Our school is using The Reading Realm banner

Lots of schools have been asking about a banner they can add to their website to let parents know about The Reading Realm, which is amazing! Here’s a banner you can add to your site and use! It’s 728x90px!

Draw-Along-A-Lenton: An Illustrators’ Workshop with Steven Lenton

Grab a pencil and some paper tonight and take a journey into The Reading Realm with illustrator Steven Lenton. On the way, you’ll learn all about The Nothing to See Here Hotel, written by Steven Butler and illustrated by Steven Lenton. You’ll also find out how Steven became an illustrator and read his top tips…

Reading for Pleasure Action Plan

Just a copy of an old action plan I made when I was English Leader, using Michael Rosen’s 20 point plan to encourage Reading for Pleasure! I’m certainly not claiming this as my own – think I found the template online (but can’t remember where) and just filled it with my notes and ideas. Feel…

FREE RESOURCE: Jorinda and Joringel Activities

Please find some free resources based around Jorinda and Joringel by the Brothers Grimm. This fairy tale tells the story of a shepherd boy called Jorindel who must venture into a gloomy castle to save his beloved Jorinda, who has been transformed into a nightingale by an evil fairy. These would be great for when…

What is poetry? FREE display resources for National Poetry Day, 3rd October 2019!

✨🌟Please find some free downloadable display resources, featuring lots of childen’s poets (Coral Rumble, Michael Rosen, Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson, Joshua Seigal and many more) and their thoughts on ‘What is poetry?’✨🌟 There are four different versions, depending on your preference! Do send us a photo of any displays! @reading_realm National Poetry Day Display Resources…

What is poetry?

Thank you to all the poets today we contributed to our discussion about what poetry is and why it’s so important! I will turn your ideas into some freely downloadable posters for schools, but wanted to capture some your excellent thoughts here!  “Poetry is a bit like love. Impossible to define or even describe but…

Where stories come to life: A found poem

✨🌟I had a go at creating a pantoum (a Malayan poem, made up of four-line stanzas, where the 2nd and 4th lines become the 1st and 3rd lines) using my favourite lines from books I’ve read recently. This might be a nice way to explore reader identity, track what’s being read and enjoyed and celebrate…

My Bookshelf: FREE resources

Journey into a world where stories come to life… Why not use this to record your reading choices throughout the year! A free resource for children, teachers, school librarians and LSAs to keep a record of all the books they’ve read, explored and enjoyed throughout the year! Could be stuck in the front of English…

Our Class is Reading…FREE DISPLAY!

I used to laminate something similar to this and keep it on the front of my classroom door throughout the year to get the children excited about our class book and the author, show any visitors and parents what we were reading, celebrate reading and generally raise the profile and importance of reading aloud! Feel…

The Army of Teachers

Welcome to the best job in the land – the Teachers’ Army, Where you’ll need to be, quite frankly, barmy! In charge of thirty children talking, squabbling, laughing, learning! There’s enough to make anyone think of another job! Yearning For free time, peaceful nights, the chance to skip into town and cause a stir, Without…

Things you could say to children to encourage a love of writing

I’ve been thinking about things we could say to children to encourage a love of writing. Lots of these ideas are drawn from my own experience as a teacher and as a child who loved writing, the books I’ve read and also from thinking back to when I was younger and how my teachers used…