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May 14, 2015
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National Share A Story Month – Dragons

by National Share-A-Story Month  is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing, it provides a fantastic opportunity to  bring children and stories together. To celebrate we have been visiting our classes and reading stories about dragons to the children.

Our Year R children enjoyed stories as part of their weekly visits to the Library. We shared ‘Lovabye Dragon’by Barbara Joosse and Randy Cecil, which tells the story of a lonely dragon and a lonely little girl who are both looking for friendship and when they find each other they have lots of adventures together. The children also enjoyed the traditional tale of ‘The Reluctant Dragon’ by Katie Daynes and Fred Blunt which tells the story of Saint George and a friendly dragon who doesn’t want to fight and Sam comes up with a plan to keep everyone happy and in the end they all become friends.

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Our Year 1 and Year 2 children had visits to the classroom where we shared some funny dragon stories. ‘Dragon Stew’ by Steve Smallman and Lee Wildish tells the tale of 5 Vikings who are bored and decide to ‘go and catch a dragon, then tie it to a wagon. Then take it home and chop it up and make a dragon stew.’ They found this very funny as they come across piles of dragon poo and the dragon set their pants alight. In  ‘The Worst Princess’ by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie we meet Princess Sue who is bored of waiting for a Prince to rescue her and when he finally does she isn’t happy as he wants her to wear dresses, smile a lot and twist her curls. She decides her Prince is a twit and plots with a dragon to escape, and the princess and the dragon live happily ever after.

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In Year 3 and Year 4 we also shared ‘Dragon Stew’ which they also found hilarious especially when the Viking whose pants where set alight said ‘Ooh, me bum!’  We also shared the story ‘The Dragon Machine’ by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson which tells of a boy called George who ‘noticed his first dragon on a wet Thursday’, nobody else notices them just as they don’t notice him. More and more dragons keep appearing and getting into mischief and George decides something needs to be done.  He builds a dragon machine to take the dragons back to where they belong and suddenly everyone notices George is missing. Once they find him he no longer goes unseen or ignored and he gets a pet dog as a present (which is actually a dragon!)

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If your children have enjoyed sharing the dragon stories then why not bring them to visit Whitchurch Library which has a display of dragon stories suitable for all ages.

May 14, 2015
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Year 5 Book Group Baby Aliens Got My Teacher continued………….

This week we started off by discussing the author Pamela Butchart who is the author of Baby Aliens Got My Teacher. She is a teacher as well as an author so her books are usually set in schools, her other books in this series are called ‘My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat’ and ‘The Spy Who Loved School Dinners.’

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We then decided to create our own titles for other books that she should write on the same theme, these where our titles:

The School Nurse Who Stole My Soul

The Grim Reaper Lives in our Classroom

The Zombie Who Takes Over the School

The Dinosaur Who Ate My Lunch

The Headteacher Who Eats Children

The Kitten Who Ate My Homework

We are going to send a message to Pamela Butchart via twitter to tell her our ideas and we are hoping she messages us back.

In the story the children hide in a secret den at the school to try and work out what is going on with their teacher Mrs Jones and to discuss if a baby alien has really climbed into her ear and taken over her body. We then talked about where in the school the children has secret dens where they went to hide when they wanted to talk to their friends, apparently there are lots of these at our school.

At the end of the session we shared one of Pamela Butchart’s picture books ‘Never Tickle A Tiger’ about a fidgety child called Izzy who can never sit still and all the trouble she causes as a result.

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Next week we will hopefully find out just what is happening to Mrs Jones………..

May 13, 2015
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Year 4 Book Group Monster and Chips continued……..

This week in book group we find out what happened next in our book ‘Monsters and Chips.’

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We learned about Fuzzby who owns the diner which has the best Monster Chips anywhere! Joe is the only hooman at Fuzzbys and a brilliant assistant. Barry is the diner cat – yes you heard correctly, CAT!

 

The Monster Diner has a very special menu and everthing is served with chips.
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The children found the menu very hilarious and we decided to create our own menu for the Diner.

Bashed Beetleburger AND CHIPS

Slimy Slug Surprise with antennae eyes

Eyeball soup with slug slime chips

Bogey burger gravy AND CHIPS

Smelly cabbage soup with poo plop croutons

Earwax tart

We are looking forward to next week when we start to meet the monsters who visit the diner.

 

 

May 6, 2015
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Year 3 Visit To Whitchurch Library

We went on a trip today to visit our local library in Whitchurch with our Year 3 children. Everyone took part in a special topic themed ‘Castles,Keeps and Catapults’ library quiz and the children demonstrated some superb library skills. They used dictionaries, atlases, thesauruses and the ‘Where to look’ guide to answer their questions.
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To celebrate National Share a Story Month which is all about dragons this year, we shared ‘Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo’ by Korky Paul and Giles Andreae. It tells the tale of a 6 year old knight who saves King Colin ‘ s castle from attack by inventing a catapulting poo machine which the children found very funny.
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The children then chose a library book to take home and read, hopefully we will see a lot more of our children visit the library in future.