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Beside the Seaside

As the final half term before Summer begins, our thoughts are turning towards seaside holidays! Take a look at the Beside the Seaside book list to enhance your summer term topic for KS1. This fabulous collection of fiction and non-fiction books explore coastal geography, seaside creatures and seaside holidays in the past.  ‘Rock Pool Secrets’ is a brand new release, which is perfect for this topic.  With large flaps on each page, children can lift rocks, shells, seaweed

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Reading Around the World

Q. Hello. Our whole school is going to be participating in a ‘Reading Around the World’ theme next term.  Each class is going to read a book set in a different country, and will be finding out about that country. Please could you recommend some fiction set in different countries, which include plenty of detail about that country’s people and culture? We also need some non-fiction books to help the children with their own research. A.   There

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The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London is having its 350th anniversary in 2016 and there are some wonderful new books being published just in time. The Great Fire is one of the most gripping events in British history and a topic that KS1 children really get enthusiastic about. The Great Fire of London: 350th Anniversary is an utterly stunning book from Wayland Press by Emma Adams. The illustrations are so vivid and beautifully designed and the text

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Going to the Seaside?

This week we’ve been looking at a selection of books for Reception, KS1 and lower KS2 pupils working on summer term projects to do with the seaside, coastal geography, and underwater creatures. There is a whole host of books to help children discover all aspects of the seaside, to inspire activities and also classroom discussions. Seaside by French Illustrator and author Alain Gree is a brilliant and innovative introduction to the seaside, its brilliant retro style,

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Getting into Reading

This week we’ve been looking at books that can bridge the gap between picture books and young fiction. For some children stepping up to young fiction can seem a slightly daunting proposition whereas others may be either reluctant readers or want to dive into something more challenging. In recent years, there has been a number of titles published, that try to address these issues through skilful writing and innovative illustration and book design. Claude: Going

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