Book List: End of day stories for a key stage 1 class

The end of the school day can be a hectic time if it's not organised properly. This is especially the case in KS1 where you'll ask: who's jumper is this? Have you remembered your water bottle? Who doesn't have their diary in their bag? I've found ending the final lesson with plenty of time to spare stops the rush where inevitably, half the class won't take home the letter you gave them. In September they do take longer to get ready for home time. They faff about chatting, slowly going from their trays to the cloakroom thinking they have all the time in the world. An easy way to stop this is getting them into an end of day story that'll make them want to pack away quickly ready to hear what happens next. Here's a list of tried and tested stories that my Year 2 class loved last year.

class books for primary school to read


The Twits - Brilliant Roald Dahl book which can also inspire plenty of writing opportunities.

The Enormous Crocodile - Again a funny Roald Dahl book that builds tension and they really want to know what the enormous crocodile will try next!

Fantastic Mr. Fox - Another big favourite in my class, they couldn't wait to find out how Mr. Fox and this family will escape the dangers from the horrible farmers.

The Faraway Tree - This Enid Blyton book and the following books in the series are a magical tale that took my class into another world. Another great book to inspire writing and role play.

The Worst Witch - I loved this Jill Murphy series when I was a child and my class agreed. They can relate to the school setting and enjoyed the crazy antics the girls got up to.

The Bolds - This tale by Julian Clary is hard to put down. I'd have children begging me to keep reading! It's about a crazy family of hyenas who don't want to be caught by their human neighbours.

Fantastic Football Poems by John Foster and Korky Paul - a collection of football poems great for the World Cup season we had and for a football-obsessed class!

Storytime Online - For those days where you're losing your voice and want them to listen to a story - try this amazing World Book Day resource. Famous authors and stars read short stories to your class for you and it's just as captivating for them.

Which stories have your classes enjoyed? Please comment below!

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