The books selected for guided reading in Key Stage One are intended to develop deeper understanding of text. Our selection is not driven by phonic decodability (our book banded selections are) and these are not books we would necessarily expect children to be able to read independently. There are different ways of approaching guided reading in Key Stage One and it is important to keep the reading needs of the children at the front of your mind when planning. These are books that can be used with the majority of children but using different approaches, e.g. reading aloud to the group, or paired reading, mixed ability groups. We have indicated where a book is more challenging which will help you select texts to use with groups of children working at Greater Depth. Accessible texts may be more suitable for children who may not be working at the expected level for their age.
A startlingly original picture book about a little girl who creates a garden on a disused car park rooftop Funni loves the old, disused car park, and spends a lot of time there flying her kite and playing her recorder. But something is missing. Definitely.So Funni decides to create a garden in the neglected space and after weeks of careful nurture, her garden in the sky takes shape. One day, a little boy, Zoo, spots the square of colour amongst the grey from an incoming flight, and decides to try to find it. And slowly, not only do Funni's flowers bloom, but a very special friendship blossoms too. Beautifully illustrated in line and watercolour by up-and-coming talent, Fiona Lumbers, this is a poignant and memorable story from award-winning author, Linda Sarah.
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