Books for Primary Practitioners to read this summer

Jane Wood-Chambers

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Reading for pleasure is a skill best learnt young and one that will enhance your life and metal well-being at every stage of your existence. Never underestimate the power of the book; as a teacher it is your role to offer this knowledge to your students.

Before you can pass on the love of reading and recommend books to your students it is important to make sure that you read the books yourself first! I have compiled a list of my top 10 books for Key Stage 2 pupils to either read themselves at quiet reading time or as a class during the daily Storytime.

Storytime is an essential part of general classroom practice and is cross-curricular. Reading at the end of the day is ideal as it binds you together as a class and creates a magical time after a day of learning.

Reading is an opportunity to sit together and to listen to the dancing rhythm of words and allow the imagination and the mind’s eye to work and to wander.

A teacher reading to their class transports everyone to an unknown world. It enables pupils to hear the words carefully chosen and descriptive text come alive; it is soothing and pleasurable and meditative.



Here are my top ten; in no specific order and with no explanation of content aside from a sentence to hopefully illicit curiosity… Happy reading!


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Jane Chambers-Wood
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Over 27 years of educational experiences in a number of settings. Developed a clear vision and ethos for inclusion which puts the child at the centre and a clear understanding of how to support, engage and nurture the individual.

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