Over the past two terms (7 months) my class have loved being read to. Now I am teaching older children, I don’t get a chance to read to them as much as I used to read to my old class. However, me being me, manages to read to them at least once a day if only for 10 minutes.
The children always have a choice of 4 books to vote from. I ask for ideas of what could be our class book and then they vote from them. This year my class are very into David Walliams as you will see!
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The World’s Worst Children- David Walliams
This kicked off our class read! The children absolutely loved this book which talks about some pretty disgusting children. It is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully gross. I loved reading it to them. I’m happy to find out there’s a sequel too. I’ll be getting that!
Billionaire Boy- David Walliams
This was another hit with my class! They loved the antics. They found it hilarious in places and literally laughed out loud!
Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman
This is a book that I picked myself for them to study in their reading lessons. It’s such a powerful, powerful read about bullying. There was a moment where the children gasped out loud. I absolutely love when a book can have that much impact. That’s when you know you’ve captured their attention.
Oliver and The Seawigs- Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
This was another book that we read whole class. The idea is that every child reads a part of the book together. My class have absolutely adored this way of reading and the work that they got out of these lessons was absolutely fantastic. We read it in under four weeks.
Gangsta Granny- David Walliams
This one was a bit of a slow burner for my class. They didn’t seem as enthused as they were by the other books so far this year. However, towards the middle of the book they started to gain interest and hated when I stopped reading (for lunch time) at the end of the chapter. This book does have a very sad scene which also made my class gasp and I noticed some eyes watering. Bless them ❤
Our next read is another David Walliams (surprise, surprise…) they’re going to be reading Grandpa’s Great Escape. It’s one I haven’t read before, so I’m intrigued to see what it’s like!
How did I get it?:
I received it from the publisher for the book tour!
Join Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. Together Jane and Rose have exciting adventures and form a perfect team, delivering their passengers safely to destinations as far afield as Alaska and Australia. But when disaster strikes and Rose falls ill, Jane is paired with ‘lean, mean flying machine’ Mighty Mitch. Can she still get the Queen to her party on time? Featuring a clever and courageous heroine, this action-packed rhyming story celebrates ‘Girl Power’ and shows what you can achieve if you work together. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for take-off!
I am a primary school teacher, so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I decided to test it on some guinea pigs. Well, some classes at school. I read it with two groups of children. Year 1s (5-6 year olds) and Year 3/4 (7-9 year olds). The book went down well with both classes. Here are some words from their mouths… (real names have been changed)
I liked it because it was adventurous. (Mandy, Age 7)
I like it because it’s got teamwork. (Natasha, Age 8)
I liked it because it had everything a story needs. I think it would be great for younger children. (Tim, Age 9)
I think the moral of the story is teamwork. (Hannah, Age 6)
I liked it because when the plane broke down, Jane had to learn to work with a different plane that she didn’t really know. (Harry, Age 7)
I like it because it was for boys and girls. I thought at the start it was just for girls but it changed into boys as well. (Tobias, Age 8)
I liked the book because Mitch and Jane had to work together. (Jason, Age 8)
I liked the girl and boy power! (Lauren, Age 5)
As for me, I think it’s such a cute book for young children. Both the infant and junior school children took the message from the book, which makes it highly successful in my eyes!
Today I’m going to share two poetry books that my class are obsessed with! They had a Roald Dahl phase (to be honest… they’re still reading Roald Dahl as their independent reads!) which I was very pleased about. My next mission was to encourage them to read different genres. I started with including non fiction books and magazines into our book corner. I then decided it was time for me to experiment with some poetry with them.
Here are their two favourite poetry books at the moment… (book images go to Goodreads)
I thought I couldn’t go wrong with Julia Donaldson really. They enjoy her writing and the poems are short and silly. Perfect for 6 years old +. They adore the title poem about a mother putting silly food together.
You might have guessed by now, but my class really enjoy silly. I enjoy silly too. There’s far too much seriousness in the curriculum and I like to have lighter moments! The children really enjoy the title poem and The Vegetables Strike Back which is all about vegetables having feelings too. They find this poem hilarious!
I’m not a massive fan of poetry myself, but I’m really enjoying exploring the poetry genre with young children!
As you may have seen before on my blog, I have converted my class to bookworms! Yes!! One of my favourite achievements of this academic year so far! 😉 We have been burning through books. They especially love Roald Dahl and Jeremy Strong.
