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Take One Book from Just Imagine

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What is it?

Take One Book is a literature-based, process-led approach to teaching reading. It promotes depth of understanding and covers engagement and response, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary and language study. High-quality, short texts cover fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Links are made to science and humanities to help schools integrate reading and writing in subject disciplines.

Take One Book is an affordable process-led approach to subscription resource which provides in-depth flexible planning and downloadable resources. A programme of free webinars makes the resource highly cost-effective.

The framework comprises four reading stages:

Stage 1 Hook and Orientation addresses what readers need to know before accessing a text.

Stage 2 First Encounters secures a literal understanding and provides exploratory opportunities to help readers build understanding.

Stage 3 Digging Deeper builds on pupils’ knowledge to structure new learning with explicit skills teaching and language study.

Stage 4 Review and Reflect offers opportunities to review learning, reflect on thematic content and engage in text to world discussion.

Writing opportunities run alongside the reading sessions with a series of short and longer writing tasks. Wider learning opportunities links are also made to the curriculum to make it easier for teachers to integrate reading into subject areas.

Texts are generally short to allow teachers to work with whole texts and provide time for re-reading. Teaching sequences provide between two and six weeks of work, with flexibility to select from the building blocks at each stage.

Half-termly webinars give access to expert training, which can be attended by individual teachers or used for staff training. Attend live sessions or watch the replays at a time to suit you.

Additional KS1 and KS2 reading training is offered both online and face-to-face for schools.

View four free exemplar units at Get £25 off a primary school subscription until 30 September with the discount code TPSEPT20.

Need to Know

  1. Take One Book’s research-informed process leads to deeper reading. The purpose underpinning each session is clearly articulated.

  • The resource is time-saving and affordable. You’ll receive teaching sequences, downloadable resources and six free webinars for staff development.
  • The selection of quality books is curated by reading expert Nikki Gamble, co-author of Guiding Readers at KS2 and Exploring Children’s Literature.

  • “The Take One Book approach has transformed reading in our school. The children love the books and the teaching sequences challenged and supported the children’s learning. We love it.”

    Chloe Williams
    Galleywood Infant School

    Contact 01621 855 862


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