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In KS2, Guided Reading happens every day at the same time as Phonics. As many children will be new to the format, we will begin simply, by embedding a least one Reading Vipers skill a day (below). Our two Guided Reading texts for Spring 2 (2024) are 'A Neclace of Raindrops' by Joan Aitken and 'Africa, Amazing Africa' by Atinuke.


The first five short stories- A Necklace of Raindrops, The Cat Sat on the Mat, There’s some Sky in this Pie, The Elves in the Shelves and The Three Travellers  - have been explored in detail. Following these sessions, the children can choose one of the remaining three stories (The Baker’s Cat, A Bed for the Night or The Patchwork Quilt) to read and explore then go on to devise questions for a friend to respond to.


This beautifully-written text captures Africa's unique mix of the modern and the traditional, as the author explores its geography, its peoples, its animals, its history, its resources and its cultural diversity. The book divides Africa into five sections: South, East, West, Central and North, each with its own introduction. This is followed by a page per country, containing a delightful mix of friendly, informative text and colourful illustrations. The richest king, the tallest sand dunes and the biggest waterfall on the planet are all here, alongside drummers, cocoa growers, inventors, balancing stones, salt lakes, high-tech cities and nomads who use GPS! This is non-fiction at its most exciting, exhilarating and energetic, illustrated with passion and commitment by Mouni Feddag.



Children, remember that reading is the single most important thing you can do for your education. At St Georges we aim to foster a love of reading with our children. Our guided reading sessions as well as daily story time are really enjoyed by children. Parents and carers, please, please listen to your child read every night if you can - it is one of the best things that you can do to support their learning.anjan-sarkar-illustration-of-boy-reading-b-heart.png

Children will have two books to take home with them from school - one colour-coded book which has been chosen according to their reading level, and a Reading for Pleasure book they have chosen themselves from the Book Corner. 

Your child should have access a wide range of reading texts to inspire and challenge them on their reading journey. Your local library is free to join, and you can borrow books for FREE! Audiobooks are great too, and Youtube has lots of story books for your child to enjoy. Click on the links below to access a range of titles: is great for online books and it is free to register a home account

Amazon also do free children's ebooks on their website - you do not need a kindle to access these digital texts.

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