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Reader Teachers

We heart Reading! 

Our teachers and support staff are all readers - we love books and our favourite lessons are those where we are sharing a book with children.

Reading is both a window and a mirror and we see it as a great honour to be the torchbearers of great literature. 


Mrs Thompson: I have always loved reading and being a keen reader has been transformative in my life - it won me a place to study English at a good university and has given me countless insights into lived experiences beyond my own.  

As a child, Enid Blyton was a real favourite. 

Here I am reading one of the Famous Five series, aged about 8. 

Mrs Buckingham:

     When I was growing up, my favourite part of every day was always storytime. My brother and I both loved Roald Dahl's books. I used to plead with my mum each night for just one more chapter because I just couldn't wait to hear what would happen next. 'The Enormous Crocodile' and 'The BFG' were my absolute favourites and I think his writing inspired my life long love of reading. As an adult, I now get to share the joy of reading with the children in my class as well as my own children. 'The Twits' remains a firm favourite along. They also love the vast array of picture books from Rachel Bright, Anthony Brown and Emily Gravett. If you enjoy non fiction, you absolutely must check out anything written or illustrated by Yuval Zommer. His books are just stunning!

Mrs Pope: I loved Enid Blyton too - I was complete Famous Five addict. The style may be a little dated now but they are still brilliant stories. 

Mrs Moss:  The first book I remember was a book of fairy stories that I read with my Mum at bedtime; I would often choose the longest one possible! So my Mum bought a book called 365 Stories for Bedtime - one for every day of the year- so that there would be no arguments (Mums can be sneaky like that!). 

When I was in year 1, my teacher read to us, 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark'  and it was one of my favourites to read to my own children many years later. 

Reading on my own, I started with the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton  and I loved the idea of visiting new strange lands. When I was around nine I became obsessed with comics, particularly The Beano and even joined the fan club (I wonder where my badges ended up?). I also started reading Enid Blyton's Famous Five series - 'with lashings of ginger beer'.

My next obsession was Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome: I remember reading 3 of the series, during a summer holiday to Boscastle in Cornwall, in quick succession.  I  was fascinated by the thought of treasure maps and going exploring without an adult (don't try it, or you'll get into trouble!). Another book that made a lasting impression was Watership Down  by Richard Adams; I think it was the first book that made me cry- a good author will make you believe in the characters so much they seem very real!

And now I'm all grown up and only read really serious, boring adult books.


NO! I read lots and lots of children's book ( as well as ones written for adults). I love  all the Harry Potter books; The Hunger Games; The Book Thief; Wonder;  Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy; anything by Terry Pratchett. or Neil Gaiman, or Iva Ibbotson and so many more.....

So if you've read a good book, I'm always open to new ideas for my next bedtime reading choice - please come and tell me! 

Mrs Hudson: I also loved Enid Blyton but my absolute favourite was Noel Streatfield.   My mum used to have to take my book away to stop me from reading when I should have been asleep.  I liked 'White Boots' the best because I used to ice skate but I also enjoyed Ballet Shoes, The Circus Comes to Town, Apple Bough, Gemma and Sisters, Sunday's Child and as many others as I could get my hands on.