Be a Reader


'You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.' - Dr Seuss

In Year 5, we are passionate about reading!  It can take us to far off places - real and imagined - without leaving the comfort of our surroundings.  It has the power to move and excite us, teach and challenge us; and allows us time alone and time to share!  

Here, you will find links to our current Book Study themes and texts so the passion for reading promoted at school can be supported at home.  This will be added to over time - we need to keep some secrets!

As ever, please let us know if you have any suggested additions to this page.

Spring 1: 'Immigration'


Immigration can be a subject that people can have very differing and strong views on. In year 5, we are currently reading and enjoying books which have immigration as one of the main themes they explore. 


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Starting out with the beautifully illustrated book: The Matchbox Diary written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline and moving on to The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, Year 5 are reading about two children who had very different experiences when they emigrated in two different cultural and time contexts. We will also be looking at The Arrival by Shaun Tan; a very famous illustrated book with no words.

Below are some other books the children may enjoy if they are finding this theme interesting, as well as some additional activities to have a go at:


Write a short paragraph on what you think it would feel like being an immigrant and having to join a new school in a new country with
new people. 

Get Creative

The Matchbox Diary show an alternative way to keeping a traditional diary or journal. Could you start a diary in a creative way?


The Weight of Water is a story told entirely through poetry. Could you write a poem about something that has happened in your life? 

Read Stories with Similar Themes

Are you really enjoying this theme? Why not try out one of these other books with similar themes!

  • Although they aren't about Immigration, a lot of Jaqueline Wilson's books have themes of not fitting in or feeling like an outcast like Kasienka from The Weight of Water.  
  • Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman is a book of poems which tackles bullying.  
  • Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco: the author shares the story of the quilt that her great-great-grandmother and her immigrant neighbors created in long-ago New York, which has been passed down through four generations of the author's family. Full-color illustrations 

Please let us know if you discover any books to add to this list!

Autumn 1: 'Ancient Greek Myths'

Ancient Greek myths are incredible!  Did you know, they helped the Ancient Greeks to explain the nature of the world and their origins?

The links below present a selection of some of the myths:


Read along to the story of Demeter and Persephone...


...or the story of Daedalus and Icarus...


...or, perhaps, the incredible story of Pandora's Box...


...or, maybe, the terrifying story of Perseus and Medusa...


...and there is always the exciting story of Theseus and the Minotaur.

Can you suggest any more?

Home learning suggestion: Look up myths from other cultures, with adult supervision. What is the same? What is different?

We would love to hear what you have found out!

Spring 2: 'The Eighteenth Emergency'


Coming up next... No sneaky peeks! However, if you wish to read any books with a similar theme, in preparation, then you might like to try one or more of the following:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney 

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson 

Autumn 2: 'The Indian in the Cupboard'


We have really been enjoying following the adventures of Omri and his Indian, Little Bull!  In fact, we've enjoyed it so much that we thought we would offer further opportunities to go deeper into the text.  Below are some suggested activities to do at home to support, share and celebrate this brilliant book:

Find out about the Iroquois

Little Bear was an Iroquois Indian, the son of a chief. He told Omri that he lived in a longhouse, not a teepee, and that his tribe fought on the side of the English against the French. Learn more about the Iroquois. Where did they live? Describe their lifestyle and customs. Who were their enemies? Why were they called “The Five Nations"? Find out more here, here and here.


What's in Your Cupboard?

What would you put in your cupboard?

Write a story for your own character.


Make Your Own Longhouse

“Little Bull, what will you do all day while I’m at school?”
“You bring bark of tree. Little Bull make longhouse.”
“What’s that?”
“Iroquois house. Need earth, stick posts in.”
“Earth? Posts?”
“Earth. Posts. Bark. Not forget food. Weapons. Tools. Pots. Water. Fire—”

 Chapter 5 

Follow this link to find out how you can create your own longhouse just like Little Bull.

Make a Diorama

You could make a diorama, illustrating your favourite scene or to show the cupboard in all its magical glory!  This may include your longhouse, if you have made one (as described above).  Here are two examples to inspire you:

Read Stories with Similar Themes

There are several stories with similar themes.  You might like to take a visit to your local library or search on-line for the following texts:

The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop 

The Stonewalkers by Vivien Alcock 

Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright 

The Borrowers by Mary Norton 

Can you suggest any more?