TJS Reading Newsletter

Autumn 2022


Autumn Book Recommendations


Theme / Genre

Book Cover

What we say...


With Halloween and winter around the corner, this story would be a wonderful book to read aloud, stopping at all the exciting moments. We suggest you put on your fluffiest socks, get a warming hot chocolate and sit with a blanket wrapped around you for this one.


Readers will find delight, magic and adventure in this EPIC world of dragons and Vikings. The first in the successful series. It’s perfect for readers, who struggle to find a boy that interests them, as the action scenes are gripping and full of first-class entertainment.


This is perfect for those who are looking for books with the main character and indeed most of the characters being strong females. It’s full of adventures, thrills and mystery.


The nation's favourite footballer wants to show YOU how to achieve your dreams, in this positive and inspiring guide for life.


His worries have come to life, and it's not long before Hurt, Fail, Anger, Big and Alone have turned his world upside down. Now it's up to Sohal to work out how to keep his worries under control - and have some serious fun while he's at it! It’s sweet and very useful for opening conversations with anxious children.


A fresh and very funny story about an endearing British Bangladeshi nine-year-old called Cookie. But... The most ANNOYING boy she's ever met in her entire nine years joins her school. How will she cope?


This poetic new book brings the memories associated with World War I to a level suitable for younger children.


It’s is an unlikely tale of finding friendship in unlikely places. When Mina and her mother travel to Japan, the unfamiliar language and intriguing sights fuel her imagination. It’s an easy-to-read, with striking black, white and red illustrations.


This highly readable novel takes its title from the name of the medal that honours the Arctic Convoys during WWII. Three teenager Navy recruits are on their first mission at sea.

When faced with terrifying enemy attacks from both air and sea, will all three boys make it home again?


Whether you're already a fan of this classic children's story or a new reader, this wonderful new version is a real treat.


Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.


After watching Sir David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet II on the BBC, it’s time to wrap up warm, and discover spine-tingling true stories from our incredible planet.



We’d love to hear what you think of these stories! Fill this in and bring it back to your teacher:


Waterstones Trip


Back in March, it was World Book Day. All teachers were so impressed with the efforts all children made towards their costumes, but there were some amazing, stand-out winners. One pupil, from each class, won the opportunity to visit the book shop ‘Waterstones’. That lucky individual was then able to select ANY book, as a prize for their World Book Day efforts. A huge congratulations to the winners!



Tredworth Junior School Autumn Book Fair 


It’s BACK!

After several years of Covid-19 related disruptions, we are incredibly excited to host our annual school book fair. You can attend the book fair, which will be held in the South Hall, on any day after school. However, to keep crowds to minimum, we kindly ask if you can try a stick to these suggested dates:


Year 3 – Friday 7th October    3.15-3.45

Year 4 - Monday 10th October 3.15-3.45

Year 5 – Tuesday 11th October 3.15-3.45

Year 6 -Wednesday 12th October 3.15-3.45


The more you spend, the more our school can fill itself with FREE books.


 Autumn Reading Challenge

Your challenge is to guess the famous books titles from the emoji clues.

Return your sheets to your class teacher by Friday 7th October to be entered into a draw to win a FREE book from the School Book Fair.

Good Luck!


Emoji Clue
























































Reading Home and School Partnership


We have updated our home and school partnership document to illustrate the commitment we, school and home alike, must make towards support reading. Please read below.


It is crucial for both school and parents to actively teach their child to read. We need you to create a home environment where reading is encouraged, celebrated and seen as a pleasurable experience.

Spending just 10-15 minutes reading with your child every day will be invaluable in developing their ability and desire to read and learn.


The Importance of Reading

The importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated. Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, their wellbeing, and their mental health. It is commonly said that a child’s future academic success and job prospects are directly related to their reading proficiency, hence our strong rationale to develop a love of reading within Tredworth Junior School.

Reading is a key life skill. It is placed at the heart of our curriculum; we have carefully selected texts which will ignite child’s imagination, inspire their curiosity and provide a window to the world. By engaging with books, it allows our children to be transported to other places and worlds. We can become immersed in the lives of fictional characters, settings and plots and through insightful discussions, we can truly explore and discover the many benefits books have to offer.


High-Quality Books

We will ensure that your child has a reading book which is suitable pitched to build both confidence as a reader and fluency. This book will also foster enjoyment. Once levels of competence have developed to a high standard, child will be allowed an element of choice, whilst carefully monitored by staff, to freely choose a book. Allowing children to freely choose a book helps them to develop their identities as a reader as they learn which books and authors they like and which they do not.


