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Our Core Text:

Private Peaceful

by Michael Morpurgo



Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storyteller.


Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life.


As young Thomas Peaceful looks back over his childhood from the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside. But the clock is ticking, and every moment Tommo spends remembering how things used to be, means another moment closer to something which will change his life for ever.


Reading in Adventurers Class:

We all LOVE to read in Adventurers Class! Whenever we have a spare moment, or a break from our learning, we are either listening to our core text read by Miss Mars or we are snuggled up somewhere in the room with a reading buddy,

whether that be a teddy or a friend!

In Adventurers Class we have access to a wide range of texts in school and it is great to see children reading their own books from home as well. In our study hub, we have a Reading Tree for each year group that is filled with new and exciting reads aimed specifically at children aged 7-9. To encourage the children to read more throughout the school, each year group has their own Reading Tree Challenge where they have 50 books to read and tick off before the end of the year! This list consists of a mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. 


For children that would like to read something different we also have various baskets filled with different types of books in our Bronze, Silver and Gold baskets in the classroom. This provides the children with the opportunity to choose a book that is best matched to their reading level whilst still allowing them to explore and try slightly more challenging books every now and then. 

Daily Reading:


It is crucial to your child’s development that they read at home at least every day. This can be independent but opportunities for your child to read to someone aloud is important, especially when we are still learning new words all the time and need some help pronouncing these! 


This year all the children in Sapling class will have a new reading record, these are slightly different to previous years as the  children only fill it in each time they finish a book as there are prompts inside to write a review. These will be checked regularly during the week by staff, to ensure that children are reading consistently and completing books within a reasonable amount of time.