Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

Term 1: Women's History

Discovery Storytime Term 1: Women's History

For this term's Discovery Story Time we are reading all about women's history. For fifteen minutes each day, our teaching assistants will be reading to each class from a collection of our Discovery Centre's rich texts. 


During Discovery Story Time we will be looking at the theme of giving -- celebrating all the women who used their gifts to give us all the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. We will focus on the hope, perseverance and joy found in these women who have changed history.


Our reading list for the term includes books from the following collections:


Discovering Inspirational Figures: Collections

Girls Who Rocked the World by Michelle Roehm McCann and Amelie Welden (Year 4+)

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by  Kate Pankhurst (Reception+)

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst (Reception+)

Three Cheers for Women! by Marcia Williams (Reception+)


Discovering Inspirational Figures: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Strange Star by Emma Carroll (Year 4+)

Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge (Year 6+)

Mary and Frankenstein by Linda Bailey & Julia Sarda (Year 2+)


Discovering Inspirational Figures: Malala Yousafzai 

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Year 5+)

Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai (Year 5+)


Celebrating the Fight for Women’s Suffrage 

Make More Noise by Emma Carroll, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Catherine Johnson and others (Year 3+)

The Princess and the Suffragette by Holly Webb (Year 2+)

Until We Win by Linda Newbery (Year 6+)

Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson (Year 6+)

The Widow’s Offering

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 21: 1-4


What is important is not just what we give to others, but how much it costs us and our intentions. The act of giving does not simply involve money, but giving our time, talents and practical help. 


How do you think that women in history used their gifts to make the world a better place? How can you use your gifts to help others?