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Reading for Pleasure

Here at St Thomas', the children will be given many opportunities to listen to and enjoy many stories, rhymes and poems. Now the children have settled into Reception, they have started to learn their set one sounds to support them with reading with independence. You will see each week how they progress from recognising sounds, digraphs, trigaphs, blending words, reading sentences, role playing familiar stories and using expression to help bring stories to life! On this page, the class teachers will add the stories that the children will be focusing on but also provide some activities for you to take part in at home. There will also be lists of books that you may wish to read with your child at home. Happy reading! 



Owl Babies 

 By Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson 


This week the children will be reading the story Owl babies and exploring characters feelings as well as sequencing the story. Can you support your child with researching facts about owls using the internet. Can they find out what they like to eat, how they survive in their habitat and what they look like.  


Elmer- David McKee 


Over the next two weeks, the children will be reading the story Elmer. This story is a wonderful story that explores tolerance and why it is important to celebrate all the reasons we are different and special. 


Can you support your child with answering the following questions about the story. Please encourage your child to use full sentences and explain their ideas using `because` and `and`. 


1) Who is Elmer? 

2) Why is Elmer special? 

3) What made Elmer decide he wants to look like all the other elephants? 

4) Is Elmer happy about this change? 

5) What makes Elmer special? 

6) Can you explain what makes you special? 

Term 2- It's good to be you

This term we will be reading a number of story books that support the children's understanding about different cultures and celebrations. We will also be exploring characters and identifying why it is important to show respect and identify why everybody is special. 

The Little Red Hen


This week, the children will be reading The Little Red Hen. This traditional tale will continue their learning on harvest and begin to explore the changes that can be seen during Autumn time. In our Literacy learning, the children will be retelling the story orally. Can you support your child by retelling the story using actions. You will also find a link below that will take you to the BBC website where your child can take part in a listening activity. Have fun!


The Bear Who Wouldn't Share

By Oakley Graham and Lizzie Walkley




Throughout the week during our circle times, the children will also be reading the story `The Bear Who Wouldn't Share.` This is to support the children with settling into their new routines but also to think about how others might feel when sharing does not take place. Can you support your child with answering the questions below linked to the story? 


1) I wonder what this story will be about? 

2) What clues can you see on the front cover that the bear is not happy about sharing? 

3) I wonder what he might not want to share? 

4) How might the other characters be feeling and why? 

5) How could we help the bear to share? 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


We are carrying on with our bear theme this term and this week the children will be reading the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This is one of the many traditional tales that Reception will be looking at this year. Can you work with your child to describe the character below using some exciting vocabulary. I wonder if you could send your ideas to your class teacher. 



We're going on a bear hunt. 

By Michael Rosen 



This week the children's learning will be focused around the story `We're going on a bear hunt` by Michael Rosen. This will focus on story language, repetition and using positional language in Maths. Below are some questions that you may wish to ask your child linked to the story. 


1) I wonder where they will find a bear? 

2) How do you think they will get there? 

3) Will they discover any other animals along the way? 

4) If you were going on a bear hunt, how might you be feeling? 


You can also find a video of the author, Michael Rosen performing the story. Can you encourage your child to also perform the story using actions and expression? 


Michael Rosen performs `We're going on a bear hunt.`