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Reading for Pleasure

"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light." Vera Nazarian

At Greenbank Primary School we are committed to providing our children, staff and parents with opportunities to read for pleasure as we believe the benefits of reading for pleasure are far reaching. Aside from the sheer joy of exercising the imagination,we believe  has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation.  On this page we hope you will find a series of resources to inform you about what we do in school and ways you can support your child at home.  

Our current recommendations:


EYFS - Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers


Once there was a sad, lonely penguin who appeared at the door of a young boy. The boy decided he must be lost, so he set off to find his home. The boy asked the Lost and Found Office, some birds, and even his rubber duck, but no one knew where he belonged. Then he read that penguins were from the South Pole, and decided to help him get back there. Together they set out across the sea, rowing through bad weather and good, but when they reached the South Pole, the boy discovered that sometimes what you're looking for is right in front of you all along...


KS1 - The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers

When life in the forest begins to change; when trees mysteriously lose their branches, when whole tree trunks start to disappear, when homes are lost, the only course of action for the forest dwellers is to begin a full scale investigation. Alibis must be proved, clues must be sought but even so, blame is never far from anyone's thoughts.

Who is the perpetrator of this heinous crime? Will justice be done?


KS2 - The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

Once there was a girl whose life was filled with wonder at the world around her…
Then one day something happened that made the girl take her heart and put it in a safe place. However, after that it seemed that the world was emptier than before. But would she know how to get her heart back?

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Reading Policy

Bestselling author, Jeremy Strong's tips on how to encourage your child to read for pleasure!

Valentine's Day Speed Read

To celebrate Valentine's Day we held a 'speed read.'  This involved pupils recommending a book to their peers.  They had one minute to talk about the book before the bell rang and they had to move on.  Children spoke passionately about the books and inspired their peers, some even swapped books!

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Listen how passionately our children talk about books!

World Book Day 2016

This year to celebrate World Book Day and the vast array of cultures in our school, our theme was  'Books from Around the World.'  Each class focused on a different country and staff  and children came to school dressed in that countries flag colour. 

All children were given a reading passport and had it stamped as they visited different countries.  We ensured there were lots of opportunities for cross-key stage reading.  Not only did the children enjoy reading, they also had the opportunity to cook traditional dishes from the different countries and take part in a storytelling and dance session led by Movema. 

After school,  parents were invited to take part in the dance and storytelling too.  Have a look through the photographs and see if you can guess which country the different classes were learning about!

Book recommendations

We have made links with St. Sebastian's and St. Cuthbert's to enable children to recommend books to their peers from across the city.  We send video clips of our children to one another.  Year one pupils from St. Cuthbert's recommended our children read 'The Pirate Cruncher' by Jonnny Duddle.  Our children loved the book and here are some of the things they said about it:


"Thank you for the book.  My fayvrit part was the payrit birp because it is funy.  I hope you send us another book" Aya (1SO)


"Thank you for the book.  My favrout part was wen thay fel in the wata because it made me laf." Dexter (1SO)


"Thank you for the book it was very funy.  My fraret bit was wen the monster sed crunch because I got to see the hol monster." (Nathan 1SO)


The children from St. Sebastian's recommended our children read, 'Yes' by Jez Alborough.  This is what our children thought of the recommendation:


"I think it was great because the elephant and the frog helped the monkey and the frog leaded the way." Kaajol (1GM)


"I think it's a bit funny because Bobo kept saying yes and no." Jamila (1GM)


"I think its very very silly" Arran (1GM). 


Don't forget to check out our fortnightly recommendations in the entrance foyer and on the website.




The Storybarn at Calderstones...

During May and June all EYFS and KS1 classes have been lucky enough to visit the Storybarn at Calderstones.  The children sung, listened to a range of stories and participated in some book themed craft activities.  The barn itself is a magical place were children are allowed to: step inside the pirate ship and set sail as they listen to wonderful tales, float in the clouds as they travel by hot air balloon to fantasy islands and programme the robot to tell them even more fantastic stories.  Some classes have even had a Booknic (picnic with books in the park afterwards ).  This visit really helped inspire the children to read for pleasure.


Here is what the children thought:


"I love the robot" Kayden (NAM)


"This is the best trip ever!" Jannat (1GM)


"What a lovely storybarn!" Carmen (NPM)





Inspiration from St. Hilda's pupils...

We are fortunate enough to have made links with St.Hilda's school and recently some pupil librarians from St. Hilda's visited our school and spoke to pupils in years 3 -6 about why they are passionate readers and their responsibilities as pupil librarians.  They then shared a text with the children and set a follow up task.  Some of our pupils have now been invited to St. Hilda’s to see their new library and experience some of the tasks the librarians do.  This is fabulous for our children as a number of them will attend St Hilda’s this year so it not only helps with transition, but it also helps to motivate and inspire our children when they see their peers being passionate readers. 



Tuesday 13th September 2016 - Roald Dahl Day


Tuesday 13th September was Roald Dahl day and we celebrated this exciting occasion by holding a competition.  To coincide with the release of the BFG during the summer the children made 'Dream Jars' and pictorially represented their dreams.  Take a look at some of the fabulous 'Dream Jars' below.

Useful Links to help develop Reading for Pleasure!
Monday 20th November 2017