Group readers

Group Readers for Lower Key Stage 2

Group Readers are short, illustrated A5 books designed to be read with 3 to 6 children working as a group. They can be used as extended texts alongside any phonics scheme or simply as a story to read in the classroom. Most have black and white illustrations that could potentially be coloured in by the children. 

These books are superb for the group reading sessions required as part of the weekly teaching of reading and have been built in to the Hamilton weekly plans for each year group. They are matched to the stages of learning phonics, from basic (linked to Code-Breakers Books 1 or 2) to more advanced (linked to Code-Breakers Book 4), although they can be used outside these ranges if required. 

In order to facilitate opportunities for children to follow the text in their own copies of the books, Group Readers are available to purchase cheaply at cost from Hamilton Education.

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Diary of a Lively Labrador

Diary of a lively Labrador, by Ruth Merttens, uses the recount form of a traditional diary to tell the story of a Labrador who enlists an unlikely accomplice to help him get back into his mistress’s good books after a prolonged period of bad behaviour. The narrative is lively and humorous and children of 7 and over who are not necessarily wholly confident readers will find it easily accessible.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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The Christmas Story

The Christmas story, by Ruth Merttens, provides a version of the traditional biblical story of Christmas but told through the medium of letters.  The beautiful colour illustrations add to its appeal, and children can be motivated to write their own letters in response.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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The Old Man and the Magic Bowl

The Old Man and the Magic Bowl is a traditional tale from India. In this fascinating story, read how the goddess Parvati helps a poor family and punishes a wicked king. This text is suitable for more children who have begun to confidently read independently, or earlier readers with support.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education

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The Pobble who has no toes

The Pobble who has no toes. This is a beautifully illustrated version of the famous poem by Edward Lear.  The way that the text is broken up into sub-verses enables children to read it with little difficulty and there is a matching sound file to support them. 

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.