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 heart-warming story about a giant who, after destroying his forest home, must learn the true value of the natural world. A modern fable, The Lonely Giant is a story of conserving the environment, friendship and freedom. The forest giant likes nothing better than smashing, bashing and pulling up trees.But when all the animals run away in fear, the giant finds himself so very sad and lonely. How he misses the crackling warmth of a fire; how he misses the sweet, melodious songs of the birds! Can the lonely giant find a way to bring back the woodland bloom, and even make some friends?
- 32 pages
- themes: environment, taking care of the natural world, conservation
- This book is included in Just Imagine's Take One Book book based planning tool, launching September 2019
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