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Summer 2

Our class reader for this half term is The Sheep Pig by Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith was a soldier, a farmer, a primary school teacher and also, a best-selling children’s author. 

He was born in Gloucestershire in 1922 and died in 2011, aged 88.

He wrote many books for children. His 1st book, The Fox Busters, was written in the school holidays in 1976 when he was a primary school teacher. He wrote around 130 books, which have been translated into many languages and have sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

Many people know Dick King-Smith for the story of The Sheep Pig which was made into the film 'Babe' in 1995. 

Dick King-Smith and The Sheep-Pig won the 1984Guardian Children's Fiction Prize,  a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children writers.

He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2010 for his services to children's literature. 

Other Dick King Smith books that you might want to read are: 

Summer 1

Our class reader this half term is 'I Was There (Tutankhamun's Tomb) by Sue Reid.


Sue Reid is a historical author who loves writing about the past. When she's not researching or writing books, she enjoys going for long walks in the countryside, reading, and singing in two choirs. She also plays treble and bass recorders in a recorder group. 

Spring Term

Our new class reader for this term is The Iron Man by Ted Hughes



Ted Hughes is one of the greatest poets and writers of the twentieth century. He was born in Yorkshire in 1930, and was Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998. In 1974 Hughes was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

He wrote many stories for both adults and children, including The Iron Man, The Iron Woman and How the Whale Became. 

The Iron Man is one of Mrs Lowe's and Mrs Eadon's favourite books. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. 



Autumn 2

Our class reader for this half term is Hansel and Gretel by Anthony Browne.




Anthony Browne was born in Sheffield in 1946, and grew up in Yorkshire. He studied  at Leeds College of Art and first worked as an illustrator for medical textbooks, then as a greeting card designer.  His popular book, Gorilla (1983) started out as a picture designed for a birthday card. It won a Kate Greenaway Medal and a Kurt Maschler Award in 1983.

In 2000 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award for services to children's literature, and from 2009 to 2011 he was Children's Laureate. His 2014 book, Willy's Stories, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016.

We enjoy reading the Anthony Browne books we have in class and are looking forward to studying Hansel and Gretel 








A Walk in the Park was Anthony Browne's first book. It was published in 1977. 

Autumn Term Year 3

Our class reader for the 1st half of the Autumn term is 'Stone Age Tales' by Terry Deary.


From the bestselling author of Horrible Histories, named 'the outstanding children's non-fiction author of the 20th century' by Books For Keeps.

A fast paced historical adventure based on real historical and archaeological evidence. 

Terry Deary is well know for writing the amazing 'Horrible Histories' series of books which are loved by children all around the world. His books are based on historical evidence and research which makes the children's learning come to life.