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March 21, 2018
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The Nothing To See Here Hotel TES Class Review

Some of our Chatterbooks group were invited to review ‘The Nothing to See Here Hotel’ by Steven Butler and Steven Lenton for the TES Class Review . We have been sharing this book in our sessions creating our own hotels and characters so that we can write our own version of the story. It was really popular with the group and here’s what they had to say about this hilarious story.

 

‘Pirates, dragons and fairies with toothbrushes’

There are swashbuckling pirates, fire-breathing dragons, human-eating plants, fairies with toothbrushes and, of course, there is Frankie Bannister. Frankie is the main character; he has copper eyes, pointy ears and a great big smile on his face! Steven Lenton is a fantastic illustrator and he brings this book to life.

Lois

‘Amazingly funny’

I found it really amusing and inspiring. It also had lots of excitement and cliffhangers within the book. The illustrations are fabulous, the language was fantastic and, best of all, it is amazingly funny. I would definitely recommend it to others.

Bella

‘Loads of made-up monsters’

I think people would really enjoy The Nothing to See Here Hotel because it’s got loads of made-up monsters. My favourite character is Hoggit the pet dragon, who lives in the fireplace. I wondered if he was going to learn how to breathe fire. The best bit was when the goblin prince didn’t realise what he’d stolen – it was a big surprise. The pictures were really good: they helped explain the story.

Wiliam

‘The magical creatures made me giggle’

This funny story about a magical creature hotel made me giggle. My favourite part of the story was where the goblin Prince Grogbah fainted and they all thought he was dead. I like the fact that there are pictures on most pages, and the characters look just how I’d imagined they would.

Aidan

‘I felt like I was there in the hotel’

I would give this book 10/10 because it is so imaginative. My favourite character is Nancy because she is kind, even though she is a big Orkney brittle-back spider. The illustrations are absolutely fantastic. It made me feel that I was there in the hotel.

Skye

 

The illustrator of the book Steven Lenton visited the school this week and the children were really excited to get the chance to talk to him about their reviews which he thought were absolutely brilliant.

You can read the full review here below

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/class-book-review-nothing-see-here-hotel

March 21, 2018
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Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton visit yr R, 1, 2 and 3

   

This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from the author and illustrator of the ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam’ books Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton to our yr R, 1, 2 and 3 children. They even brought the real life Shifty and Sam along so we could meet them in person.

   

Tracey told us that Shifty and Sam used to be bad characters just like the Wicked Witch and she then read the first book in the series which showed how they turned from bad robber dogs to bakers after realising the errors of their ways.

 

Tracey and Steven were so impressed that as the story was being read to the children lots of them were joining in because they knew the book so well after sharing in class during World Book Week.

  

Steven who illustrates the books showed us how he draws one of the characters Sam and the children drew alongside him and created some amazing pictures. He was really impressed with what a fantastic job they had done!

Tracey and Steven then played a racing game with the children with half of them on Team Sam’s side with Tracey and the other half on Team Shifty’s side with Steven.

 

After a very noisy and energetic game Team Sam and Tracey were declared the winners!

A huge thank you to FOWPS for supporting this visit and to Tracey and Steven for visiting the school it was such an inspiring and entertaining afternoon.

February 22, 2018
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Year 3/4 Book Group – The Nothing To See Here Hotel

This week in book club we have been finding out more about a new illustrated fiction book from Steven Lenton and Steven Butler. We watched a video on the Authorfy website of Steven Butler reading from the first chapter and were intrigued to find out about a special hotel especially for monsters and mythical creatures. Inspired by this we created our themed hotel from Christmas hotels, to Haunted Hotels and hotels for witches there were lots of brilliant ideas. They had fabulous rooms with rainbow waterfalls, swimming pools on every floor and bedrooms reached via trapdoors.

  

  

 

 

 

We’re very excited that 5 of the yr 3 children will be reviewing ‘The Nothing To See Here Hotel’ for the TES magazine and we received our copies yesterday. Watch this space to find out what they thought about this monster hotel.

February 22, 2018
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Abi Elphinstone Visit Year 4, 5 and 6

This week our yr 4, 5 and 6 children were lucky enough to have a visit from our Patron of Reading Abi Elphinestone to talk about her new book ‘Sky Song.’ She talked to the children about her inspiration behind the book and the research she undertook to write it, from dog sledding to visiting the Northern Lights to meeting an eagle huntress in Mongolia who inspired the character of Eska. The children created their own villain character with Abi who had a thorn made of antlers, a face of different colours and a cloak filled with the screams of their victims. Abi was really impressed by their imaginations and their enthusiasm for writing and reading.

Abi ran a special competition for the children to design their own invention just like Flint a character in the story. She was so impressed with all the entries and she presented prized to the winners. A huge well done to all of the children who entered the competition.

Abi also got to meet the children of the yr 5/6 book group who had reviewed ‘Sky Song’ in the TES magazine and she was thrilled with their lovely feedback about her story. Here is the link to the review if you want to find out more.

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/class-book-review-sky-song-abi-elphinstone

A huge thank you to FOWPS for supporting the visit the children had a wonderful time.

November 30, 2017
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Yr 6 Writer Visit – Testbourne Community School

Today a group of year 6 children visited Testbourne School to meet writer Colleen Jones. She talked about all of the things that inspired her to be a writer. She explained all about the writing process and how you start with draft zero which is all about getting your ideas on to paper and not worrying about getting everything perfect. Colleen read from an early draft and a later draft of her story so we could see the difference.

