UEL Primary PGCE 2012-13 discussion

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message 1: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Welcome, 2012-13 trainees! I look forward to reading your reviews.


message 2: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... My review of one of my favourite books: Diana Wynne Jones' Charmed Life.


message 3: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
A fantastic new picture book: Traction Man is Here ny Mini Grey http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


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Elicia L | 2 comments Hello and welcome to the class of 2012-13! This is my review of Margaret Mahy's joyous book, Bubble Trouble.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 5: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Elicia wrote: "Hello and welcome to the class of 2012-13! This is my review of Margaret Mahy's joyous book, Bubble Trouble.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."


Thanks Elicia! I'm a big fan of
The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate but I don't know that book. It looks fantastic.


message 6: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Welcome, new members! Please post reviews.


message 7: by Deb (new)

Deb | 9 comments Hello and thanks for the warm welcome. Here is a review I wrote to get started on Green Eggs and Ham which is one of my favourite children's books of all time. I am sure I am not the only one who loves Dr. Seuss?

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 8: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Deb wrote: "Hello and thanks for the warm welcome. Here is a review I wrote to get started on Green Eggs and Ham which is one of my favourite children's books of all time. I am sure I am not the only one who l..."

This is a great review, Deb! Did you know that you can read this book if you have a sight vocabulary of only 50 words (The Cat in the Hat you need 100)? It's an ideal early reader, and the rhythm and rhyme elements make it ideal to read to Nursery and Reception classes to help them identify rhyme.


message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 10 comments Hello!! Here is my review on a well known favourite The BFG... I can't wait to get started in September and look forward to reading around for the next two reviews.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 10: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Sarah wrote: "Hello!! Here is my review on a well known favourite The BFG... I can't wait to get started in September and look forward to reading around for the next two reviews.

http://www.goodreads.com/review..."


Thanks Sarah! It's a great book, one that children really respond to. If you like Roald Dahl, I recommend Andy Stanton's Mr Gum books- the word play is brilliant, and David Walliams's children's books, in particular Mr Stink or Gangster Granny.


message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 10 comments Thank you Alison, I was thinking of reviewing one of David Walliams books next, they look brilliant.


message 12: by Deb (new)

Deb | 9 comments Alison wrote: "Deb wrote: "Hello and thanks for the warm welcome. Here is a review I wrote to get started on Green Eggs and Ham which is one of my favourite children's books of all time. I am sure I am not the on..."

Ha!...you got me. I chose it to read for a girl with autism in the EYFS for that reason as part of my Montessori diploma in Early Childhood. She has limited speech and this helped to extend her vocab. Dr. Seuss would be a great to read for anybody who is doing the PGCE Early Years.


message 13: by Sarfraz (new)

Sarfraz | 5 comments My review of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 14: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Griffiths | 6 comments Hello, I'm Meghan and will be starting in September. Very excited! Here's my review on Dear Zoo, a book I stumbled over today whilst working in a nursery.


http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 15: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Great reviews, Safraz and Megham, of two great books.


message 16: by Georgina (new)

Georgina | 9 comments Evening all, this is my review of 'each peach pear plum'

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 17: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Lovely review, Georgina, with some great ideas. It's a fantastic book; I've read it to many, many children who always love spotting the characters.


message 18: by Claire (last edited Jul 10, 2012 11:56PM) (new)

Claire Russell | 27 comments Hi all. Here is my review of The Snail and the Whale - a firm favourite in my house!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10...


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Claire Russell | 27 comments One more for '006 and a Bit'

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/87...


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message 21: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Claire wrote: "Hi all. Here is my review of The Snail and the Whale - a firm favourite in my house!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10..."


Hi Claire
You need to make sure that you are linking to the review, not the book- otherwise only people who are friends with you will see your review. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... goes straight to your review.


message 22: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... and http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/.... Jane Ray is an amazing artist. If you can, I recommend getting hold of a copy of Fairy Tales. Absolutely beautiful.


message 23: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 10 comments Hi everyone,

Here is my review of You're A Bad Man, Mr Gum! by Andy Stanton. It was so good I am seriously tempted to read the whole series!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12...


message 24: by Claire (new)

Claire Russell | 27 comments Whoops, thanks Alison will make sure link properly from now on!


message 25: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Sarah wrote: "Hi everyone,

Here is my review of You're A Bad Man, Mr Gum! by Andy Stanton. It was so good I am seriously tempted to read the whole series!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12..."


