School Readers

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please see below links to another three stories read by a volunteer from the charity Schoolreaders, who provide free volunteers to listen to children read 1:1 at our school during term time. Optional activities to accompany each story can be found here

Week 4 Schoolreaders Storytime
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Aaaarrgghh Spider! by Lydia Monks
Spider wants to be a family pet. But the family whose house he lives in are terrified of him. Whenever he tries to show them what a great pet he would make, they simply cry: ”AAAARRGGHH, Spider!” Optional activity Reading Age 5+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Cyril and Pat’ by Emily Gravett
Cyril is the only squirrel in Lake Park, and he’s very lonely. Until one day he meets Pat – Pat the big, grey . . . other squirrel. Cyril and Pat have lots of adventures and fun together and Cyril is so pleased he’s made a friend. But everyone is adamant that Cyril and Pat simply cannot be friends, and they soon reveal why: Pat, as the reader has known all along, is actually a RAT! Optional activity Reading Age 7+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘The Highway Rat’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway Rat gallops along the highway, stealing their food. Clover from a rabbit; nuts from a squirrel – he even steals his own horse’s hay. Will he finally meet his comeuppance, in the form of a cunning duck? Optional activity Reading Age 6+
Week 3 Schoolreaders Storytime
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Winston the Book Wolf’ by Marni McGeeWinston the book wolf likes books – he likes to eat them. But then a girl named Rosie teaches Winston an important lesson: “You do not have to chew on a book to taste the wonderful words inside. Words taste even better when you eat them with your eyes!” Optional activity
Reading Age 7+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘The Legend of the Kea ’ by Philip TempleKrikta the kea and his friends are always playing practical jokes on the other birds. But one day, some of the birds become greedy and want the forest for themselves. So begins the terrible time of quarrelling that threatens the forest. Ka, the great bird and keeper of the forest, is angry with the birds and punishes them. Krikta, the mischievous kea, finds he has been too cheeky for his own good. Reading Age 10+
‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael RosenPlease note new link to this story above – Walker Books have kindly sent us a special link to this story being read by Michael Rosen himself. The original link will be deactivated soon.For brave hunters and bear-lovers!  Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!
Reading Age 6+
Week 2 Schoolreaders Storytime
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Baby Brains’ by Simon James
Meet the extraordinary Baby Brains. He reads the paper, mends the car and works as a doctor at the hospital. He’s so clever that some scientists ask him to go on their next space mission. Optional activity
Reading Age 5+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne One night a boy is woken by a terrible sound. A storm is breaking, lightning flashing across the sky. In the morning Dad has disappeared and Mum doesn’t seem to know when he’ll be back. Mum asks her son to take a cake to his sick grandma. “Don’t go into the forest,” she warns. “Go the long way round.” But, for the first time, the boy chooses to take the path into the forest, where he meets a variety of fairy tale characters! Optional activity Reading age 8+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Bringing Down the Moon’ by Jonathan EmmettMeet the little mole who thinks a lot and join him on his quest to bring down the moon. Optional activity
Reading age 3+
Week 1 Schoolreaders Storytime
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘The Ravenous Beast’ by Niamh SharkeyThe ravenous beast is hungry; he’s hungry, hungry, hungry. But is he the hungriest animal of all? Optional activity Reading age: 5+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘One is a snail, ten is a crab’ by April Pulley SayreIf one is a snail and two is a person, we must be counting by feet! Optional activity Reading age: 3+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘This is Our House’ by Michael RosenA book about the power of sharing. George says the cardboard house is his and no one else can share it. Optional activity Reading age: 5+

Optional activities to accompany each story can be found here