Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
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Reading Recommendations

Learning to read so we can read to learn and gain pleasure is at the heart of all areas of the curriculum. Early reading is therefore our first, foremost and central priority in school so all children are readers. Books are enjoyed and used across all curriculum areas as highly valued hooks, tools and a way of escaping in to other worlds, times, places and situations.


As a school community we use twitter to support our CPD and to share best practice. David Keyte is currently sharing his #whyilovereading newsletters which we are sharing with our children and families.

Edition 1 highlights a book of the month, author views, recent releases, ideas for the classroom and a review of a classic book: The Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac.

Edition 1 #whyilovereading

Recommendations from Year 6

After enjoying our fantastic Roald Dahl day celebrations, Isabelle brought her favourite Roald Dahl book to show everyone.

Skylar has a new favourite author, Stephanie Burgis.

These Year 3 boys are hooked on our new books celebrating the World Cup. Playing football outside and reading about it inside- they just can’t get enough!

Children in Years 5 and 6 have been hooked on the famous Alex Rider series but recently, we have discovered the series as graphic novels! We can’t put them down!

Year 4 and 5 children are really enjoying the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Kaiwan is whizzing through them!

Another big craze in Year 5 and 6 recently has been the Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. Mrs Russell even had to order some extra copies for our classroom libraries. Skylar was the first to read them and she has recommended them highly to everyone, even lending out her personal copies!

Jessica in Year 5 has started reading the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke and she is really enjoying it. She has agreed that they are much more gripping than the film and she loves how the characters in the book are as hooked on books as we are at Sandal Castle Primary School! If you like Harry Potter and other magical worlds, then this might be just up your street

Children in Years 3-5 have been diving in to Shakespeare Stories for Kids and Rania in Year 5 read the whole boxset in a week! Her favourites were: Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. Joel wasn’t keen on Macbeth but everyone in Year 5 loved A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Harvey in 6MF cannot get enough of Tom Gates, there really is no stopping him! He is devouring them each week and children in Year 5 and 6 are lending him their own copies to keep him well stocked!

Our children often review and recommend books and authors to both friends and staff!

This week, one of our Year 6 teachers has recommended a book. Mr Fox loves reading and he also really enjoys creating his own stories and illustrations. Here is his book recommendation this week:

‘My favourite children's book is Clockwork by Philip Pullman. I love how he takes the format of the traditional fairy tale and turns it on its head, where the prince (rather than the princess) is the hero. The characters are wonderfully developed in such a short book and the plot unfolds in an ingenious way. It is a perfect tale to read now that the nights are closing in and the air is getting cold! I'll never think of clocks the same way again...’

Year Three Book Recommendations

This week, Mrs Waddington visited Year Three to find out which books the children love to read and she is looking forward to spending the weekend reading some of the suggestions!

Here are some firm favourites from Year Three:

Barry Loser by Jim Smith.

Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Arthur’s Mystery Envelope by Mark Brown.

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams.

A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson.

Rainbow Bear by Michael Morpurgo.

The Twits by Roald Dahl.

Rabbit’s Bad Habits by Julian Gough.

Jack and the Beanstalk by Roald Dahl.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.

The Wolf’s Footprint by Susan Price.

Weird Animals by Miles Kelly.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

Tom Gates by Liz Pichon.

Year 6 Book Recommendations

Year 6 have recommended a wonderful range of books this week showing their rich and broad love of reading. The Harry Potter books were a huge hit; Leah prefers the Goblet of Fire. Another favourite was David Walliams: Amani loves The Boy in a Dress and Matt really enjoyed The Demon Dentist. Cameron is really enjoying a series of books about a character called Septimus Heap by Angie Sage, the first book in the series is called Magyk; if you like Harry Potter, these books are for you!
Other popular books in Year 6 include: Old School by Jeff Kinney, Daisy in Trouble with Vampires by Kes Grey, The Uncommoners by Jennifer Bell, adventure stories by Willard Price, Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Stitch Head by Guy Bass and Pig City by Louis Sachar. Of course some old favourites like The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are still really popular. Mrs Waddington can’t wait to read some of these books over the October holiday. Keep reading everybody!

Year 4 Book Recommendations

Friday 13th October 2017

This week Mrs Waddington has visited Year 4 to find out which books they love reading and she has come away with plenty of recommendations. Clearly, Year 4 children read a wide variety of books and were extremely enthusiastic and excited to talk about them. Here are some of the books Year 4 have suggested that we read:

  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.
  • The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl.
  • Horrid Henry by Franceca Simon.
  • Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone by J.K Rowling.
  • Harry potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
  • Awful Auntie by David Walliams.
  • Tom Gates Excellent Excuses by L. Pichon.
  • Esio Trot by Roald Dahl.
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl.
  • Dangerous Games by Sue Graves.
  • A range of Marvel and DC comic stories such as Spiderman and Lego Batman Part Two.

Year 2 Book Recommendations

Mrs Waddington was incredibly excited when she visited Year Two this morning because so many children had fantastic book recommendations to make. What a variety as well! In Miss Hawkin’s class, children recommended The Minecraft Guide, The BFG and a whole range of non-fiction books about the Titanic, and let us not forget The Owl Who’s Afraid of the Dark and Hairy Maclary! Children in Mrs Wolf’s class could not wait to tell me about their favourite class book; Eat Your Peas, which is all about a child who does not like to eat vegetables. They particularly love this book because of the repetition; they nearly know it off by heart! Finally, the children in Mrs Sinclair’s class are thoroughly enjoying reading The Twits because the characters are very funny. Keep reading Year Two, your enthusiasm for reading today was marvellous!