A lovely read for children at home during this time.
A parent has kindly recommended a few pdf books that you could read with your children during our time away from school. We would recommend you read them first so you are sure they are appropriate for your child. They are about the feelings that people are experiencing during Lockdown and could be helpful for your child.
Tip for Reluctant Readers
Some of our parents have shared with us the difficulties they are having with getting their children eager to read at home. Perhaps this sounds similar to you?
Other parents have shared with us things they have tried which have been successful. One suggestion was to get the children reading to their relatives who they currently aren't able to see. This has been found to be both useful for the child and a lovely experience for their relatives.
Reading Eggs Update
It has come to our attention that some children have not taken the placement-test on Reading Eggs. This has meant that they have started Reading Eggs from level 1 instead of the appropriate level for them. If your child is currently on a level that is far too easy, please contact their class teacher via their class email so they can re-set the placement-test for you.
Top Tips for Using Reading Eggs
Getting to the right level:
-If you missed doing the placement test then please let your teacher know! You will know if you missed it because Reading Eggs will feel too easy for you!
If you need any help with Reading Eggs/ Reading Eggspress then please let your child’s class teacher know! This is a fantastic tool and will help your children make progress with their reading.
Ideas for Reading at Home
Discover Education Espresso:
You can log on to Discover Education Espresso to access online books (which can be read to the children) and activities. When you look in the English section there are many non-fiction, stories and poems for the children to access. Along with author interviews to inspire them. A must visit site for sure!
Oxford Owl has over 200 free e-books to read with your child.
The website allows you to access the books the children read at school from home. You can select your child's colour band, their age or the type of text you are looking for to find books of a suitable level. They have a great range and we strongly encourage you to have a look!
Book Trust/ Love Reading 4 Kids
Book trust/ Love Reading 4 Kids have a great website for finding recommendations for new books for your child to read at home. Just select their age and the books types they like. This will widen their reading and give them something they might not have ever heard of.
This website has some of the world's best loved poems. These can be read by the children or read aloud. There is more information about the poets too!
This website has some classic children's books (e.g. Wind and the Willows, Alice in Wonderland) for the children to read or listen to.
Audible has a range of books that the children can read at home. We would suggest you look at the Littlest Listeners with some of our older children listening to some of the elementary/ tween books with adult supervision.
Story Time with Nick
There are films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon. Nick Cannon is a trained actor, teacher and trainer. These are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm on Youtube.
Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! David Walliams also has plenty of activities on his website to keep boredom at bay!
If you type your favourite author into YouTube you will find lots of stories to listen to. For example, Julia Donaldson is one of my ultimate favourites!
Reading Comprehension Packs
If you would like some reading comprehensions to provide structured reading tasks for your children there are some below.
If you would like to find information and resources for Phonics to support your child's reading please see our Phonics website page. There is also information about the Letters and Sounds Programme we follow below.