Welcome back to School!
This term there are lots of exciting things being planned……
Friday 27th September – Dress Up Dahlicious Day
We will be celebrating all things Roald Dahl and also will be dressing up as a character from one of Roald Dahl’s books to raise money for Roald Dahl’s Children’s Charity.
Thursday 3rd October – National Poetry Day
This year’s theme is water so we will be sharing some watery poems and having a go at writing our own.
Monday 7th – Friday 11th October – Children’s Book Week
We will be sharing our favourite books and Key Stage 2 will be preparing from a visit from an author & illustrator.
Friday 11th October – Visit from author & illustrator Chris Mould (KS2)
Chris will be visiting school and talking about his books. More information to follow.
Today 10 children accompanied by Mrs Johnson and Miss Whiteley attended the Leeds Book Awards Award Ceremony at the Pudsey Civic Hall.
Over the past 4 months, the children had been reading the 6 shortlisted titles, writing reviews on the Leeds Book Awards website and discussing the books. Then finally they had the opportunity to vote for their favourite.
Almost 50 Primary schools and 450 children participated in the awards all of which were invited to the ceremony.
Poet Craig Bradley provided the entertainment and announced the winning book and author…..
Poppy’s Hero by Rachel Billington
After the ceremony finished the children had the opportunity to buy books and get them signed by the authors.
All in all a fantastic day!
Posing with the winning author
This morning author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst visited school.
Children from Reception to Year 4 joined in Kate’s assembly where they learnt a bit about being an author Kate read from her Mariella Mystery books . Most impotantly though Kate shared Mariella’s tips about being a detective and what gostly guinea pigs look like!
Over the past three months the members of the Leeds Book Awards book club have been reading the six shortlisted books and today they voted for their favourite one.
The shortlisted books that they had to choose from were:
- Poppy’s Hero by Rachel Billingham
- Hitler’s Angel by William Osborne
- Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver
- Granny Grabbers’ Wizz Bang World by Charlotte Haptie
- Fright Forest by Martin Sedgewick
- THe Demon’s Watch by Conrad Mason
Many had difficultly choosing which was their absolute favourite and without giving too much away the voting was very split. Now we just have to wait until the Awards ceremony in Pudsey on 21st May to find out which book has one overall.
Local Illustrator and recently published author, Kate Pankhurst will be visiting school on Friday 10th May for a special assembly.
Kate will be talking about how she became an author and an illustrator and about her new Mariella Mystery books.
Year 5 have adopted an author!
Charlotte Haptie has written several books, one of which, Granny Grabber’s Wizz Bang World has been shortlisted for this year’s Leeds Book Awards.
Year 5 will be reading some of Charlotte’s books and will be able to ask her for some tips on writing.
Visit Charlotte’s website for more information about her books
Today at school we celebrated World Book Day. This year we chose not to dress up but to bring in our favourite book or comic, and we had a lovely time sharing our favourite stories with one another.
All children will have also have received a World Book Day voucher that they can swap for a specially produced book (see right) or can have £1 off the cost of a book. Hurry though as you can only use the voucher until 24th March!
Visit www.worldbookday.com for more information and a list of local booksellers where vouchers are accepted.
The book group has been meeting for the past few weeks and the children have been busy reading the shortlisted titles.
Here are some of the reviews so far:
Emily wrote “Poppys hero to me was a brilliant book it is heart touching and it has a lot of feelings and emotions. I think you will love it”.
5 out of 5
Sory wrote “the best book I’ve ever read”
4 out of 5
Adam wrote “I really enjoyed it. As soon as I’d started it I really couldn’t stop, it was as if the pages were turning themselves”.
5 out of 5
What a fantastic day! The children in years 1 & 2 had a lovely time listening to stories, showing off their drawing skills and learning some new ones too.
One more sleep until author and illustrator Lynne Chapman visits year 1 and year 2 classes!