Miss Whiteley & Library Taken Over

This afternoon Nishta, Gurleen and Davina took over the Miss Whiteley’s job as Librarian as part of the Takeover Challenge.

They talked to children about their favourite books and authors, read stories, scanned books in and out of the library and wrote reminder notes.

They did such a fantastic job that they may get invited to take over again!



Ilkley Literature Festival

Today Year 6 journeyed by bus and by train to attend the Ilkley Literature Festival.


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DSCN2022In the morning everyone took part in the book trail around Ilkley (a bit like a treasure hunt) which they thoroughly enjoyed. Then after lunch at Riverside Gardens Year 6 attended a special event with famous author Jeremy Strong before returning back to school.

Everyone had a fantastic day particularly laughing ‘their socks off’ at Jeremy Strong’s jokes.

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Leeds Book Awards Ceremony

LBA logoToday Mrs Johnston and Miss Whiteley accompanied 7 children to the Leeds Book Awards.

Since January the group have read, discussed and voted for their favourite shortlisted book and today they found out the overall winner.

They travelled to Pudsey Civic Hall and were greeted by the event organisers. Having had some juice and a biscuit it was time to be seated along with another 56 Primary Schools and await the start of the ceremony.


Poet, Craig Bradley introduced all the authors and then entertained everyone before a question and answer session (prior to the ceremony schools were ask to submit questions that they would like to ask the authors and one of Abigail’s questions were chosen). Abigail asked author, Katherine Woodfine her question, ‘What was the first book you remember reading?’ Katherine’s answer was The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr.

After more entertainment from Craig, two children were selected from the audience to announce the winner of the Leeds Book Awards 2016. The winner was……..


Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis!

The children then were given the opportunity to meet the authors and have their books/notebooks signed.


Following a quick lunch at the Civic Hall we caught the train to Leeds station and walked to Waterstones.

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We browsed and talked books over more juice and biscuits. We even saw two of the authors, Kieran Fanning and David Solomons from the award ceremony!

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All too soon it was time to leave and return to school.

What a lovely day out!

Waterstones Visit

This afternoon 12 children from years 5 & 6 visited the Leeds branch of Waterstones. They were met by Jen, the Children’s Department Manager who introduced the children to authors and books that they had not previously read, they discussed with Jen the books and authors that they liked and wrote their own book recommendations.  Afterwards the children had a good browse, selecting books for the library and finished the visit off with juice and biscuits.

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World Book Day

WBD Fest

World Book Day is on Thursday 3rd March

Every child in school will be given a World Book Day Voucher which can be swapped for either a WBD book (available at participating retailers) or alternatively can be used to get £1 off the price of any book or audio CD costing £2.99 or more.

Below are this year’s WBD books, which one will you choose?

WBD Books

For more information about World Book Day visit http://www.worldbookday.com

Harry Potter Book Night

HP-NightOn Thursday 11th February 42 children from years 4, 5 and 6 were invited to attend a very special evening at school.  The children returned to school at 6pm dressed in their party clothes and walked up the lantern lit path to the main entrance.

Upon arrival at Hogwarts (the school hall) the sorting hat allocated a house to each for the evening.

The children earned house points by completing activities which included learning some ballroom dancing!

A big thank you to all of the staff that helped out at the event.

Take a look at some of the photos below (more photos are in the library).


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Leeds Book Awards update

LBA logoThis year the following children will be participating in the Leeds Book Awards:

Hamza                                                                                                                               Isha                                                                                                                                      Cezara                                                                                                                                 Yusuf                                                                                                                            Harneeka                                                                                                                         Abigail                                                                                                                               Isobel                                                                                                                       Charlotte                                                                                                                           Tayyeb

They will each have to read the six shortlisted books and write reviews for each one.

We will be meeting every Monday to swap and discuss the storylines, take part in activities and then after the Easter holidays will be voting for their favourite book.

See www.leedsbookawards.co.uk  for more information



Leeds Book Awards – are you in Y5 or Y6?

DSCN1471Every year school takes part in the Leeds Book Awards.

The awards are organised by the School Library Service (the people who lend us books that are in the big blue plastic boxes) who pick six books for children to read who are taking part. The children are asked to write what they think about each book and also once they have read all six books vote for their favourite one.

They are then invited to attend an award ceremony where the winner is announced. After the ceremony books can be bought and children are able to meet the authors.

Interested? See Miss Whiteley for more information.