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June 14, 2015
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Year 4 Book Group Monster and Chips update…….

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks in our year 4 book group. We had great feedback on Twitter from the author David O ‘ Connell when we sent him our blog. He said about the menus the children designed , “Ha Ha! These are brilliant! I totally love Bogey Burger Gravy. Glad you’re having fun with it!


He was so impressed he even mentioned the children’s work in his blog. Why not take a look for yourself. There was great excitement when we shared this at this week’s meeting

We had more creativity after finding out the monsters came from Monster land.  Everyone designed what their own monster would look like, where they lived and what their names were going to be.





Next time the monsters are going to take part in Monster Chef which is based on a famous TV programme can you guess what it is? We are all trying to come up with our own monster versions of our TV programmes!

June 11, 2015
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The New Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell

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We’ve had exciting news this week at the school as one of our most popular authors/illustrators, Chris Riddell, has been named as the new Children’s Laureate for 2015 – 2017. Chris is particularly a favourite amongst our year 5/6 children for his Goth Girl book;, they were so eager to find out when his next book was due, so we contacted him and he revealed the new title would be Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright. When the classes watched Newsround and found out that Chris had been made Children’s Laureate they where very excited.

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When year 5/6 had their Mixed Up Fairy Tales topic we used The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Russell Brand – both of which where illustrated by Chris Riddell. They have the most amazing illustrations and form part of our Illustrated Picture Books for Older Children collection. The library has an amazing selection of these books as we strongly believe illustrations are as important for our KS2 children to enjoy as much as our KS1 children. Chris wants to promote “visual literacy”, saying words need pictures, whatever the age of the reader.

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Chris had devised a  5 point plan for his laureateship including celebrating school libraries and reading for pleasure, which we think is fantastic here at the school. He wants to spread awareness of school libraries and librarians and said that, “librarians are the custodians of literacy – they lay the stepping stones that start the journey from one book to another, widening horizons and the reading experience.”



Chris and the school have something else in common a love of Alice in Wonderland. When Chris was asked who his literary hero was he said “Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland. And Sir John Tenniel, who was Lewis Carroll’s illustrator. I was obsessed with Alice when I was growing up and beginning to draw and think about drawing. I used to draw the White Rabbit. I used to think about how it was drawn and copied it endlessly. I also loved the story and how pictures worked with text – I thought back then that it was all by one person. Alice says “what is the point of a book without good conversation and pictures?” I still believe that.” We will be holding an Alice in Wonderland 150 years celebration during the week of 22nd June which will be an art and literacy project across the school. All children will be coming to the library for Alice themed story time sessions so that they can share in the magic of Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale.

We believe that the school library is important and ensure all of our children have access to the library on a regular basis and that we give them a variety of great books to choose from.  In the library and the school we like to make it as visually appealing as possible so that children enjoy their reading experience. All children have the chance to choose their own books which is incredibly important for developing reading for pleasure.

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A huge welcome to our new Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell from all of us at the school. If you ever want to come and visit us Chris and see the work that we do to ensure the library is at the heart of the school and how we promote reading for pleasure, we would really love to meet you!








June 3, 2015
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When Dolphins Met Caryl Hart (Class Author)

We’ve had a very exciting time this afternoon with the Dolphins Class and their class author Caryl Hart. Caryl is the author of over 30 childrens books including my favourites ‘Don’t Put Your Pants on Your Head Fred’ and ‘Whiffy Wilson the Wolf who Wouldn’t Wash’.

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