 

Colleen is originally from Canada and she showed us how the Vancouver Library was her inspiration for her setting of her story about a little girl and dragons. She uses mood boards to develop her ideas which she shared with us.  She then explained the editing part of the process and all the different stages all the way up to looking for a publisher for your finished book.

 

 

The children then got to ask questions and she was asked about her favourite book, her favourite genre and how long a book should be. Thank you to Mrs Harvey at Testbourne for inviting us to this really interesting visit.

November 24, 2017
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National Non-Fiction November – Chatterbooks Yr 5/6

National Non-Fiction November is an annual celebration of information books. We love non-fiction books at school and we have a great selection in the library and in each classroom to support current topics.

 

This week our yr 5/6 Chatterbooks group celebrated National Non-Fiction November with a special ‘The World Around Us’ Activity Pack which we received from DK Books via the Reading Agency Website. The children had to match up animals to their habitats, create their own map and design their own animals. They were really inventive and created the most interesting and amazing animals. We used a selection of animal information books and atlases to help with our tasks. Then we completed a nature word search about the world around us.

 

  

 

We then went on a fact finding mission using some fab non-fiction books to find the most fascinating facts that we could discover about animals. Did you know?

A giraffe’s tongue is as long as an humans arm?

A wombat’s poo is square?

That in Africa goat’s climb trees?

More than 90% of all the organisms that have ever lived on Earth are now extinct.

 

Some brilliant facts found by a children, another really enjoyable Chatterbooks session!

November 17, 2017
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National Non-Fiction November – Chatterbooks

National Non-Fiction November is an annual celebration of information books. We love non-fiction books at school and we have a great selection in the library and in each classroom to support current topics.

  

 

This week our yr 3/4 Chatterbooks group celebrated National Non-Fiction November with a special ‘The World Around Us’ Activity Pack which we received from DK Books via the Reading Agency Website. The children had to match up animals to their habitats, create their own map and design their own animals. They were really inventive and created the most interesting and amazing animals. We used a selection of animal information books and atlases to help with our tasks. Then we completed a nature word search about the world around us. Another really enjoyable Chatterbooks session!

  

 

 

Thanks to DK Books and the Reading Agency for this brilliant Chatterbooks Actvity pack.

November 2, 2017
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Maz Evans Author Visit – Year 4, 5 and 6

 

 

Today we were very lucky to have an author visit from the fabulous Maz Evans, author of ‘Who Let the Gods Out’ and ‘Simply the Quest.’ Maz told the children all about her very long journey to becoming an author. Explaining to them that she had received hundreds of rejections but she never gave up. She encouraged them to keep trying if they had a dream, encouraging them to never give up because they only needed on YES to make it true.

 

‘Who Let the Gods Out’ features Olympic Gods who have fallen to earth causing chaos everywhere for the hero of the novel Elliot and Maz let us into a secret that because they’re immortal they’re still alive, so in reality they’re probably living amongst us. In fact funnily enough their favourite disguise was usually as teachers and she vowed to discover who amongst us was an actual real life God. I went into a battle of the brains to discover who was the true ‘Athene’, goddess of knowledge with Mrs Driver and was sadly beaten as the topic was the KS2 curriculum, which is not my speciality!

 

 

Mrs Spencer and Mrs Brown undertook a battle of creativity to decide who was the true, ‘Hephaestus’ god of creativity, in a balloon modelling competition to design something to save the world from impending attack. Mrs Brown won with her reimagining of a Diplodocus.

    

It was then a head to head war to decide who would be crowned Queen of the Gods in a ‘Wackaday’ style (children who didn’t grow up in the 1980s might need to google this). After a tense few rounds, Mrs Brown was the overall winner. Thanks to our lovely teaching staff for being such great sports I know the children really enjoyed it.

Finally we finished off with a Q & A session where Maz was asked the most unusual and entertaining questions by our children. My favourite being, ‘do you like the books you write?’ to which she replied, ‘it depends what day of the week it is, because if I’m struggling with edits the answer will be no, but if I’m talking about a finished book then it’s probably yes!’

It really was a fantastic day, thanks to all our parents for their continued support. I have to say to Maz a huge thank you to Maz for giving up her time to come and visit the school today we all had the most amazing time!

Mrs Clarke

October 18, 2017
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Year 3/4 Chatterbooks – Wordless Picture Books

Today in Chatterbooks we spent time looking at a selection of wordless picture books. To imspire the children we watched a video of somebody telling the story of ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs using  the pictures as clues.

 

We chose our favourite wordless picture book and created our own stories which we shared with the group.

  

 

  

 

 

The children have brought home ‘A Story Without Words, worksheet so they can tell their own story without words if they would like to. Hope you all have a great half-term, I’m looking forward to findimg out what you’ve been reading.

October 13, 2017
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Year 5/6 Chatterbooks

We have had 2 great Chatterbooks sessions with our year 5/6 children. This week we did activities based around the ‘Pugs of the Frozen North’ by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. The children learned how to draw a pug with a handy guide from Sarah McIntyre, if you want to try this at home just follow the link.

  

 

  

We turned our favourite books into frozen stories, who wouldn’t want to read a book called, ‘My Headteacher is a Vampire Yeti.’

  

  

The children then created and drew their own frozen magical creatures.

  

  

It was lovely to hear the children chatting about their favourite books they have been reading this half-term during our sessions.