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In Foundation Stage we love to share stories. In the documents below you can see the guided reading texts and Favourite Five texts we are reading this term.

For guided reading, we pick one text a week to share and discuss. This term we are focussing on listening to a story and beginning to retrieve details from the pictures in the books.

For our Favourite Five texts, we pick one text a day that we listen to. We rotate between the books each day. There are lots of opportunities for us to join in with the story and help to read and retell it using the vocabulary from the book.


Have you got any of these books at home? What stories do you share with family members at home? Can you retell any stories using the vocabulary from the book?

Listen to Nick Sharratt read Shark in the Park

Reading at Home


At River, our books are organised into coloured book bands and include books from a wide range of schemes.

We encourage children to become independent in their book choices and develop a love for reading. With this in mind, they may bring home a book they have previously read. This could be because they have enjoyed it or simply forgotten they have had it before! It is good practise for children to re-read books to build up their fluency and understanding.

In terms 1 and 2, children will have the opportunity to change their books on a Monday, Wednesday and     Friday.

From term 3, children will be able to change their book everyday, should they wish to.

We encourage children to read to an adult or older sibling, at home everyday. Please write in their reading record and adults will respond where needed should you have any reading related questions.

Your child will sometimes have the opportunity to read to an adult in school and so it is essential they bring their book and reading record daily.


Once Upon a Time


This term our topic is Once Upon a Time. This project supports children to develop a love of stories and reading. It encourages children to learn, retell and act out familiar and traditional tales including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.


You can share different fairy tale stories at home. Below is a link to videos of different fairy tales.

Writing Ideas