Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a back to school topic. I decided to write about 10 books that I hope to explore with my class this coming academic year. Just 6 days until we’re back!
I shall be teaching a mixed class this year with ages ranging from 7-9! Here are the books I’m planning to explore with them.
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The Pied Piper Of Hamelin- Michael Morpurgo
We are doing a book study on this book in the first three weeks of term. I’m really excited to explore it with them with some really fun activities.
The World’s Worst Children- David Walliams
I have picked this book as our first class book! I’m excited to explore more of David Walliams’ writing!
Stone Age, Bone Age- Mick Manning
I thought this non fiction book would be great for our first topic of the Stone Age!
Ug- Raymond Briggs
Ug is another Stone Age related book which we’ll be studying in the first few months. I haven’t read it before, so I’m excited to read it with them!
The Heart and The Bottle- Oliver Jeffers
This is another book that I want to study with them. There’s a lot of opportunity for creative writing!
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish- Neil Gaiman
I haven’t read this book, but I can’t wait to read some Neil Gaiman to my new class!
Black Dog- Levi Pinfold
I have heard a lot about this book, but I’ve never read it. I look forward to exploring it with them!
Flotsam- David Weisner
Another one I’ve heard so much about but never got around to reading!
Roman’s On The Rampage- Jeremy Strong
My old class enjoyed a bit of Jeremy Strong, so I aim to try this one with the new class when we study the Romans.
You Wait Til I’m Older Than You- Michael Rosen
I love Michael Rosen. I’m trying to read more poetry to my class, so this is the perfect choice!
What did you do for your back to school post this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching 6-7 year olds. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!
This week has been a mixed bag of emotions. On the one hand it’s been incredibly successful with some great results considering that it is my first year of teaching. On the other hand, I’ve realised just how dishonest some teachers can be and it has been a little disheartening. It seems like there’s a lot of playing the system to get the results expected. Perhaps I’m a little naive. I pride myself on being honest. If some children aren’t going to make their age related expectations…I say. I truly believe that it’s better to be honest about it, so their next teacher doesn’t get a shock!
Just this week, I’ve heard of teachers heavily supporting children with supposedly independent work. They do this so that their children make it. How can this happen? Speaking to other new teachers, it’s happening in so many schools. I understand that teachers are under extreme pressure to perform, but I honestly don’t think this is the way forward. How does it help that child?
I’m hoping to feel less disillusioned soon. Surely something has to change?
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.