Supporting your Child

  • Read at least three times a week with your child for 10-15 minutes. They can read to you, or you may choose to read to them.
  • Make reading part of a home routine e.g. straight after school or just before bed times.
  • Log your child’s reading in their Reading Record so that they can access school rewards.
  • Make teaching time pleasurable by finding a quiet, comfortable space and giving your child your full attention.
  • Ask your child simple questions as they read to check their understanding.
  • Discuss the meanings of the words they reading. This builds vocabulary and feeds imagination.
  • Use positive language and praise their efforts.
  • Engage with the school reading challenges, which are sent home on a termly basis.
  • Ask them about books and stories they are reading at school.

TJS Reading Newsletter

Summer 2022


Summer Book Recommendations


Theme / Genre

Book Cover

What we say...


To commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee year, why not discover more about Queen Elizabeth II? A colourful, charming picture book by historian Kate Williams, taking young readers on an amazing journey through Queen Elizabeth II's seven decades on the throne. 





Rick Riordan has sold an incredible 60 million copies of this book worldwide. Wow! So, what can you expect?

· Monsters

· Greek Gods

· Laughs (and terrified screams)



This is an ‘unputdownable’ Victoriana adventure. It is a set among vibrant landscapes and peopled with dynamic and unforgettable characters.



The first book in an inspiring, yet hilarious, jam-packed new adventure series starring Scooter the inventor and his top secret alien sidekick.




This is certainly a book for our more grown-up readers, but a great one too! A fast-paced, moving story about a boy who just wants an ordinary life.


Meet Arthur and his brand new friend, Mister P - the world's most helpful(ish) polar bear!

Packed with gorgeous illustrations throughout, this story has heart and humour in equal measure and is sure to be a hit with developing readers and as a great book to be read aloud.





Packed full of silly, funny, or downright hilarious poems (with a few serious ones mixed in) this brilliant collection from exciting young poet, Joshua Seigal is perfect for fans of Michael Rosen and anyone else who needs a giggle. If you like poetry, you'll like this book. And if you don't like poetry you'll LOVE it!



A children's picture book written by Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad, who retells a beautiful and powerful story about the bond shared between siblings and being proud of yourself and your beliefs. The book is a New York Times best seller.



Enter a world of Egyptian pharaohs and ancient curses. This is a glorious historical adventure with a nimble, thrilling 1920s tale, as well as a wonderful subplot set back in Ancient Egyptian times, as found in a scroll written by Tutankhamun’s best friend.



One of the all-time great classics of children's literature, this gentle story with its kindly wisdom about friendship. The novel tells the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte.


Written in first person, Wonder is about Auggie, an ordinary 10 year old boy and how he deals with bullies, losing friends, and making new ones. A truly coming-of-age story that will inspire, and have you crying with happy tears at the end.


This book brimming with first-person accounts of gripping adventures in explorers' own words. Find exciting tales complemented by rare maps, specially commissioned photographs, and artworks that re-create history's greatest expeditions. Get ready to take a leap into the unknown…



We’d love to hear what you think of these stories! Fill this in and bring it back to your teacher:


New Books!


We are very excited to announce that we have new Oxford Reading Tree Books for the children to take home and enjoy.


So, what is Oxford Read Tree?

As the UK’s most successful reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree has helped millions of children from all over the world learn to read and love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with synthetic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree‘s well-loved characters, breadth (over 800 books!), and varied writing styles give children everything they need to become confident readers.


What are Oxford Levels and Book Bands?

In UK schools, Book Bands are used across different reading schemes to indicate the reading level of each book. You will see our Oxford Levels alongside the Book Band colours on the back of each Oxford Reading Tree book. As children need a different type of support at home, we also have Read with Oxford Stages which follow the same order of progression as Oxford Levels.


How can I help my child learn to read at home with these new books?

Before reading, discuss the meaning of the focus words. These are displayed at the beginning of the books.


Use the question prompts displayed within the book to ask your child questions:



Further questions can be found at the back of the book:



This is all explained within every new Oxford Reading Tree Book



What about non-fiction?

We have a new section of books, known an infact, which are part of the Oxford Reading Tree family. These include a range of captivating subjects, which are explored in unique and child-friendly ways.










Gloucestershire Library Summer Reading Challenge





We're so excited to reveal the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge 2022!


Get ready for Gadgeteers, arriving online and in your local library this summer.


Science is all around you!


What do you love doing?  Are you a brilliant baker? Or a mega music fan?  Are you the tech wizard amongst your friends?


Join the Gadgeteers for the Summer Reading Challenge to discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around you, including some of your favourite things!

Curious? Perfect!  Your imagination can unlock endless possibilities...


We're teaming up with Science Museum Group for a very special science-themed Challenge that will inspire you to use your imagination and creativity!  


Gadgeteers will feature amazing books, awesome rewards, and plenty of ideas for cool experiments and activities to discover the science all around you. 


The Challenge will be brought to life by top children's writer and illustrator Julian Beresford.  


Are you excited to join the #Gadgeteerst this summer?  Keep an eye on their blog for all the latest Summer Reading Challenge news.