Welcome to Lake of Long Ago…, one of 20 exciting themes featured in The Reading Journey App.
Each pack consists of 3 copies of 10 carefully selected titles, designed to support independent reading and to encourage reading for pleasure and wider reading. The multiple packs are designed to encourage peer to peer discussion, Single copy packs are also available.
Packs are curated to include a selection of accessible, challenging books, with the core matching the expected range.
Please note the themed packs are a selection of books from the core Reading Journey packs.
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The Lake of Long Ago provides children with a range of texts that explore different periods in history. There is a variety of historic events and periods represented in the selection. For example,Dan Smith’s She Wolf is a thrilling Viking Adventure, Judith Eagle’s The Secret Starling is set in the 1970s and Patrice Lawrence is a Tudor story from the Voices series, celebrating stories of diversity in history.
Some features of this selection:
- Looks at range of time periods –Tudor (Diver’s Daughter)
- Either set in one period or spanning across (My Place)
- Fiction and Nonfiction provides opportunities for readers with different reading preferences to delve into the past.
The way new books are introduced into the class book corner or library can make a huge difference to children’s interest and engagement. For each of our themes, we have asked class teachers to introduce the books and then make some suggestions for ways of presenting them to the class.
To spark children’s curiosity in this collection you could draw on the differences between the different time periods.
When children are reading different books it can still be beneficial to have book conversations which make connections across a range of reading material. Here are some suggestions for talk about books that link by focussing in one way or another on the past.