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May 2, 2018

Reading Lists for Year 3 Children

With younger children, we try not to be too presciptive about what they should read – it’s al about reading for enjoyment. The reading list below is grouped alphabetically witht he author’s sruname – not in order of preference or importance.

Watership Down Richard Adams
The James III Sequence Joan Aiken
* Skellig
* Kit’s Wilderness
David Almond
Playing on the Edge Neil Arksey
Kelp Linda Aronson
* Little Soldier
* Rapid
Bernard Ashley
What’s Your Problem? Sherry Ashworth
Amistad Junior Novelization Joyce Annette Barnes
Squashed Joan Bauer
* Carrie’s War
* The Outside Child
* The Real Plato Jones
Nina Bawden
Song of Be Leslie Beake
Hacker Malorie Blackman
The Memory Prisoner Thomas Bloor
Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret Judy Blume
Music on the Bamboo Radio Martin Booth
* River Boy
* Midget
Tim Bowler
The Chalet School Series Elinor M Brent-Dyer
* Billy Elliot
* Junk
* The Baby and Fly Pie
Melvin Burgess
* The Pinballs
* Cracker Jackson
* The Summer of the Swans
Betsy Byars
The Big Bazoohley Peter Carey
Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
The Puffin Father Brown Stories G K Chesterton
And then there were none Agatha Christie
The Guardians John Christopher
Worm Songs Ann Coburn
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
* The Dark is Rising Sequence
* The Boggart
Susan Cooper
Bully Yvonne Coppard
* The Wanderer
* Walk Two Moons
* Chasing Redbird
Sharon Creech
Moondial Helen Cresswell
Wolf Gillian Cross
Beowulf Kevin Crossley-Holland
Angels Unlimited Annie Dalton
Tangled Webs Nicola Davies
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
The Village By The Sea Anita Desai
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
* Granny was a Buffer Girl
* A Parcel of Patterns
* Children of Winter
Berlie Doherty
My Favourite Animal Stories Gerald Durell
T S Eliot Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Deborah Ellis The Breadwinner
Anne Fine * Up on Cloud Nine
* The Tulip Touch
Catherine Fisher * The Empty Hand
* The Snow-Walker Sequence
Nicholas Fisk * A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair
* Grinny
* Trillions
Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl
Jackie French Hitler’s Daughter
Paul Gallico * Jennie
* The Snow Goose
Leon Garfield * Black Jack
* The December Rose
Alan Garner The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
Carlo Gebler August ‘44
Jean Craighead George * Julie and the Wolves
* My Side of the Mountain
Adèle Geras A Candle in the Dark
Rosa Guy The Friends
Cynthia Harnett The Wool-Pack
Libby Hathorn Way Home
Esther Hautzig The Endless Steppe
Nat Hentoff The Day They Came To Arrest the Book
Odo Hirsch Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman
Anne Holm I am David
Polly Horvath Everything on a Waffle
Janni Howker * Badge on the Barge
* Martin Farrell
Norman Hunter The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn
Brian Jacques The Redwall Series
Robin Jarvis * The Deptford Mice Trilogy
* The Whitby Witches
Catherine Jinks Eye to Eye
Reinhardt Jung Dreaming in Black & White, translated by Anthea Bell
Erich Kastner Emil and the Detectives
Elizabeth Kay The Divide
Gene Kemp The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler
Dick King-Smith The Crowstarver
Madeline L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time
Elizabeth Laird * Secret Friends
* Kiss the Dust
Charles & Mary Lamb Tales FromSkakespeare
C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Joan Lingard The Guilty Party
Penelope Lively The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Michelle Magorian * Back Home
*Goodnight Mr Tom
Margaret Mahy * The Ghost of Thomas Kemp
* The Haunting
Jan Mark Stratford Boys
John Masefield The Box of Delights
William Mayne Cuddy
Geraldine McCaughrean Gold Dust
Karen McCombie Allys World: The Past, the Present and the Loud Loud Girl
Ian McEwan The Daydreamer
L M Montgomery Anne of Green Gables
Michael Morpurgo * Out of the Ashes
From Hereabout Hill
Beverley Naidoo The Other Side of Truth
Bill Naughton The Goalkeeper’s Revenge
Linda Newbery Blitz Boys
Jenny Nimmo * Griffin’s Castle
* The Snow Spider
Mary Norton The Borrowers
Alfred Noyles The Highwayman
Robert C O’Brien Z for Zachariah
Judith O’Neill So Far From Skye
Pat O’Shea The Hounds of the Morrigan
March 22, 2018

Reading List for the 13 Plus (Year 7 and 8) Preparation

Reading is a crucial part of preparing any child for the 13 Plus exams. With technology taking over the spare time of many children, these days, it can be an uphill struggle to get them to read. However, reading is important for all subjects – not just for English.
Here is a list of mixed genre books to read in preparaton for the 13 Plus exams.

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March 22, 2018

Year 4 Reading List for the 11 Plus Preparation

Reading is a crucial part of preparing any child for the 11 Plus exams. You may think that Year 4 is too early to prep, but children who excel in English from an earlier age can find it a lot easier later on. Additionally an ability to read and understand questions across not only English, but maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning goes a long way!
Also, with reading comes increased comprehension, an expansion of vocabulary and the space to be able to digest complicated texts that show up on papers in the 11 Plus exams. It’s therefore never too early to start preparing.
If you’re looking for a guide on the type of books to encourage your child to read in Year 4, here is a short list. If you can squeeze in one book per month, that’s a good start. If you can squeeze more in, all the better.

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March 22, 2018

Year 5 Reading List for the 11 Plus Preparation

Reading is a crucial part of preparing any child for the 11 Plus exams. With reading comes increased comprehension, an expansion of vocabulary and the space to be able to digest complicated texts that show up on papers in the 11 Plus exams.
If you’re looking for a guide on the type of books to encourage your child to read, here is a short list – aim for at least one book read per month. If you can squeeze more in, all the better.

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March 22, 2018

Boost your child’s maths scores by 20% with this easy-to-follow guide

  •  Do you want to boost your child’s 11 Plus maths scores?
  • How can you help a child to pass their 11 Plus exams when they struggle with maths?
  • How much work your child REALLY needs to do to be in with a chance of passing the 11 Plus?
  • What maths topics do children actually need to know for the 11 Plus?
  • What can you do to support your child when it all seems to be going wrong with their maths?
  • Help! I started preparing my child very late for the 11 Plus. What can I do to buy back some time and get to the standard required to pass the exams?

With just a handful of months to go until the 11 Plus exams kick off in September 2018, you’re probably looking for all the support you can to help your child maximise their chances of scoring high enough to guarantee a place at one of the top grammar schools.

Maths is a central part to success in the grammar school selection tests. If you’d like to find a way to boost your child’s maths scores by 20%, the Geek School Tutoring guide, Boost Your Child’s 11 Plus Scores by 20%, is a must have! It’s easy to follow and easy to implement – and it will get results.

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