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Middlethorpe Book Club – Autumn Term

Welcome to Middlethorpe’s first ever online Book Club!

This term (Autumn 2), we have chosen three different books for you to enjoy reading with your family at home.

Foundation and KS1: The Gruffalo  by Julia Donaldson

LKS2 (Years 3 and 4): The BFG by Roald Dahl

UKS2 (Years 5 and 6): Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson creator)

To read an extract from each of the books, please visit lovereading4kids which will open up in another tab. Here you will find extracts for our chosen books this term, as well as many other recommended reads for different age ranges and genres. We have also ordered some additional copies for our school reading cafe for your children to borrow. All of the books below are available in all good bookstores and supermarkets.

Don’t forget to email photos of you and your family reading together to farrowl@middlethorpeprimary.co.uk

Happy Reading!



Middlethorpe Book Club

At Middlethorpe, we have always been proud to call ourselves a reading school. This year, we would like to develop this further, encouraging more children to develop a love of reading and more importantly, to do so at home, sharing books and discussing stories and characters with family together.

So, welcome to Middlethorpe Book Club – an online Book Club for Middlethorpe children and families launching in November.

Each term, we will share with you some of our favourite, award winning books. These will range from poetry and silly rhymes to classic fiction as well as some stories by new and upcoming authors that you may not yet have heard of. Where possible, we will post an extract from our chosen books, allowing you to read a sample together direct from our our blog before you buy the book yourself or borrow them from one of our local libraries.We may even have some copies available for you to borrow in our school Reading Zone!

All we ask from you, is that you share pictures of you and your family reading the books together at home and comment/discuss your opinions about the book on the blog, to really get some great book discussion going and maybe even recommend the ones you have enjoyed most to others.

For more information, please see Book Club Newsletter (sent home with your child 1st November) or ask at the office for more information.

We look forwards to seeing your pictures and reading comments soon!

Mrs Farrow


Recommended Reads

Before the half term, I met with some governors and parents to discuss reading in school and ways in which we can help parents to continue supporting a love for reading at home. One of the suggestions from parents and governors was a list of recommended reads for different age groups.

As a result of this suggestion, we will be regularly updating the Reading School page with Recommended Reads for children within different year groups. We will also post links to websites where you can find many other suggestions for suitable books for your children as well as recommended reads from our Middlethorpe Reading Champions. Please also keep a look out for Mrs Barley’s recommended reads which she always includes on our Newsletters.

We would also love to hear some of your favourite reads too, so please comment and blog under our suggestions with your own.

We hope you find this helpful. Should you have any further questions or suggestions please come in to see me in school but for now, enjoy exploring the links below with some ideas for recommended reads.

Mrs Farrow

English Coordinator

Love Reading 4 KidsBook Trust

Recommended reads age 0-5

Book Trust Recommended Reads age 6-8

Book Trust recommended Reads age 9-11

Book Trust Recommended Reads age 12-14

Book Trust Book Finder


Reading at School and Home

  •  Literacy lessons focus on reading, writing and spelling strategies on a daily basis

  •  Children read in a Guided Reading Group on a weekly basis focusing on a specific aspect of a book with and adult

  •  We use the Rigby reading scheme throughout school supported by Oxford Reading Tree.  The children use these books to progress through the school until they are encouraged to read books of their own choice.  From the outset children are encouraged to read as many different types of text as possible such as comics, newspapers, fiction and non fiction books

  •  Reading certificates are given out every time a child reads 50, 100 150 times at home

New Books

Have you seen the fantastic new selection of books available in the hall!

Reader Leaders



As a reading school, we provide paired reading sessions, before school on three days a week.  We have trained children from years 5 and 6 , and more recently in year 4, to read with younger children.  The children choose books from the reading area and then, with their partner, they read the text together until the younger child thinks they can read some words on their own.  They then signal to their partner that they can read on, independently.  Their partners are watching to make sure that they don’t get stuck, but if they do they can jump in and continue reading alongside, until they feel confident once again.