Reading is a fundamental part of our ethos and our learning at Fairholme.  We know that reading is not just an essential life skill, but is also a way of bringing pleasure and learning about new things.  Reading opens up a whole new world of imagination and possibilities.  We talk with our children about reading every day, we recommend new books to read, and we encourage reading for pleasure whenever possible.  On this page you will find links to a variety of reading-related articles and tasks, some of which we put together during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021.

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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.