Classics in the classroom

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By Gill TavnerReal Reads author and ex-English secondary teacher and Head of English

Broaden children’s experience of ‘great literature’ with child-friendly classics

Two school boys reading

The Real Reads series allows Key Stage 2 children to experience some of the great classics of literature

In 2007, William Rees-Mogg wrote in The Times: ‘Children should… have early exposure to great literature, to interesting stories… written by masters.’ This was not a new idea. In 1921, the authors of the Newbolt Report expressed concern that a lack of exposure to art and literature meant that most people were ‘living starved existences,’ meaning that ‘one of the richest fields of our spiritual being is left uncultivated.’

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