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Bartley C of E Junior School

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.

Autumn 1: 'George's Secret Key to The Universe'


Space is amazing... so amazing that we've not only decided to focus on it in Science but also in our Reading and English lessons too!  

The book we are reading this half term is 'George's Secret Key to the Universe' written by Lucy and Stephen Hawking.  That's right, 'the' Stephen Hawking.

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George is a very ordinary boy, but the arrival of new next-door neighbours changes everything!  We will be following George as he travels through space on an exciting and dangerous adventure.


Home learning suggestion:

Write a report: Cosmos is able to produce a window to the universe in Eric and Annie’s living room. If you could have Cosmos create this for you, what would you want the window to show?  What would you be able to see? Write a report on your ‘observations’.

Research: Look into star constellations and their myths and legends. Create your own constellation and write the accompanying myth. Think about how you might display both your constellation and its tale. 

Make: You could tell your tale accompanied by a constellation star jar.  You can find instructions on how to make one here.

Read Stories with Similar Themes

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

  • 'Fortunately The Milk' by Neil Gaiman
  • 'The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket' by John Byne
  • 'The Voyage of Mae Jemison' by Susan Canizares
  • 'Baby Brains' by Simon James
  • 'Zoo in the Sky' by Jacqueline Mitton
  • 'Man on the Moon ( A Day in the life of Bob)' by Simon Bartram
  • 'Black Holes and Uncle Albert' by Russell Stannard
  • 'Q Pootle 5' by Nick Butterworth
  • 'The Adventures of TinTin Explorers on the Moon' by Herge

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

Autumn 2: '?'


It's a secret! But, don't worry; we'll tell you soon!