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Reading for Pleasure

Term 1

Stig of the Dump by Clive King 


Barney is a solitary little boy who often wanders off by himself in the countryside. Exploring an old chalk pit, he finds himself in a cave where he meets a strange boy who wears a rabbit skin and speaks in grunts. His grandparents don't believe Barney when he tells them about his new cave boy friend - but nevertheless, the two enjoy plenty of fun together. 


This lovely story about the unlikely friendship between Barney and stone-age Stig has stood the test of time.


Books to support our learning this term: 





Term 2

We are incredibly excited to start The Iron Man this term as our class novel. Forgiveness Class will be gripped to their seats in anticipation for this fast paced, brilliantly written story. 


The Iron Man was written in by Ted Hughes. He was born in Yorkshire in 1930 and sadly died in London in 1988. He was a children's writer and is recognised as being one of the most significant poets of his generation in England. For more information about Ted Hughes, follow this link: https://kids.kiddle.co/Ted_Hughes -


Here are a selection of other texts written by Ted Hughes: 


Our theme this term is Iron Age. Below are a selection of books that relate to this fascinating topic, that we will be exploring this term.

Term 5


When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the fair, he is amazed that Fly, his sheep-dog, welcomes him as one of her own pups. Fly names the piglet Babe and teaches him all he needs to know about the farm and its animals. As he watches his 'mum' round up the sheep, he decides he would love to try too. However, his legs are too short and he is far too plump to run around after a flock of sheep. He then tries a different tactic; politely asking the sheep to form an orderly line! The sheep are so surprised to be treated with respect that they happily oblige and Farmer Hogget soon notices that Babe has a certain knack with them...


One of Dick King-Smith's best-loved tales, this wonderful book is full of gentle humour. The short chapters make it ideal for early confident readers, and it will be especially adored by young animal lovers.




Dick King-Smith was a soldier, a farmer, a family man, a primary school teacher and most memorably to his millions of fans, a best-selling children’s author. During the school summer holidays of 1976 Dick started writing a story for children. It took him three weeks to complete the first draft of The Fox Busters, a tale inspired by a brutal and daring daylight fox raid on some fine white cockerels Dick had had at Woodlands Farm twenty years earlier. After his two earlier careers, farming and teaching, Dick found huge and enduring success and satisfaction later in life as a children’s author. He wrote around 130 books, which have been translated into many languages and have sold over 15 million copies worldwide.



'Writing my books is like handing out presents. Giving children pleasure gives you a wonderful sort of Father Christmassy feeling.'

Dick King-Smith, October 1995

Term 6

Our novel this term is 'Billy and Minpins' by Roald Dahl. 


When Little Billy sneaks into the forest he meets thousands of tiny surprises: the Minpins. His new friends live in miniature houses inside hollow trees. But every one is terrified of a Fearsome Beast - and if Billy wants to go home he must defeat it once and for all!

The Minpins was Roald Dahl's last children's book. Like many of his other stories, it was partially inspired by the countryside around where he lived. The wood at the top of the field behind Roald's house was even known as the Minpin forest. It also has a connection to another of his books - Little Billy's mother tells him that the Forest of Sin is home to creatures including Vermicious Knids, which are the alien-like creatures that also appear in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.