What an amazing World Book Day that was!

Thank you to everyone for making World Book Day such a success. It was a wonderful to witness so many children reading for pleasure and experiencing a range of stories read by different staff members. Our first book raffle was a popular event with many children finding a winning ticket and choosing from a selection of brand new books!

Please remember to come and visit the spectacular classroom door designs after assembly tomorrow!

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Pirates Love Underpants! Nursery gear up for World Book Day.

This half term, Nursery’s learning has been inspired by Pirates Love Underpants. Today we went into the hall and retold the story.

  1. We packed our cases and boarded the boat
  2. Pulled up the anchor and rigged the sail
  3. Rowed our boat to shore
  4. Balanced across three pants ridge (beware of the crocodiles!)
  5. Tip toed across the swamp
  6. Crawled through the dark cave

Then we found the golden underpants and danced back to the boat.

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Nursery, can you retell the story to your families at home?

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Christmas Celebration Service – War Child Donations

I really hope everyone enjoyed a good sing down at St Thomas’ Church earlier today. I thought you were all in fine voice!

At the end of the service, we read ‘Refuge’ by Anne Booth & Sam Usher. This is a beautifully written and illustrated re-telling of the famous nativity story. The donkey and it’s precious load simply needed the kindness of strangers when they were in danger: a very topical theme.

Lots has been written, and many opinions have been shared about the plight of the refugees; it remains a contentious issue. However, what my class, year 5, unanimously agreed is that the children caught up in dangerous situations are innocent and really should be helped.

This is why we took a collection for War Child at the end of the Carol Service. War Child is a charity that gives aid, support and education to children who are caught up in dangerous and frightening situations; whose lives have been torn apart by war.

If you didn’t manage to donate at the end of the Service but you still want to donate, please see any member of staff and they’ll make sure your donation gets added. Also, if you’d like to buy the book, you can buy it online here. £1 from every book sold goes to War Child. You can get a sneak preview below.

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Could you be a book reviewer?

Today a parent shared an article from The Daily Telegraph about a childrens only book review website. This website is the only website in the UK where children write 100% of the book reviews.

Have a look. Could you write or draw a book review? If you are looking for some Christmas inspiration have a look at the books being recommended.



Keep the ideas coming parents.

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Read Write Inc. Open Classrooms on Friday 25th November!

Come and visit KS1 classrooms after celebration assembly next week!

The KS1 team will be opening their classrooms to share with you the way reading is taught. Please come and look at resources and ask the staff any questions you may have about supporting your child to read at home. The children will be very keen to share their favourite books and show you how reading skills can be mastered.

Pop along and have a look to find out more.


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Year 2 developing reading skills

Year 2 children have enjoyed learning to explore and investigate a new text. The newest member of the year 2 class, Miss Ahmed, provided the children with a range of clues to discuss and question. Can you guess the text from the clues? The discussions were imaginative and excited the children about using this text to create their own story journey. Remember to ask Year 2 what creature they went hunting for!

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Library time in Nursery and Reception

Nursery and Reception have already enjoyed three library sessions with our school librarian Mrs Storms. We have read three different picture books and identified the key features.

Nursery have been using front cover, author and title.

Reception have been using front cover, author, title and blurb.

The three books we have already read are The little gardener by Emily Hughes, Ready Steady Mo! by Mo Farrah and Kicking a ball by Ahllan Ahlberg. Nursery and Reception can you tell your family about the stories?

The titles still to come this half term are Quack quack Quentin, Cat’s colours, nothing and Oi Dog!


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