Reading Newsletter

At Edmund Waller, we are passionate about the children developing a lifelong love of reading.  Children who enjoy reading are happier, healthier; they are more empathetic, do better academically and do better in life generally.  In school, teachers read to their classes every day.  You will find the books they are currently enjoying displayed on classroom doors.  In the fifth edition of our bi-annual Reading Newsletter, children from every year group talk about the power of reading with someone at home.

On the reverse of the Reading Newsletter, you will find: Why Read Aloud? a powerful infographic summarising the benefits of reading aloud.  It is one of the practical resources created by the Read Aloud 15 Minutes National Campaign. 

At Edmund Waller, we strongly agree with their message about reading: ‚ÄúEvery child. Every¬† parent. Every day‚ÄĚ, encouraging 15 minutes of daily¬†¬†¬† reading aloud. ¬†

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Favourite Children’s Books

Over the Easter Break, we are researching the greatest children’s books of all time. ¬†We are going to be interviewing as many people as we can to find out what books they enjoyed as children and the reasons why, so that we can make a definitive list to help Year 5 to make more informed choices in the future.

We will return to school on Thursday, 20th April with a presentation, in the format of our choice, to share with the class.

The Book Trust’s Top 100 Children’s Books

If you don’t have the opportunity to share your favourite children’s book with our class, then please comment below so we can learn what your recommendations are.


Remember, children are also expected to be practising their target times-tables and reading regularly with an adult each week.  Also, children can help continue with the fantastic progress they are currently been making by continuing to access Mathletics, Bug Club and Languagenut over the holidays.

writing a new blurb for Lily Alone

After my mum left ¬†I find it kind of scary. ¬†I have to look after Bliss , Baxter and most importantly Pixie.I made a rule to make shore that they don’t ¬†go to school just in case they give it away. ¬†Now I can’t do anything, the bills need to be paid, I can’t even do the rent so now we have to live in the park. ¬†There’s hardly any food or anything.


A Day as Katniss Everdeen

A diary entry in role as Katniss Everdeen:

I woke up startled. My back ached and the burn on my calf wasn’t healing. As my eyes focused on the rabbit hopping around the tree trunk, I ate one strip of beef from my pack. Cautiously, I climb ¬†down from the tree, looking in all directions for any sign of the Careers. Nothing. The rabbit I saw earlier has hopped over to a bush. I raise my knife…

Under a looming willow, I start a fire, careful to conceal the smoke. The rabbit tastes delicious. l wrap some meat in my plastic and move on, climbing higher and higher as I scale the valley. Where are the Careers? I don’t know but I continue to follow Haymitch’s advice and look for water. No sign, not a trickle or stream. Walking on I look hopeful – hopeful that one of the sponsors will spare a coin, allowing me to drink.

Hunger scrapes in my stomach, causing me to eat the remains of the rabbit. Before I hadn’t felt the reality of the arena. This is the Hunger Games.