Home learning: Reading


Watch our latest video below - Fairholme school staff encourage you to read, and tell you about some of the things they have been reading during lockdown! Plus a few suggestions for you too.

Barack and Michelle Obama read The Word Collector

The document below has links to 10 brilliant story times to enjoy!

Reading for Pleasure (RfP) is the one thing that makes the most difference to helping children read proficiently.  Here are three simple ideas to support reading at home.

When we read poems out loud we breathe life into them and we can picture them in our imagination. The Children’s Poetry Archive is a place where you can listen to poems read out loud. Listen to poems by Roger McGouch, Michael Rosen, Grace Nichols, Ted Hughes, Benjamin Zephaniah, Allan Ahlberg and many, many more.

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As part of the #blacklivesmatter movement, author Kwame Alexander reads aloud from his illustrated poem The Undefeated - he remembers unforgettable, unafraid and unbowed, famous and overlooked figures from black history: from Jesse Owens, whose Olympic victories helped shatter the myth of white supremacy in the 1930s and first billionaire in NBA history Michael Jordan, to Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carole Denise McNair, killed in a racially motivated bombing in 1963 - and to the hundreds of thousands of black soldiers that fought in the American Civil War.

Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival
Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry – and it won't stop growing. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again? This is a very beautiful, sensitive look at anxiety and how a problem shared is a problem halved.

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Summer Reading Activities

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Summer Reading!

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Its Reading Together Day on Thursday 16th July and what better way to celebrate than with a wealth of reading activities to enjoy with your family over the summer holidays.

Reading Treasure Hunt On 16th July  17:30 – 18:10

See We’d love to see your own families’ treasure hordes too as your children will! #ReadingTreasure 

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Summer Reading Adventure   

Enjoy this map of fun reading conquests … See  ! #OUReadingAdventure


Circle of Reading Ten top authors have made a fun Circle of Reading Video! Find out about their diverse reading choices and join the circle by using the hashtag #CircleofReading. Add a picture of your favourite reading that isn’t book- Can you guess which authors will be in the video?


Summer Reading Bingo: an activity for children (and adults if they wish!) The focus is on reading for pleasure experiences with activities like make a den and read inside, read in the dark using a torch and read to a pet or a soft toy. Children can choose what they read for the challenges, although we have included some Summer 2020 recommended reads for those looking for new ideas.

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Summer Library Challenge: The Summer Reading Challenge website is free to access and a place for children to rate and review the books they are reading as they progress towards their reading goal. The website features video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children to take part in the Challenge at home.


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Summer Reading!

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Have you been wondering, what am I going to do with all those wonderful long weeks of the summer holiday?

The answer is simple... Read! 

Where to go for inspiration:

Summer 2020 Reading Challenge:

Book Trust lists:

Mrs Kelsey's favourite reads: (which you might not have read...)

Nursery and Reception:

-Mog and Bunny by Judith Kerr

-Tales of Trotter Street by Shirley Hughes

-I'm Sticking with You by Smriti Halls

  • I'm Sticking with You | Book by Smriti Halls, Steve Small ...

Year 1:

-Teddy Robinson by Joan G. Robinson

Dear Teddy Robinson by Joan G. Robinson

-Rhinocorn Rules by Matt Carr

Year 2:

-My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards

- The Tales of Olga Da Polga by Michael Bond

The Tales of Olga da Polga eBook: Bond, Michael, Rayner, Catherine ...

Year 3:

-The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lingren

-Erik the Viking by Terry Jones

-Agent Weasel by Nick East

Agent Weasel and the Fiendish Fox Gang: Book 1: East ...

Year 4:

-Lady Grace Mysteries by Patricia Finney

-The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

The Diamond Brothers in The Falcon's Malteser: ...

Year 5:

-Young Bond: Silverfin by Charlie Higson

-Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson

-The Twin's at St Clare's by Enid Blyton

Year 6:

-My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

-Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

I've read all of them I need more...

We Found a Hat: Klassen, Jon, Klassen, Jon ...

-I Want My Hat Back by John Klassen

-We Found a Hat by John Klassen

-This is Not My Hat by John Klassen

-Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lingren

-Lizzie Dripping by Helen Cresswell

-Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

-Bed-knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton (also a great film)

-The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum

The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum

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Ebook Library

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Have you read all the books on Bug Club? (I hope so!)

Then why not log on to Oxford Owl with loads more Free ebook to keep you going over the summer!

Comment below to tell us which was your favourite!

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Welcome to The Fairholme Book Blog!

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Reading is not for the Wimpy.... | Library book displays, Middle ...

Have you ever finished a book and then been at a complete loss as to what to read next? 

Well struggle no more, the book trust have created a great list of books to help and guide you to your next read!!?q=&sortOption=MostRecent&pageNo=1

The picture above gives some great examples... Can you think of any others that someone who liked reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid might enjoy? (If so, post in a comment below) 

Here's another one...

If you enjoyed: Horrid Henry

Why not try:

-Dirty Bertie

-Just William

-Emil and the Detectives

-Pippi Longstocking

-Lizzie Dripping

-Diary of a Wimpy Kid

-The Tapper Twins Go to War

Just William; Emil and the Detectives; The Tapper Twins

Now you have a go... Post your recommendations as comments!

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How can I support my child with reading at home?

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