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Fancy a challenge this summer? Then why not try the Summer Reading Challenge?


The Summer Reading Challenge starts on 10th July,
and is a very special nature-themed Challenge that will inspire you to stand up for the planet!


Join the challenge at your local library
Read 6 books over the summer and receive a certificate and a medal.
Every time you read 2 books you will receive a reward

Borrow books, eBooks or Audiobooks from your local library or read or listen to your own books

If you are not already a library member, you can for free.





Summer Reading Challenge

Do you have under 5's at home?  If so why not try this Oscar’s Book Prize 2021 winner announced: The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley


The Littlest Yak (Simon & Schuster Ltd ), a joyous, rhyming caper that teaches little ones to celebrate their own unique talents, follows the journey of Gertie, the littlest yak in the whole herd. Feeling like she’s stuck in her smallness, bursting to grow up big and tall, Gertie soon learns there are things only she can do, and her smallness can do something big after all. This is a heart-warming and uplifting story from fledgling author, Lu Fraser and much-loved illustrator, Kate Hindley.


Lu Fraser is an exciting new voice in children’s books. Based in Hampshire where she lives with her husband and daughter, Fraser draws on everyday inspiration for her stories. Writing from a small shed in her garden, she revealed that the character of Gertie came to life as she spent time with her daughter.


The award celebrates the best in storytelling for under-fives, supported by our charity and Amazon and comes at a time where encouraging children to read is more important than ever. Our research found that a third of adults have been reading with their children aged 0-5 more since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, affirming the important work by early-year authors to educate, inspire and spark joy.

Want to be a better reader? Watch the television with subtitles on!


Good news... watching television could help your reading skills!

Studies have shown that watching your favourite TV show with the subtitles on might double your chance of becoming a good reader!

With many of you having to spend more time at home recently, TV viewing levels have increased.

But a new campaign called "Turn On The Subtitles" suggests you can get more our of watching your favourite shows if you do just that - turn the subtitles on!

Some photographs from World Book Day 2021

World Book Day is on Thursday 4th March 2021.


As we won't be able to celebrate in our usual way, we will be doing things differently.  On Thursday afternoon, your child will be invited to take part in a range of different reading based activities.  It would be fantastic if you could take photographs of the things that your child has been making and send them into your teacher so that we can share them on the school website. 


You will have already received you £1 electronic voucher which can be spent in a range of shops, so please remember to spend it as there are some fantastic books available this year.

22nd February 2021 - Step into a magical world with Dominique Valente as the National Oak Academy's author of the week. 

This week, you can get lost in the world of Starfell! Listen to an audiobook of the first in the series, Willow Moss and the Lost Day and watch an exclusive video with the author to find out more about the books and her best writing advice. You can also discover Dominique's favourite children's stories and read a Q&A about books and reading.

11.2.21 - This week's author of the week is Konnie Huq, a former presenter of Blue Peter - sharing her book Cookie and the most annoying boy in the world!

Listen to Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World


Cookie thinks her life is over because her best friend is moving to Solihull. She begs her parents for a pet to fill the void and sets her heart on the cutest kitten in the pet shop, Bluey. But then the most ANNOYING boy she's ever met in her entire nine years buys Bluey and renames her Nigel! And then he joins her year at school! If that wasn't bad enough, he then moves in next door to her. AAAAGGGGHHHHH!

But it's not all bad. Cookie gets the chance to go on her favourite TV show, Brainbusters. It's only a chance though - she'll have to win the school science competition first, which shouldn't be too hard. All she has to do is keep her head down, but unfortunately that's not Cookie's strong point...

This weeks National Oak Academy author of the week is Sally Gardner

Read Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon completely free, watch an exclusive video with the author Sally Gardner to hear and discover her favourite books!

Sally Gardener - author of the week.

National Oak Academy -  author of the week is Nizrana Farook!


You can read or listen to The Girl Who Stole an Elephant completely FREE, watch an exclusive video about Nizrana's new book, The Boy Who Met a Whale, discover her top three children's books and read an interview all about reading.


