St Therese of Lisieux

St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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As well as reading being an important life skill, at St. Norbert’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that it is equally important that our pupils enjoy reading. Our intention is to provide a calming and enjoyable space for pupils to read, where they can grow to love books. Through the use of our library, we endeavour to ensure all children have access to high quality books to provide opportunities for independent learning and increasing their knowledge through literary research.

The National Curriculum states that “Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.” 

Our school library provides a range of fiction and non-fiction books for children to utilise at any time. These are available for children to read in school and can be borrowed by children to enjoy at home. There is a reference section, which includes Atlases, Bibles and Dictionaries that cannot be borrowed by the children, as they are for using in the library, or in classrooms. Similarly, there is a range of large fiction and non-fiction picture books available for use in the library or in classrooms that cannot be borrowed by the children.  

Our fiction section has recently been updated, thanks to money raised from our previous Book Fair. In addition, a vast range of large ‘WOW’ books has been purchased for the library to inspire pupils’ interest in subjects across the curriculum. 

Our library is a place where children can share their love of reading. There is plenty of space for children to sit and read for pleasure, listen to others, discuss and share books and information. Within our school library, there is a vast range of exciting book-based reading challenges available for pupils of all ages. Additionally, there are a number of reading games for pupils to enjoy with others or independently.

Recommended reading list:


Books for children to read:

Ted in the Bed - Usborne Phonics Readers

Hen’s Pens - Usborne Phonics Readers

Books for adults to read with children:

Rosie’s Walk

Farmer Duck

What the Ladybird Heard

Some good authors:

Julia Donaldson / Shirley Hughes / Nick Butterworth / Jill Murphy

Year 1

Handa’s Surprise – Eileen Browne

Mr Grumpy’s Outing – John Burningham

Six Dinner Sid – Inga Moore

One Snowy Night – Nick Butterworth

Owl Babies – Martin Waddell

Peace At Last – Jill Murphy

Year 2

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Sheep Pig – Dick King-Smith

Something Else – Kathryn Cave

Lost and Found – Oliver Jeffers

Flat Stanley – Jeff Banks

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Year 3

The Iron Man – Ted Hughes

James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

The Tunnel – Anthony Browne

Butterfly Lion – Michael Morpurgo

Bill’s New Frock – Anne Fine

Year 4

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

The Man Who Walked Between Two Towers – Mordecai Foreman

The Sad Book – Michael Rosen

Cloud Busting – Malorie Blackman

Out of the Ashes – Michael Morpurgo

Tuesday – David Weisner

Year 5

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo

Flotsam – David Weisner

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Seiznick

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

Year 6

Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian

The Water Tower – Gary Crew

Holes – Louis Sachar

The Secret Garden – Francis Burnett

The Angel of Nitshill Road – Anne Fine

 In order to support and inspire a love of reading at home, why not try one of the following websites: