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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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