Listen to The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

If you prefer, you can listen to the story as an audiobook below. Every weekday until Friday 29 January 2021, we will be adding new parts to the story, which will be available to listen to until next Friday 5 February 2021.


Just click onto the link below and download the different chapters of the story.

How you can help your child with their reading comprehension (understanding what they have read)

Reading comprehension is what determines if your child truly understands (and enjoys) what they’re reading and learning. One simple way to promote reading comprehension: Get your child talking about the books they read at home!

You don’t have to wait until they’re reading independently to do so. In fact, read-alouds also set a strong foundation for reading comprehension and plenty of opportunities for discussion.

“We can read to children at much higher levels than they may be able to read on their own,” says Pam Allyn, a literacy expert and Senior Vice President of Innovation & Development at Scholastic Education. “The read-aloud provides a scaffold to talk about theme, character, plot, and setting."


1. Discuss: Don’t just read the story or comment on it — talk about it together! “It’s helpful to encourage conversation, because it helps readers deepen their understanding of the text,” says Allyn. Express your own thoughts as you’re reading and find out what your child thinks about the story, too.

2. Ask questions: Try to make them open-ended, rather than yes-or-no questions. For instance, you can ask your child what they’re wondering about at the moment, what they would do if they were in a certain character's shoes, or how a character might act differently if they lived in your town. Here are more great story time questions.

3. Reflect: At the end of the story, think about what you’ve read together. “I might say, ‘Reflect on your favorite page and why that feels important to you now that you’ve heard the whole story,’” says Allyn.

Following these tips will make a big difference in how your child thinks about and understands a book.

“Strategies like these help enormously with reading comprehension because they invite kids to contribute their own unique ideas to a conversation, reinforcing how much their thoughts count,” says Allyn. 

Fancy listening to a children's author?

Every week the Oak National Academy will have a different famous children's author.


This weeks virtual school library author is the writer of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson!  She will be talking about why she loves writing children's books.


You can also read The story of Tracy Beaker for free on this page.

Just visit

World read aloud day is on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.


Why not join in the fun at


Reading at Earl Spencer - October 2020


In order to allow children to read at home, we have bought  Oxford Owl online readers, which is accessible on most devices . Every child has been given log in details in order to access the books that are appropriate to their level.  It doesn't matter if your child re-reads the book several times, as that develops the skill of fluency. The most important thing is that your child is reading every day, for at least 10 minutes.


Below you will see how you need to log in.


If you have any problems please contact your teacher, who will be able to provide further help.


How to access the books:


Type in in the search bar.


At the top of the page there is a symbol that says my class log in.  You need to click on this and add in the details that your class teacher has given you.


You can then choose the books that you want to read.





Reading with your child


Reading is probably the most important skill that your child will learn in primary school. It opens up a whole new world of learning and imagination. The more you help your child at home, the easier they will find it to develop this vital skill.

Here some pointers on the best ways to support and encourage your child as they learn to read. 


  • Reading bedtime stories and enjoying books together.
  • Point out words as you are out and about, road signs, shop fronts, posters, price labels and packaging.
  • Share a book. Re-read your favourite book night after night.
  • Let your child see you reading a book, magazines and newspapers.
  • Choose a time when you are both relaxed somewhere quiet.


Look at the cover together and talk about the book. What do you think this book is about? Have you read one like this before?

Find clues in the pictures as to the meaning of the words.

You could give them the first sound to help them or read the word for them if that helps the flow!

Let your child guess if they are nearly right or it makes sense let them go on with the story!

Ask your child to tell you about the book they have just read. What do you think is going to happen next?

Draw a picture about your favourite part of the book. Is it the setting or the character?

Is your book fiction or non-fiction? What have you learnt? Make a model about your book.

Have you read another book by this author? Why?


Make time for reading!

Make it fun!

Time together!

Praise your child for getting it right!


Reading is important so have a look at some of the new books and see if one of them interests you.


Try reading in a different place at home, in the garden, why not read to an older or younger sibling?