Collins Big Cat is the published reading scheme we use at St Patrick's for reading in EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Collins Big Cat offers over 700 titles – 50% fiction and 50% non-fiction – to help improve every child's reading ability. 263 titles from this award-winning range are available as e-books on Collins Connect. There are additional apps available for the scheme too.
Access 330+ free KS1 ebooks from our primary reading programme
Go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter:
and click Login.
If the link above does not work, go to: at https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/Portal.aspx
Covid-19 Update: To ensure the safety of all of our pupils, we will not be sending books home for the first term back. Until further notice, we will be using the online library. Further details will be sent home in the newsletter.
Note: We do not use Collins Big Cat for phonics, we use Read Write Inc. More information about the scheme will be sent home with the children.
For further videos and information on teaching the phonics sounds at home, please see: https://www.st-patricks.waltham.sch.uk/teaching-phonics-at-home/
Collins Big Cat books helps to support our initiative in bringing wider representation to the literature we bring to our students and your children. We promote this initiative by ensuring the texts we provide offer a diverse range of central characters, published by those who support authors from all backgrounds.
According to Collins, they aim to, 'give visibility and representation to everyone in society by including characters from a range of ethnic and social backgrounds, and by telling stories about people with differing abilities and that challenge gender stereotypes. This is important because it boosts self-esteem and engagement for children from all backgrounds, and promotes acceptance and kinship. By reading fiction and non-fiction that represents us all, children will develop a greater understanding of the world and of themselves.'
Collins explain that they are committed to:
1. Actively seeking out and commissioning a wide pool of talented authors, illustrators and consultants who are from a range of different backgrounds
2. Working closely with our authors and illustrators to ensure that our books reflect and appeal to a diverse readership
3. [Providing texts with a] variety of characters, as well as the real-life inspirational people who feature in our books
4. [Offering] stories that are set around the world and illustrations and photographs that portray all readers
If you have any comments or questions, please email the office. In the email title please write FAO: Miss Williams and I will get back to you as soon as I can.