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March 22, 2016
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TES Children’s Book Reviews & The Education Show

The TES Class Review

We were delighted to be asked by the TES for the school to become involved in their new feature Class Review where children and teachers/librarians review a book. The first book we were sent was the brilliantly entertaining ‘Electrigirl’ by Jo Cotterill and Cathy Brett.


Over the half term holidays seven children from Year 5/6 along with myself read and reviewed this book and you can see our review online here.

We will be reviewing some more books next term and will keep you updated.

TES Children’s Book Reviews Live at the Education Show

Following on from the success of our book review we were invited to go to The Education Show at Birmingham NEC to do live book reviews on the central stage in association with TES. Along with Jack, Jasmine, Lydia and Mrs Dale who kindly accompanied us we went along last Thursday to do our book reviews.


Jack reviewed ‘The Many Worlds of Albie Bright’ by Christopher Edge. Jasmine reviewed our Patron of Reading Abi Elphinstone’s newest book ‘The Shadow Keeper’ and Lydia ‘Scarlet Files Cat Burglar’ by Tamsin Cooke. Copies of all these books are available in the school library for all the children to enjoy.

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The children were excellent on stage and spoke confidently about why they enjoyed reading the books and the importance of children being involved in book reviews. It was a very exciting day for all of us and we even got to meet the famous scientish Robert Winston who was sharing the same Green Room we were in. I was so proud of the children for representing the school so brilliantly.

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March 7, 2016
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World Book Day – Abi Elphinstone visit Year 5/6


Our Year 5/6 children received a special visit on World Book Day from our amazing, inspirational Patron of Reading Abi Elphinstone. We were very impressed that Abi embraced the spirit of our special Roald Dahl themed dress up day coming up on the train dressed as a giant peach.


Abi came to talk to the children about the inspiration behind her newest book The Shadow Keeper which has recently been released. She introduced the children to the smugglers with an impressive range of props which they were absolutely fascinated by and got the opportunity to look at closely after the talk.


She also talked about her latest adventure living with The Eagle Hunters in Mongolia and getting to meet the only female hunter Aisholpan. The children had lots of questions for Abi and were dedicated in their efforts to get some plot spoilers. There was much excitement when Abi announced she had finished book three ‘the book with no name’ yet and she revealed there would be a new project in the Autumn which she would tell us all about.








A huge thank you to Abi for coming to visit the school on World Book Day we all had a fantastic time and can’t wait to see you again.

To celebrate the launch of The Shadow Keeper Abi took part in a number of guest posts, to find out more you can follow the links below.

Top 10 Places I wrote The Shadow Keeper

Top 10 Stages of Writing A Book

Top 10 Strangest Objects In My Writing Shed

Top 10 Lines from The Shadow Keeper

Top 10 The Shadow Keeper Doodles

Top 10 The Shadow Keeper Songs

March 7, 2016
by library

World Book Day Storytime Year R/ KS1


On World Book Day all of our children in Year R/KS1 had a special storytime session where they had a sneak peek of this gorgeous new Picture Book ‘Nibbles the Book Monster’ by Emma Yarlett which is due to be released next month.


It tells the story of Nibbles a monster who loves to nibbles soap, socks, rubber ducks and clocks. But the thing he loves to nibble most is books so we mustn’t let him escape from his cage and eat the library books. Oh no too late!!



Nibbles munches his way through some fairy tales causing chaos wherever he goes eating baby’s porridge in Goldilocks and stealing Little Red’s cloak in Little Red Riding Hood. The children thought it was hilarious when he got into lots of mischief especially when he nibbled the Giant’s bottom in Jack and the Beanstalk.



We eventually manage to catch Nibble and put him back in his cage but unfortunately before we know it he’s escaped and is causing chaos in our school library.





It was lovely to see the children enjoying their stories on World Book Day and we were very impressed with their fantastic costumes.








All children will have received a special £1 World Book Day token which they can use to purchase one of the special World Book Day books or can be redeemed against a book in our book fair next week or in any participating book shops.