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Reading for Pleasure

We are reading .......                       


What do you think will happen in this story?

What do you think the caterpillar will eat?


The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children's picture book designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle, along side this book we shall continue to read different stories by this same author.

This story is going to help introduce the children to the life cycle of a butterfly.



Can you name any other story books by Eric Carle?



We are reading ......


Is this a fiction book or a non-fiction book? How do you know?


Aliens love underpants, in every shape and size! First published in 2007, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort’s tale of knicker-snatching aliens has been really enjoyed by all of the children. They have been making their own alien, retelling the story and describing their aliens.




Ask you child:

What happened in the beginning of the story?

Which alien do they like the best? Why?

What should they all do before they get dressed in the morning?

Where did the aliens come from?




We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Our first book we are reading this term is .....



What do you think this story is going to be about?

Where is the story set?


Michael Rosen (born 1946) is an English children's novelist, poet and the author of 140 books. He grew up in London and often appears on radio and gives talks and lectures on children's literature. Helen Gillian Oxenbury (born 1938) is an English illustrator and writer of children's picture books. She lives in North London.



At the end of the story the family discover a bear! Where did they find the bear? What do you know about bears? What would you like to find out about bears?


We are changing the story so that we are hunting for a 'Polar Bear' in a frozen river, sludgy snow and a cold, frosty forest. Ask your child to show you the actions! This will be linked to our understanding of the world, where we shall be looking at ice and how animals keep warm in the cold weather.


If you read this story with your child think of the following Viper questions.  

1. What does the word stumble mean?

2. What do you think will happen next?

3. Who is your favourite character? Why?

4. Where did they find the bear?

5. How did the children feel when they saw the bear?


We have already begun to retell the story during choosing time and the children are really enjoying looking at the book and using the toys to help them tell the story to their friends.