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More Book-related Goodies!



  1. Printable activity pack from the British Library. Includes cut-out-and-keep masks, fairy tale mashups, foldable boats, comic strips and imaginary maps and aimed at children without access to screens.


     2. Basil Brush reads a delightful half-hour-long story that will help children talk about feeling sad.


     3. Gorgeous short video of the book ‘While We Can’t Hug’, a story about two friends who have to find ways to show each other how much they care. (The words to this story are printed rather than spoken, so an adult may need to supply the text here.)

Useful information from Shropshire and Telford Mental Health Support Team, part of BeeU.

Fantastic free books and reading resources!


1. Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and David Litchfield is an uplifting story of hope, perfect for anxious small children who need a ray of joy in their bedtime stories and can be downloaded FREE here:


2. Head over to Jane Porter's video channel to see her read from her delightful story, The Boy Who Loved Everyone. It’s a story that might help children who are returning to school and aren’t sure about how to greet their friends.


3. This is gorgeous! A performance for the three stories We Found a Hat, I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen.   


4. Not Now Bernard by David McKee celebrating its 40th anniversary. Here’s the story on video:


5. How Reading Has Helped Children in Lockdown

New survey from The Reading Agency reveals children's top reading choices and who influences them. The survey found:

  • 89% of children have been reading in some form during lockdown.
  • 68% of boys and 70% of girls surveyed reported a love of reading
  • The majority of children look to digital influencers for reading inspiration, with 45% of children turning to YouTube and 28% to social media for ideas, and almost one-third (31%) following the advice of friends. Traditional media was also a popular source, with 27% getting ideas from seeing books on TV and 18% from hearing about them on the radio.
  • 3 in 5 children (61%) surveyed chose to read chapter books during lockdown, with comics a close second at 40%.
  • Reading has helped 40% of children relax and made over a third (35%) happy, with almost a fifth (17%) talking to friends about books as a way of staying connected and a quarter (26%) saying characters in books have made them laugh during lockdown.  You can read more from the survey here:


6. ‘No reader is too young to start’: anti-racist books for all children and teens.

If you’ve been wanting to talk to your child about the Black Lives Matter movement and issues to do with race, books can be a great starting point. Reading isn’t the only answer, but it’s a beginning. Here are a few suggestions:


7. Local library news!

Jacqueline Wilson is calling on children to sign up online for the Summer Reading Challenge. Encouraging children aged four to 11 to read during the long break, this year the focus is on funny books, and getting children to read whatever makes them happy.


E2E Summer Computer Club - Years 3 to 6

Art competition, don’t miss out!

Our children love Mrs Hedley’s calm box. Have a go at making one for yourself.

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Follow Mrs Hedley’s steps

Have a go at some footpath art, follow these simple steps.

Easter fun ideas and a bit of a challenge for those of you who like to chart progress

Have a look at some of the activities suggested  for children under 11, there is something for everyone. 


Activities for under 11’s


[]Cosmic kids – Themed Yoga sessions available via YouTube to help keep the children active. Examples include Frozen, animals and Moana.


RedTed Art – Craft ideas, printable templates and easy activities to do at home using basic materials.


NatGeoKids - Quizzes, activities and learning resources for younger children on topics from animals to the Ancient Greeks.


ToyTheater – Educational online games for primary school ages on a range of subjects, available on computer, tablet and mobile.


OxfordOwl – Free ebooks, activities, videos and activities for ages 3-11.