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Discussion in 'Primary' started by Yahtzee21, Oct 28, 2015.
I want to start reading a class novel with my year 6s... Anybody have any recommendations?
Too many suggestions. So how to narrow it down?
How many weeks/lessons can you give to the novel? Are you just going to read it to them, or really study it, trying to incorporate some of your grammar objectives into it?
How able at reading are your class?
Then maybe we can suggest some suitable choices?
Agree with Lara. Suggestions I can offer are numerous. Is the novel to be linked to any specific area of study?
We are learning about Ancient Greece however I wasn't necessarily planning to link to a topic or a theme. Maybe could do some reading lessons on it but really I just wanted something that will engage them. Something to encourage a love for reading and a five minute escapism session every day away from anything SATs related (this sounds very cynical I know!) Obviously something "well written" with ambitious vocab in it etc wouldn't hurt.
Any inspirations would be welcome
Ability-wise: most of them are reading at or above an old 4c (with a few exceptions)
Percy Jackson would link well with the Greeks.
Look at the book trust site. They have a section on must read books for different age ranges. Lots of good discussions to be had.
Ask some of the more reluctant readers which books they would like to be able to read. Some of the most reluctant readers would love to have the 'in books' read to them because then they can join in chatter with their more avid reader friends.
To engage your class, you need a book that you love and can be enthusiastic about. I tried to read Michael Morpurgo's When the Whales Came to a year 5/6 class once. (It was quite an 'in book' at the time with worthy teachers. After about 5 chapters I had to give it up because it bored me rigid. Several children finished it themselves, but I still feel a bit guilty about those I put off. It would have been better not to start. Use half term to go to a bookshop and find one you like the look of.
... or a library - rather cheaper, and in our county you can borrow a dozen books at a time.
Good points there caterpillartobutterfly. Years ago I tried reading 'Watership Down' to a year 6 class. It's a beautiful story but just very difficult to read aloud as the story moves quite slowly.
If you want to get them really enthusiastic about a book, try 'Granny' by Anthony Horowitz. My class were actually asking if it was 'time for the novel yet'!!!!!
Agree completely - we've just finished it - they loved it (and so do I!)
Pie Corbett has produced a reading spine for Y1 - Y6. There are also free resources about how to use different books, including novels, in the classroom. I have attached the link below.
They have nursery and reception as well.
A useful start I think..can discuss and add to it.
Here are some excellent books for Year 6 ( and 5).