Summer Reading Challenge

Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year and this year the them is Animal Agents.

If you have never heard of the Summer Reading Challenge you may be wondering what it is.

If you are interested in taking part look at the following easy steps:

  1. Sign up take part at their local library (for most children at ACE the nearest library is Moor Allerton Library near Sainsburys).
  2. Choose and read 2 books from the library
  3. Once you have read them visit the library again and collect stickers and goodies
  4. Choose and read two more books and repeat step 3
  5. Repeat steps 2 and 3
  6. Once you have read 6 books return to the library and collect your certificate and prize

If you are enjoying reading you do not need to stop there, you can read as many books as you like and usually invite children who have read the most number of books to a special party with an author.

If you would like more information about the Summer Reading Challenge, please click on the lick below or see Miss Whiteley.


Tom Palmer Visit – Tuesday 6th June

Yesterday, author Tom Palmer visited school, much to the delight of many children who enjoy reading his football and rugby themed stories.Tom lead an assembly for KS1 and KS2 children where he talked about being a writer and then the children had the opportunity to ask Tom lots and lots of questions.

Next, Tom spent the day with a group of sixteen Year 5 children on a local history project. This involved Tom working with nine schools each coming up with ideas, planning, helping to write and editing a chapter each. The finished story would consist of nine chapters and would be published on Tom’s website.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their day with Tom and were thrilled at the end of the afternoon to read their finished chapter which had been uploaded on Tom’s website.

The following children took part in producing the ACE chapter:

Aminah, Benjamin, Scarlett, Jasmine, Alex C, Alex O, Stella, Stefan, Zain, Ayush, Kristal, Chenai, Ben, Nishta, Charlie and Taiya.

To read their chapter click on the link below:

Leeds SLS



Tom Palmer Visit

On Tuesday 6th June, author, Tom Palmer will be visiting school.

Tom has written a large number of books with football or rugby themes and more recently has written some with a historical theme.

Tom will be leading an assembly and then will be working with a group of year 5 children on a local history writing project with the finished article being published on his website.

After school a selection of his books will be on sale and Tom will happily sign them too.

Books will be priced either £5.40 or £6.30.

For more information please click on the poster below or look out for the posters advertising the event which will be displayed around school.

Recommeded Reads

Not sure what to read next?

This may be of help.

Over the past couple of weeks during library sessions, children in KS2 have been talking about their favourite authors and books and if they would recommend them to someone in their class/school and why.

Each class came up with a long list of nominations and then voted for their favourite/best liked three books. The votes were counted and Miss Whiteley will produce a top 5 recommended reads sheet for each class.  A folder will be in the library containing these for children to look at.

Which book will you choose to read next?

Tom Palmer (author) to visit School – 6th June

Tom Palmer will be visiting school on Tuesday 6th June. He will be running a writing workshop and also leading an assembly including a penalty shoot out!

Eighteen children from Year 5 will be spending the day with Tom working on a historical novel project. The group will be required to write a chapter for the book (with a little help from Tom) and submit the final version by 2.30pm that afternoon!

Following the writing workshop, there will be a book selling and signing session straight after school. A selection of books will be on sale priced at either £5.40 or £6.30.

For more information look out for the posters around school or ask Miss Whiteley.


Tom Palmer

Leeds Book Awards – 16th May

On Tuesday, the group of children from year 5 and 6 who had been reading the shortlisted books for the Leeds Book Awards attended the Awards Ceremony at Pudsey Civic Hall.

Five of the six authors were present and answered lots of questions from the audience including one from Bobbie, who asked “Before you became an author had you done any other jobs?” the answers were very varied but the best answer was from Curtis Jobling who responded that he used to draw the original Bob the Builder! He then proceeded to draw Bob much to everyone’s amazement.

Question time over and the overall winner was announced, the winner of the Leeds Book Awards 2017 is……..Fleur Hitchcock!

Bobby and Kady were particularly pleased as this was the book (author) that they had want to win.







World Book Day

World Book DayToday we celebrated World Book Day. KS1 and KS2 children tested their book knowledge in the ACE book quizzes created by Miss Whiteley and Miss Cooke. There was story-time in the library for the 2 year olds and the 3&4 year old Nursery children.



Year 2MS searched in the library for clues and to complete a book scavenge hunt while Year 2SB spent the afternoon visiting Moor Allerton Library and participating in lots of activities there.

Thank you to all the children and staff who dressed up as characters from Roald Dahl stories and to Foundation who dressed up as their favourite book characters.


Leeds Book Awards Update

A small group of children from years 5 and 6 are reading the shortlisted books for The Leeds Book Awards.

After they have read each book they post a review on the Leeds Book Awards website; this is what Manya said about Beetle Boy:

Beetle Boy

“I really liked this book because it has been written really well. It is a real spine-chiller!”

Manya gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.



Jasmine read Cogheart…..

“I found this book creepy and didn’t particularly enjoy the theme of the book however I did think it was well written and there was good vocabulary”.

Jasmine gave Cogheart 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

CogheartTo find out more about the Leeds Book Awards and what children think about the books visit