Yr R Reading Page
It all starts with a book…
Every book opens a door to another world, where will the next book take us?
We have some wonderful reading areas in our classroom. We have a reading garden in our indoor classroom and a reading den in the outdoor classroom where we love to look at books on our own, with our friends, teachers or the cuddly reading buddies. Every week, Henrietta the hedgehog (a book loving hedgehog) delivers a book for us to read and enjoy throughout the week. We enjoy re-reading the book so we can join in, we act it out in the small world tray, we learn new words and develop our vocabulary and share fiction and non-fiction books related to the text.
Bertie the Bee also loves collecting and finding new rhymes and poems in our Reading Garden. We enjoy re-reading and joining in with them, exploring any new vocabulary and changing the words to create our own new rhymes and poems.
One child a week brings in their favourite book and poem/rhyme to share with the class and we take advantage of our school and town library with regular visits to refresh our class library.
The children also take a second book home which is a picture book that an adult can read to them. This may be fiction, non-fiction, poetry or one of the classes core texts. The choice lies with the child and they can change these as frequently as they wish.
A message from Mrs Barker
After a long day I love to relax and unwind with a good book. I like nothing more than to ‘get lost’ in a book, being transported to a different world and time. As a child I remember both my parents reading bedtime stories to me as I drifted off to sleep. I loved the Mr Men, The Blackberry Farm stories and the The Famous Five to name but a few and now I have taken over and love reading to my own daughter. There are so many wonderful picture books and amazing authors, with favourite stories to read over and over again.
I have always loved the story of the Twits by Roald Dahl and thoroughly enjoy reading it to my class and daughter. I love the way in which Mr and Mrs Twit play tricks and try to outwit each other.
My favourite authors
Julia Donaldson (1948–) is an English writer, playwright and performer most famous for her rhyming tales for children. She has written over 150 books and more than 20 plays, and won multiple awards for her work. Julia loves to engage children in reading and performance – a skill she used as the UK’s Children’s Laureate (2011–2013).
Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was an English children’s writer whose books have been among the world’s best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Blyton’s books are still enormously popular, and have been translated into 90 languages.
Enid Blyton takes me back to my childhood and those happy memories of bedtime stories. I loved the Noddy series and as I got older the Famous Five and Secret Seven took over.
Now I am all grown up, I still love to read. I must have been good last year because Father Christmas bought me a Kindle. I love being able to take my virtual book anywhere to read whenever I get the chance!
A message from Miss Hamby
Since a very young age I always loved reading a good book and this hasn’t changed whilst growing up. One of my fondest memories is of my parents and my older sister reading bedtime stories to me, when I was a child, and I still remember the excitement and joy of receiving a new book for Christmas or for my birthday.
Now, I often read before going to bed, and to relax over the weekend. When I am in school, I always try to read a story to the children, and enjoy asking them to use their imagination to think about what the story might be all about. One of the things I love about teaching is being able to nurture a love for reading in the children that I teach.
I have enjoyed reading so many different books but if I must pick one as my favourite the answer is Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. I have read all the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling both in Italian and English and I still like to read them back over and over again.
Some of my favourite picture books are from Julia Donaldson and Oliver Jeffers. I particularly like The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and I like to share these stories with the children too.
I adore Oliver Jeffers’ stories as well as the great illustrations on his books; Lost and Found and The Long Way Home are my favourite books by this author. Both stories have a theme of friendship and the importance of helping each other, and when reading the stories with the children, they always inspire the children to use their imaginations to guess how the stories might end.