This is a page to blether (chat) with the Teachers’ Reading Challenge community. We invite you to share reading experiences and great reads to inspire others.
Here you can leave messages, reply and like!
How do I downloade my certiif8cates?.
Once you have reached your Challenge goal your certificate will be available on your profile or if you download the reading diary (also available on your profile) you will find a code at the back of the diary – you can add this code to your profile to activate your certificate – head to the Badges section of your profile and follow the instructions.
Thank you thank you for setting this up. I shall be recommending it to al my colleagues
Just wondering if anyone knows where reviews go when they have been written for books that have had to be added to the system please. I have written two for recently published books but can’t find them anywhere.
We have had over 300 reviews added today so unable to get them all on here but you can find your own reviews by either going here … https://teachersreadingchallenge.org.uk/profile/reviews
Or go to your profile and then click on the Add a Book button this will take you to a page where you will see a pink menu below the navigation bar – you will see it says My Reviews, My Wishlist etc.
Sorry, I should have been more specific in my original message. I am able to see my reviews of books which were in your system but am unable to see two which were of newly published books which I had to input the titles of myself. Will these become available at some point too? No rush, of course, I was just wondering if they had been logged somewhere. Was thinking about putting shorter reviews on a sticky note for pupils at school and was going to refer to them. :-)
Apologies for the delay getting back to you – this is something we are working hard on with our web designers and hope to find a solution for very shortly. In the meantime please feel free to copy and paste reviews to this message board for you and others to see and respond to! – Zoe, TRC Team
We have located the reviews that have been going missing when assigning to a book that is not in the database. We apologise for the delay but we are thrilled that we have found them!
Please send firstname.lastname@example.org an email with your full name and username and we will send the reviews directly to you.
Unfortunately we are unable to get these reviews to automatically link to your profile but we are working on this for next year.
A fab recommendation for Y3 and Y4 here – thanks reviewer!
The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley
‘This is a brilliant book, bringing Stone Age and modern times together as a distraught Charlie disappears back in time to the forest as it was several thousand years ago, meeting Harby and trying to work together to find a way back. Very emotive writing with lots to think about. Great read for Y4 onwards or as a read-aloud to share with Y3.’
thank you – I am just starting it for my first book – so far it reminds me of Skellig where the character has a sick sibling and is escaping. I am really enjoying it so far.
We invite you to add a book, then leave a rating and a review (you will be instructed to do this once your completed book has been added). This book will then be logged against your reading goal. You will be able to access your reviews through your personal profile at any time. By adding books and reaching your goal, your completers badge and certificate will be activated! You can also copy your review into your downloadable diary if you wish.
If you decide to log a book and leave a review you can also copy your review into the blether/message board. This way you can read each other’s reviews and comment, starting interesting discussions with the Teachers’ Reading Challenge community.
The audience for your review is either:
A) other teachers
B) children (for the relevant age group) so you can share it in school
This review is really useful as they give an indication of the appropriate age range as well as a good explanation of the concept which sounds really interesting. Thank you reviewer!
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
‘Set in ‘New World’, Ness presents a life that is very different. After a terrible disease, every man’s thoughts can be heard. Never being able to escape ‘Noise’, Tom and his dog go into the swamp for a walk where they stumble across a spot of silence…and now they’re on the run. I thoroughly enjoyed this concept. Ness writes from the perspective of a young boy whose literacy is under-developed making the novel stylistically interesting. The action starts quickly and I couldn’t put it down. A story of friendship, courage and resilience, and the start of a great series. I’d recommend this book to mature Year 7+.’
I agree, thoroughly enjoyed this book and think it will make a fab addition to an UKS2 bookshelf. I believe it will become an important part of many children’s (and adults) reading journeys
Can anyone else recommend books that support the development of science vocabulary?
Here is a review for Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell and Paddy Donnelly:
‘Our 3 heroes are unwittingly blasted into adventure at the start of this exciting and intriguing read. They need to have all their wits about them to problem-solve their way back to reality as they navigate the realms of the Wonderscape, meeting inspirational historical figures among the way. Great for science vocabulary, this book was an engaging and enjoyable read.’
Thanks to the awesome teacher who left this review!
For science based books, I would definitely recommend anything written by Christopher Edge – really enjoyable and also think about Simon Mayo’s Itch series.
Totally agree, have just finished reading The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. An easy to read book but has mind-boggling explanations of quantum physics that any science loving child will love!
Quite a few graphic novels feature scientist characters and there’s quite a bit of subject specific vocabulary there – what age group are you looking for?
Yes! For Science Vocabulary, there are some very good ones in the 20 Non-fiction books list I wrote (on this site in the ‘Find a Book section’). I’d also recommend the ‘Academy’ series from Ivy Kids (Astronaut Academy, Vet Academy, Scientist Academy) too. They’re great fun and very original. I’ll keep thinking!
This definitely sounds like one we must read!!
A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
‘This is a must have read for anyone working in schools, cleverly written from the point of view of an autistic girl. The story is not about being autistic – it is a story of a young girl’s wish to make a change and for people to reflect on the wrongs of the past. Addie learns about the Witch Trials at school and how the area where she lives, Edinburgh, was infamous for these. Addie feels that these were unfair, people were basically put on trial for being ‘different’ and so she sets about getting a memorial built as a way of an apology. It shows how through perseverance we can all make a change and is a story of courage and friendship.
The story includes her family, she is a twin – her twin is not autistic, but she does have an older sister who is also autistic and how the sibling relationships work. The characters are well written and you feel that you get to know them. There is a very unkind teacher – let’s hope none of us know anyone like this, a very kind teacher and a mixture of other characters. I was drawn to Addie and particularly like the way she described the world from her viewpoint, explaining that sauce on bolognese made it feel as if her tongue was drowning.
I would highly recommend this book and will definitely be adding it to my class read pile for the coming year.’