Thanks for your review, Sarah. Mr Gum is a huge favourite of mine, too. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... is a link to your review, rather than to the book.


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Jamila Kamal (JamilaKamal) | 8 comments Hello everyone! here is my review to one of my favourite books 'elmer the elephant'.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 27: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 10 comments Oops sorry!


message 28: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Sarah wrote: "Oops sorry!" No problem!


message 29: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Jamila wrote: "Hello everyone! here is my review to one of my favourite books 'elmer the elephant'.

Thanks Jamila! It's a fantastic book for teaching the names of colours in the Early Years and KS1, especially to children in the early stages of learning English, and to explore the effects of colour and colour mixing.



message 30: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
My review of Malorie Blackman's Thief, a science fiction/ fantasy adventure novel for upper KS2. She's best known now for her young adult novels, like Noughts and Crosses and Boys Don't Cry (which are brilliant), but she has also written fantastic picture books, and chapter books for KS2. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 31: by Steve (new)

Steve Rogers | 3 comments Hey. Here is my review of 'Clockwork, All Wound Up' by Philip Pullman. It's a bit long, I got a little carried away.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 32: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thanks Steve, that's a great review. Have you read Pullman's The Firework Maker's Daughter? That's a great book for younger children (Y2+)?


message 33: by Raj (new)

Raj | 3 comments Hello, all. Hope I've posted the link correctly. This is my review of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 34: by Monty (new)

Monty (sparkleshoes) | 12 comments Hi everyone, nice to see you all here!

Here's a review of Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin, which is probably more suitable for the upper years of primary - but I enjoyed it so much I had to review it.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 35: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thank you, Raj and Monserrat. I've used The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a guided reading book to explore the features of fantasy genre with Y5, and children really enjoyed it. Monserrat, Coram Boy certainly isn't for the faint hearted, but it is wonderful. A visit to the Foundling Museum has extra resonance after reading it. http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/


message 36: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
A fantastic picture book for EYFS- Y1 children. I loved this! Never Say No To A Princess by Tracey Corderoy (check out her Hubble, Bubble, Granny Trouble too!) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 37: by Mary (new)

Mary | 7 comments My review of Fergus the Farmyard Dog, by Tony Maddox http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 38: by Hulaimat (new)

Hulaimat Iyabo | 11 comments Hi Everyone,

This is my review of Kipper's Toybox by Mick Inkpen.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 39: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thank you, Mary! That sounds like a great book to use to extend children's vocabulary in Early Years.


message 40: by Mohima (new)

Mohima (Mo123) | 3 comments Hi Alison, my first literature review is Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 41: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thanks Mohima! Michael Morpurgo is a great writer.


message 42: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Great to see some more new members! Welcome.


message 43: by Kawsor (new)

Kawsor Shepu | 8 comments Hello Alison! I have completed my first literature review.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 44: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Kawsor wrote: "Hello Alison! I have completed my first literature review.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."

Welcome, Kawsor! Anansi is a great character. Traditional tales are a big feature of literacy teaching, and it is good to have stories from around the world, not just from Europe.


message 45: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Alexander wrote: "http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31..." style="float: left; padding-right: 20px">The Twits by Roald Dahl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars"


This is the link to your review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 46: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Alexander wrote: "http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/77..." style="float: left; padding-right: 20px">One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars"


This is the link to your review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Two great reviews, Alexander, thank you!


message 47: by Alexander (new)

Alexander (alex66) | 9 comments I am glad you liked my reviews, it was a fun activity.


message 48: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Alexander wrote: "I am glad you liked my reviews, it was a fun activity."
Feel free to keep going!


message 49: by Alexander (new)

Alexander (alex66) | 9 comments Here is my review of "Holes", hope the link works.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... of 5 stars









message 50: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Alexander wrote: "Here is my review of "Holes", hope the link works.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... of 5 stars"


Thanks Alexander! That's a great book. Have you read There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom? A couple of trainees used it last year with Y6 to discuss issues to do with bullying and preparing children for the transition for secondary school.


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