We have developed this area of the website to encourage our pupils to read widely and often.
It contains links to websites at the bottom of the page that list brilliant books and awesome authors. We have also asked teachers and pupils to list some of their favourite authors and books.
At Four Marks we believe that children deserve a rich curriculum that encourages extensive reading of whole books and other kinds of texts. We believe that active encouragement of reading for pleasure is a core part of every child’s educational entitlement, whatever their background or attainment because we know that extensive reading and an exposure to a range of texts makes a huge contribution to children’s educational achievement.
We aim for all children to read for pleasure by the time they reach the end of their primary school years. Research shows that this is the single most important factor in helping to determine future academic success. We read widely and often in school, and as parents, we hope that you will read widely and often with and to your child. Even when a child can read with reasonable fluency, it is important to regularly share books with your child, and expose them to a range of literature that will broaden their horizons, and help them develop a love and thirst for reading that goes beyond the simple ability to read.
At Four Marks we aim to promote the concept of reading for ‘fun’, ‘enjoyment’ and ‘pleasure’ and we ensure that we include a range of ‘real’ books within the Curriculum for English, as well as carefully chosen books to help your child learn to read. We will also give children the opportunity for sustained reading from a range of self-chosen fiction and non-fiction texts from our school library.
Marjorie the cow is terribly excited. She's going to enter her daughter, Daisy, in the Baby Cow Contest. Daisy has been a very special cow ever since the day that she surprised everyone by hatching out of an egg! Marjorie feels sure that Daisy will win, hooves down.
But the other mothers are starting to talk... Daisy isn't quite like the other babies; she's small and feathery, and she can't even chew the cud yet. Is there something Marjorie should know?
Boggle hats are the latest thing.
Everybody at school wants one - but only Lola, expert parent-nagger, actually has one. So she decides to form a club to show the other children how best to nag their parents into buying them one.
Tactics range from the "Oh, please, please, please" Nag to the Huffy Nag and the Blazing Tantrum.
But when the children try out some of these nags, they get mixed results - and discover that the best way of all is either just to be pleasant and polite and say please, or even earn a bit of money and buy one for themselves!
Dresden, 1945. Elizabeth and Karli's mother works at the zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. Then the zoo director tells her that the dangerous animals – including the elephants – must be shot before the town is bombed. Unable to give Marlene up, their mother moves her into the back garden to save her… and then the bombs start to fall.
Their home destroyed, the whole family must flee the bombed-out city and through the perilous, snow-covered landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough to do, without an elephant in tow…
It's 1943, and Lily Tregenze lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes – lock, stock and barrel.
Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas – barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily makes friends with two young American soldiers, who promise to help her. But will she ever see her cat again? Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself…