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: “Every child. Every  parent. Every day”, 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 MathleticsBug Club and Languagenut over the holidays.

The Iron Man

One evening a farmer’s son, a boy called Hogarth, was fishing in a stream that ran down to the sea.  It was growing too dark to fish, his hook kept getting caught in weeds and bushes.  So he stopped fishing and came up from the stream and stood listening to the owls in the wood further up the valley, and to the sea behind him.  Hush, said the sea. And again, Hush.  Hush.  Hush.

Suddenly he felt a strange feeling.  He felt he was being watched.  He felt afraid.  He turned and looked up the steep field to the top of the high cliff.  Behind that skyline was the sheer rocky cliff and the sea.  And on that skyline, just above the edge of it, in the dusk, was…

What did Hogarth see?  How did he react?  Write the next section of the story, focusing on action and description.

A short animation of the opening scene of The Iron Man, where the Iron Man makes his first appearance.

On Monday, you will be sharing which times-table you are currently working on and the different methods you are using to practise them.  Does anyone at home have any good tips you can share?

Remember, you also need to make sure that you are accessing Mathletics to continue with your learning of fractions, decimals and percentages and Bug Club to help with your reading!