This post comes a little late, but we’ll blame our pre & post-christmas busyness for the delay! As well as our group based in Fakenham, the autumn term saw the introduction of a new Reading for Pleasure group based in Norwich, which we were very excited about.
Led by one of our Librarians, Harriet, our inaugural meeting of the Norwich KS2 Reading 4 Pleasure Group (adults) was held at West Earlham Junior School, and was very entertaining and enjoyable- thanks to our hosts and all the participants for an excellent afternoon. As well as the titles below, we had general book chat and discussed how schools share the books; for example, West Earlham tantalised with reading a chapter aloud then loaning out the books; while Valley kept the books in the classroom and children could borrow.
Tall Tales from Pitch End by Nigel McDowell
- Very much top end of KS2, probably better for KS3
- Quite hard going with long and complicated plot
- Lots of interesting ideas but maybe wouldn’t be understood by children
- Too dark
Fright Forest (Elf Girl and Raven Boy series) by Marcus Sedgwick
- Children are really enjoying it
- Good banter between the characters
- Perfect for years 5 & 6 – more please!
Poems to Perform edited by Julia Donaldson
- Good mix of old and new
- Good variety including some previously unknown
- Nice hints on how to be performed and website to support (useful resource!)
- Cover a bit old fashioned and unappealing to children
- Good for dipping into
The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon by Jonny Duddle
- Very popular!
- Useful that it is part of a series
- Good for the whole of KS2
- Short chapters and good illustrations
- Good for reading aloud the pirate voices!
- Informative glossary
- Kenzie thought: “it was interesting and funny at the beginning. It was funny in the middle. It was interesting and at the end it was exciting”
Boy in Tights by Kate Scott
- Good for discussion about stereotyping – good for diversity
- Very pacey and exciting
- Boys really enjoyed it once they got past the dress!
- Kenzie would recommend this because “it was a good story; it was funny and weird”
Our Fakenham Reading For Pleasure group also met last term and discussed the titles below.
Weasels by Elys Dolan
- Enjoyed by pupils, who loved the illustrations.
- Read aloud well to a small class
Sally Frere-Smith from Great Massingham Primary provided us with a brilliant review produced by some of her pupils!
Monkey and Me by David Gilman (NB. this is currently on Carnegie longlist!)
- Interesting concept and good for Year 6, maybe not Year 5.
- Dylan said: “it was funny because I liked the monkey. He’s a cheeky one.”
The Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac
- Can feel for both characters
- Enjoyed it.
What Are We Fighting For? edited by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens
- Poems about war
- Good collection
- Good to support scheme of work for KS2
SuperCat vs the Chip Thief by Jeanne Willis
- Charlotte: “It was awesome”
- Tegan: “It was a bit boring”
- Better for younger KS2 and less able readers
- Painful jokes
Previous fiction discussion entries cane be found here.