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Charlotte’s Web (KS2)

Charlotte’s Web Author: E.B. White Age range: 7+ (KS2) Themes include friendship, helping others, love, life and death   English Teaching Ideas Explore character, setting, and story events, and organize a variety of these elements to construct story-related comic strips Use text, images, and dialogue to reconstruct story events and make up their own storylines… Continue reading Charlotte’s Web (KS2)

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The Great Chicken Mystery (KS1)

Author: Melanie Joyce Illustrator: Kirsten Collier Age range: KS1 Reflections Themes include making judgments/assumptions, stereotypes, friendship, helping others, communication The mystery element of this story engages the reader by playing on curiosity- children can enjoy making guesses throughout the story as to what happens to the chickens   Cross-curricular links PSHCE/P4C Was the farmer right… Continue reading The Great Chicken Mystery (KS1)

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Lemur Dreamer (KS1)

  Lemur Dreamer Author: Courtney Dicmas Age range: KS1   Reflections A funny and charming tale with themes including friendship, dreams and supporting one another rather than trying to change them There isn’t a lot of text on each page but it does contain some advanced vocabulary which may require explaining, “residents”, “inextraordinary”   Cross-curricular… Continue reading Lemur Dreamer (KS1)

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Superworm (KS1)

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler Age range: KS1   Reflections A funny, exciting, uplifting story with beautiful illustrations to match. The story follows a very catchy rhyme with repetition which would be fun to chant. Themes include helping others, friendship, unlikely heroes, teamwork,┬ábravery   Cross-curricular links English create your own rhyming story write a… Continue reading Superworm (KS1)

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The Snail and the Whale (KS1)

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler Age range: KS1     Reflections This story has a great rhyme sequence which makes it easy and enjoyable to listen to. The repetition of phrases “The tiny snail on the tail of the whale” allows children to anticipate and join in with patterns. The story contains lots of… Continue reading The Snail and the Whale (KS1)