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April 27, 2015
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Year 5 Book Group – Baby Aliens Got My Teacher

Today we launched our new Book Group for Year 5 children. We started off by looking at their reading habits in our ‘tell us about your reading’ quiz. There seemed to be a popular theme of children wanting to read because it’s fun and awesome and they love to read after school and at bedtime.

We then discovered that the first book we would be reading was ‘Baby Aliens Got My Teacher’ by Pamela Butchart, who was the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 for Best Story. This is the story of a group of school children who think their mean teacher has been infiltrated by aliens as she has started to be nice to them.

One of the funniest moments we read today was when Izzy found a crisp shaped like her neighbour in her bag of crisps which she found quite freaky. We wanted to find zombie, unicorn and dinosaur shaped crisps in our crisps packets because we thought that would be funny.

We talked about the author Pamela Butchart who has written two other books set in schools called ‘The Spy Who Loved School Dinners’ and ‘My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat’. The children discovered that the reason she knew so much about schools was because she was a teacher but they couldn’t work out how she had time to write books.

In our next session we will be finding out what THE INCIDENT was that sent Izzy running home from school in such a panic!

April 27, 2015
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Year 4 Book Group – Monster and Chips

Today we launched our new Book Group for Year 4 children. We started the session by getting the children to ‘tell us about your reading’ and discovered lots of interesting insights into what they enjoy. The most popular author was David Walliams and the best places to read was outside, or in bed.

The children then discovered what their first book would be……….
‘Monster and Chips’ by David O’ Connell which tells the story of a ‘hooman’ boy who goes into a parallel universe and ends up working in a monster diner.
We then came up with ideas about what type of monster we would all be if we had the chance. Our monsters had 160 pairs of eyes, red furry skin, 4 pairs of arms and were 654 metres tall. I really wouldn’t want to bump into any of those monsters in a diner down a dark alley!

Then it was time for us to share the very funny ‘Jampires’ story also written¬† by David O’ Connell and Sarah McIntyre. In it we met the Jampires who had got lost from their world and were sucking the jam out of Sam’s jam doughnuts.

In our next session we will be finding out more about the monstrous activities in the diner and designing our own monster menu.

April 22, 2015
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Year 3 Create your favourite book cover

Here in the library not only do we have a selection of fantastic books to choose from, we are also home to some amazing displays created by the children.

Our latest display has been created by our Year 3 children as part of a home learning project. The children were asked to create a 3D version of their favourite book which we now have on display.


We can see from these books that our Year 3 children love Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Julia Donaldson, Liz Pichon and many more. Here in the library we love to encourage children to read a wide variety of authors and this clearly shows that they do!

April 22, 2015
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Year 1/2 Stories and planting session

We had a fantastic afternoon with our Year 1 and 2 classes to talk about their new topic ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’. Parents from FOWPS came along to discuss the chikdren’s project to grow flowers so that they can raise money for a polytunnel for the school.

The children took part in a quiz and answered lots of questions about what plants need to grow and identified different flowers and vegetables from their seeds. They also had the opportunity to look at the different stages of growth from seed to seedling which they found really interesting.

We then shared some stories about growing and vegetables which reinforced what they had just learnt about how seeds grow. They listened to ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ and ‘Eddie’s Garden ‘ and found Eddie’s little sister Lily very funny as she loved to eat worms!


The children then went outside and planted different seeds which they will nurture and grow into beautiful flowers.

A big thank you to all the parents who gave up their afternoon to help the children and talk about their new topic.