Reading

Reading

 

At Grampound with Creed School we have set ourselves an important goal; to develop a real passion in our children for books and reading. We have a dedicated library space, which has been refurbished and improved to provide a calm and comfortable space to enjoy choosing, reading and enjoying books. Our PFA kindly donated books for the library last year which had a very positive impact upon our provision and this year we have enlisted the help of the library service to work on fine tuning our organisation and stocking with a variety of books that challenge, interest and inspire the whole school. We subscribe to the Library service, which allows us access to a huge range of books and literacy resources, as well as Library Van visits to school, where the adults and children can climb aboard and swap books to keep the library brimming with new and different supplies.

Our current reading approach includes 'Read, Write Inc.' which include phonics right through from Early Years to KS2 where appropriate, as well as banded books from a variety of schemes. In classes, we use guided reading and structured questioning techniques as well as comprehension tasks to help our children understand the finer aspects of texts covered.

In order to promote reading at home, we use Reading Karate; a reward based system which results in the children moving up through coloured ‘belts’ depending on how much they are reading for pleasure. We encourage parents and carers to become involved their children’s reading, not only by listening to them read but by perhaps sharing some of their favourite books from childhood with them too. By developing a shared interest between teachers, parents and children we are hoping to create a passion for reading in our children, whether it is through comics, Kindles, books, or even newspapers and we can achieve this by working together. At the end of the year, those children who have achieved the highest level band will also be awarded an extra prize.

As a school, we are working to create a book spine, to ensure that through guided reading and class reader that our children are introduced to a range of story types. These include (but are not limited to) archaic texts, texts with non-linear time sequences, texts with a complex narrator, texts with a complex or symbolic plots and resistant texts (texts which are deliberately written with ambiguity).

A number of new initiatives are also underway in the classrooms, creating cosy 'areas' and 'dens' where the children can sit quietly with a book or go and share a story with a friend.

This year, we are very lucky to have a number of volunteers who LOVE to share stories and talk about the books the children are currently reading, both as part of a reading scheme and for pleasure. We do not underestimate the support from our families in encouraging children to read at home and thank all the parents and carers who make time to listen to, read to or share a book with their children every day.

The list below was sent out to all parents and children in the school newsletter in the Autumn term, it is a handy list of the 100 best books suggested for children.

We hope that families may be able to tick them off and see how many they have already read or even own? Perhaps it might give some ideas for the next trip to the library or book shop?

 
  • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • The Chronicles Of Narnia by C S Lewis
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt By Michael Rosen
  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  • Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Stig Of The Dump by Clive King
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
  • The Flat Stanley Series by Jeff Brown
  • The Winnie-The-Pooh Series by A A Milne
  • Funny Bones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • The Hobbit by J R R Tolkein
  • The Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
  • Green Eggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
  • The Tiger Who Came For Tea by Judith Kerr
  • Peace At Last by Jill Murphy
  • The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
  • Hairy McLary From Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
  • Not Now Bernard by David McKee
  • A Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl
  • I Am David by Anne Holm
  • The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
  • The Paddington Series by Michael Bond
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
  • Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
  • Five Children And It by E Nesbit
  • Clockwork by Philip Pullman
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett
  • The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  • Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury
  • Swallows And Amazon by Arthur Ransom
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
  • The Alfie And Annie Rose Series by Shirley Hughes
  • Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield
  • Journey To Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
  • Sad Book by Michael Rosen
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown
  • The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • Percy Jackson And The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Zoo by Anthony Browne
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson
  • Voices In The Park by Anthony Browne
  • Cinderella by Charles Perrault, illustrated by Roberto Innocent
  • Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
  • The Railway Children by E Nesbit
  • Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stephenson
  • The Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith
  • Beegu by Alexis Deecon
  • The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Mr. Men & Little Miss Series by Roger Hargreaves
  • Gentle Giant by Michael Morpurgo
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  • Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
  • The Eagle Of The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Theseus and the Minotaur by David Orme
  • Just William Series by Richmal Crompton
  • On The Way Home by Jill Murphy
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  • Street Child by Berlie Doherty
  • The Happy Prince And Other Stories by Oscar Wilde
  • Angelo by Quentin Blake
  • The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Draywait & Oliver Jeffers
  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  • My Mum by Anthony Browne
  • The Tunnel by Anthony Browne
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • The Turbulent Term Of Tyke Tiler by Gene Kemp
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Click Clack Moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
  • The Tale Of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • I Will Never Eat A Tomato by Lauren Child
  • The Skullduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy
  • The Early Years At Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
  • Wolf Brothers by Michelle Paver
  • Birds, Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell
  • The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
  • Mrs. Pepperpot by Alf Proysen
  • The Asterix Series by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
  • The Fib And Other Stories by George Layton
  • From Hereabout Hill by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Kipper Series by Mick Inkpen
  • The Milly-Molly-Mandy Series by Joyce Lankester Brisley
  • The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson