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Our book for the Autumn 1st half term is:


By Arree Chung

What this book is about

Mixed leads on writing a set of rules to segregate, the colours; The Reds, The Yellows and The Blues, construct physical walls and fences to separate themselves. When two different colours fall in love, their example serves as a force to alter perceptions.  This books is a lovely reminder that we come in all shapes, sizes and colours.  It can be used to reflect on the past and how we can strive to ensure that our world today is as inclusive as possible.

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Our book for the Autumn 2nd half term is:

Kenny lives with Erica and Martina

By Olly Pike

What this book is about

Kenny Lives with Erica and Martina is a book that focuses on how families are different.  The story is about a family who are literally made into outsiders when a wall is built to block them from the street. The ending is thought provoking and enables a class to ask questions about discrimination and form responses.

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Our book for the Spring 1st half term is:

The Girls

By Lauren Ace and Jenny Loulie

What this book is about

The Girls is a fantastic book to provide a really positive focus on representation of gender, and also to provide a stimulus for discussing friendship and recognising the importance of companionship. Throughout the story, the four girls have many different challenges and events, which they do together and alone.  However the recognise that “they were as different as they were the same”.  Within the story, there are subtle references and opportunities for discussion around mental health, religious belief, gender stereotyping and LGBTQ+.

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Our book for the Spring 2nd half term is:

How to Heal a Broken Wing

By Bob Graham

What this book is about

How to Heal a Broken Wing is an Amnesty International-endorsed book that shows a boy choosing to help a fallen bird; he is the only one to stop and help. We see the concept of choosing to be (or not to be) a bystander.  The book states that ‘everyone has the right to experience justice, fairness, freedom and truth’. When reading this book, the children will have time to think about what the bird might represent; who else watches when they could help others?  Pupils will also think about the work of Amnesty International and how they support freedom of speech around the world.

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