for the
forest and its inhabitants which have so far inspired us to write
descriptively and to write journals in role as the characters.