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Reading Support

Reading at home

Reading with your child is the most useful, productive, powerful and enjoyable activity to do at home that will not only help them achieve at school, but also strengthen your relationship.  That’s why we left weekly homework behind some years ago; we want to make sure EVERY child (and grown-up) at Coleham Primary School LOVES reading as much as their teachers do!

Reading with your child is a lot more than just hearing them read their school books – here are some ideas to help you and your child develop a love of reading:

  • Help them with their phonics sounds as they read
  • Read to them; model how a story should be read with exciting pitch, tone, pause, punctuation and character voice
  • Read a range of different types of text – NOT JUST THEIR SCHOOL BOOK!
  • Discuss what they are reading: ask questions about what might happen next and about what has already happened
  • Share your favourite books
  • Visit the Shrewsbury Library – IT’S FREE!
  • Make time for stories EVERY night: a routine is always good and story time can be a very special time for children and the parents/carers to share together.

Please do contact your child’s teacher or the reading team if you would like any more advice about sharing reading with your child.

The Reading Team

100 Books To Read Before You Leave Coleham!

We LOVE reading at Coleham!  Below is a list of 100 books we think every child should have a read of before they leave Coleham Primary School.  The list is not exhaustive, nor exclusive – there are LOADS of excellent books that didn’t quite make it on to the list.  However, it is a good range of different types of books for all children (and parents!) to enjoy. 

 

All traditional fairy tales, including:

1

The Magic Porridge Pot

2

The Gingerbread Man

3

Jack & The Beanstalk

4

Little Red Riding Hood

5

Three Little Pigs – Traditional

 

 

Well-Loved Classic Picture Books:

6

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

7

Funnybones – Allan & Janet Ahlberg

8

Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

9

The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Judith Kerr

10

Not Now, Bernard! – David McKee

11

Owl Babies – Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson

12

Peace at Last – Jill Murphy

13

Whatever Next! – Jill Murphy

14

On The Way Home – Jill Murphy

15

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch – Ronda & David Armitage

16

The Jolly Postman – Allan & Janet Ahlberg

17

Dogger – Shirley Hughes

18

The Forest Child – Richard Edwards

19

Voices In The Park – Anthony Browne

20

Zoo – Anthony Browne

21

The Tunnel – Anthony Browne

22

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

23

Room On The Broom – Julia Donaldson

24

Fungus The Bogeyman – Raymond Briggs

 

 

Contemporary Picture Books:

25

Emily Brown And The Thing – Cressida Cowell

26

The Selfish Crocodile – Faustin Charles

27

The Wolf’s Story – Toby Forward

28

Oi Frog! series – Kes Gray & Jim Field

29

The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water – Gemma Merino

30

Lost And Found – Oliver Jeffers

31

The Day The Crayons Quit – Oliver Jeffers

32

Open Very Carefully – Nick Bromley & Nicola O’Byrne

33

I want My Hat Back – Jon Klaasen

34

We Found A Hat – Jon Klassen

35

This Is Not My Hat – Jon Klaasen

36

Tuesday – David Wiesner

37

On Sudden Hill – Linda Sarah

38

Granddad’s Island – Benji Davies

39

Weasels – Elis Dolan

40

Rabbits – Shaun Tan

41

Window – Jeannie Baker (a book with no words)

 

 

Narratives for Younger Children (KS1 – Lower KS2)

42

Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown

43

Mango & Bambang – Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy

44

Pugs Of The Frozen North – Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre

45

The Twits – Roald Dahl

46

Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl

47

George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl

48

James And The Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

49

The BFG – Roald Dahl

50

The Last Polar Bears – Harry Horse

51

The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark – Jill Tomlinson

52

The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery & Irene Testot-Ferry

53

The Iron Man – Ted Hughes

54

How The Whale Became – Ted Hughes

55

Just-So Stories – Rudyard Kipling

56

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

57

The Wind In The Willows – Kenneth Grahame

58

The Firework Maker’s Daughter – Philip Pullman

59

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

60

The Odyssey - Homer

61

Mr Gum (series) – Andy Stanton

 

 

Narratives for Older Children (Lower KS2 – Upper KS2)

62

Robin Hood – Traditional

63

The Labours Of Hercules – Ancient Greek Myth

64

Tales From 1001 Nights – Traditional Arabian

65

Kensuki’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo

66

Odd And The Frost Giants – Neil Gaiman

67

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

68

The Animals Of Farthing Wood – Colin Dann

69

The Witches – Roald Dahl

70

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

71

Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian

72

Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden

73

Watership Down – Richard Adams

74

Wonder – R.J. Palacio

75

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

76

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

77

Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

78

The Call Of The Wild – Jack London

79

Holes – Louis Sachar

80

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea – Jules Verne

81

The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

82

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

 

 

Poetry:

83

Michael Rosen’s A-Z Of Children’s Poetry – Michael Rosen

84

Please, Mrs Butler! – Allan Ahlberg

85

Gargling With Jelly – Brian Patten

86

The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes

87

The Rattlebag – Seamus Heaney

88

Revolting Rhymes – Roald Dahl

89

Dirty Beasts – Roald Dahl

 

 

Shakespeare:

90

The Tempest

91

Macbeth

92

Julius Caesar

93

Henry V

94

Romeo & Juliet

 

 

Biography:

95

The Diary Of Anne Frank – Anne Frnk

96

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan & The mysteries Of The Universe – Stephanie Roth Sisson

97

Boy – Roald Dahl

98

Little People, Big Dreams (series) – Various Authors

99

On A Beam Of Light: A Story Of Albert Einstein – Jennifer Berne

100

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story Of Elizabeth Blackwell – Tanya Lee Stone