Looking back over my career one of my main aims has always been to engender a love for reading. Nothing is more powerful in Education than witnessing a child reading a book for the very first time.
As a teacher I have made books the heartbeat of every theme. It was central to the timetable. The book became the highlight, bringing a book alive was always a thrill. It is undoubtedly the strongest tool in our box for developing literacy. Many books were excellent for many different reasons. One book that might not be well known outside of Wales is ‘Griffin’s Castle’ written by Jenny Nimmo. It describes the stone animals carved on the walls of Cardiff Castle coming alive. It was brilliant for many different reasons but primarily for the opportunities to develop creative writing in a number of genres.
‘James and the Giant Peach’ by Roald Dahl…
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