Recently, they decided that they wanted to read The Queen’s Nose by Dick King Smith. We got about 30-40 pages into it and I could just tell they weren’t engaged or interested. I had a bit of a dilemma then. I didn’t know whether to keep going and teach that it was good to give a book a try so you can have a full opinion or teach that it was okay to stop reading something that you weren’t enjoying!
In the end I decided to give the children the choice. I explained that we could decide together whether we continued or try something else. The vast majority of the class voted for giving up (that didn’t surprise me!) We’re now back to reading a book with lots of funny moments in and I have my bookworms back again once more.
I hope I did the right thing but it certainly felt like I had lost their attention with The Queen’s Nose and I want to captivate the children in my class… not bore them. Perhaps that book was just not right for them.
Over the past 6 weeks, we have been devouring Roald Dahl. We even found time to fit in a picture book. I think it’s important that my class access a range of literature and in my experience they do still enjoy a picture book!
My little bookworms make this bookish heart very very happy.
I have to be honest and say I wish the children hadn’t picked this book for a class read. They weren’t as enthused as usual and it took us a while to get through. I tried to make it interesting, but their attention and imagination wasn’t as captured as I’d hoped!
The BFG was a completely different reading experience for my class. They absolutely lapped up this book. They loved the way he spoke. Weeks later, they are STILL obsessed with whizzpoppers.
The Magic Porridge Pot is a cute little fairy tale which tells the story of a porridge pot which keeps cooking a poor family porridge, which then goes out of control! My class loved this book and enjoyed role playing the story.
Matilda is a favourite of mine and happily my class adored it too. I’m a real life Miss Honey in their eyes which is the cutest thing. We included Matilda in some our writing sessions, by writing a diary entry for a character in Matilda and also imagining what we’d do if we had Matilda’s powers!
Next half term, I am looking forward to exploring some more authors with my class. As much as it has been fun to explore Roald Dahl, I think it’s important for them to be exposed to different authors!
Over the past 8 weeks, we have been devouring Roald Dahl. I really want to get through the Roald Dahl collection with my class, so when we go to vote for our class book I give them the option of three books. I read the blurb to them. They then sit on the floor and put their heads down so they can’t be influenced by their peers and raise their hand for the book they want. The majority rules!
We have went through 5 Roald Dahl books so far! FIVE!!! My little bookworms make this bookish heart very very happy.
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We started with George’s Marvellous Medicine which they absolutely adored (and voted for as their favourite of the half term). I incorporated lots of fun things into our lessons whilst we were reading it. I used it for problem solving, number bonds to ten, writing ingredients etc. The possibilities were endless. We also ended up making a marvellous medicine of our own which was very fun!
The next book was The Magic Finger which didn’t takeus long to read at all. We made up all sorts of dramatic games for this one, pretending we had magic fingers. The children also got to write creatively and freely about what they would do with a magic finger. I was surprised by how much they took away from this book. They spoke about animal cruelty and how the family were being treated by how they were treating animals.
We then moved onto The Twits. They really enjoyed, but were equally horrified by this book. We had great fun predicting what might happen next. The children also created some fantastic character descriptions.
Fantastic Mr Fox was the next choice. The children really loved this book, which I’m pleased about because it’s not a personal favourite of mine. I’m glad I didn’t pass that on! I did enjoy making up some Fantastic Mr Fox word problems for them though!
During the last week of term we read Esio Trot. This was a short book. Well, it would have been if they didn’t keep stopping me to tell me of the different sentence types that they had identified from their grammar lessons! Bless them. They’re always trying to impress me and I hope they realise that they DO impress me. These children are 6 and 7 years old and showing such enjoyment out of literature. That’s all I can ask for.
Last week I read two picture books to my class and we started our class book voted for by the children. They picked George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.
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The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs
My class loved this book which is told from A Wolf’s perspective. They weren’t that swayed by the Wolf’s story. They were so sceptical. I made it as interactive as possible, encouraging them to join in with repetitive elements in the story. Only one child was convinced that Mr Wolf was innocent…
The Huge Bag of Worries
My class lapped up this book! I used it in a session where we discussed worries and what to do when they had a worry no matter how big or small. We then drew some worry monsters which they loved and got every child inspired/creative!