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Here is a list of recommended reading for Primary Students.
Foundation Stage Book List
A small bear leads the way having suggested to dad that it would be a good idea to go to the river on a very hot day. Dad encourages his offspring’s independence whilst keeping close enough for help and protection when necessary.
Subtitled ‘Poems for the Very Young’ this is a collection children can have fun and identify with, enabling them to see the point of poetry. There are high production values surrounding this large and beautiful book with a happy marriage between word and pictures, the illustrations being like another version of each poem.
A mouse peers out of her hole one day and spies a huge apple. The search is on to find a hole which can accommodate both her and this delicious food.
Year 1 and 2 – Book list
This book raises important matters for this generation in a simple and unpreachy way. As the pages are turned, they transform to reveal ten things that everyone can easily do at least one of so as to help conserve the world. Many of them, such as turning off the television properly, walking to school and turning off lights when leaving a room, are about conserving energy.
A magical collection of stories enticing children to escape into worlds of weather altering necklaces, wish fulfilling mats, flying apple pies and giant marmalade coloured cats. These mystical tales are complemented with strikingly beautiful illustrations by Jan Pienkowski.
Stories about the life of a small girl who lives in Africa with her African dad and Canadian mum and a large extended family.
Year 3 and 4 Book List
In this collection of poems by James Berry, about half of the poems relate to Caribbean settings and subjects and the rest are poems set in the UK. This teaching sequence focuses both on poems relating to familiar childhood themes (such as friendship and family) and on themes special to the Caribbean.
These traditional stories from the length and breadth of Africa are retold by a renowned South African storyteller. Each of the eight stories is prefaced by an introduction to the country from which it comes revealing many fascinating cultural details and there is also a contextualising map of the continent.
Arthur Brownstone often ventures from the small Icelandic town where he was born into the nearby forest where his curiosity leads him to collect objects and forge friendships that will later be useful to him. One day a huge wolf extinguishes the fire that gives out essential warmth.
Year 5 and 6 Book list
A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book, and a ukulele. The bear assures the boy that they are travelling a short distance and it really shouldn't take very long....
A chilling tale of mechanical beings which has human warmth at its heart. When Fritz begins his story in the tavern on the night when Karl finishes his clockmaker’s apprenticeship, the boundaries between fiction and reality begin to blur. An interesting feature of this novel is the author’s asides to the reader at a number of points.
This humorous adventure is seen through the eyes of twelve year old Liam Digby a ‘gifted and talented’ child whose physical appearance ages him beyond his years.