Friday, 29 November 2013

Super Reader - Daniel Reads 'The Snail and the Whale'

Here is Daniel reading Julia Donaldson's popular children's book, The Snail and the Whale. Brilliant job Daniel!
We now have 46 reading videos, uploaded for you to watch at home. Take a look at them by clicking on the Super Readers link to the right.

Monday, 25 November 2013

New Books From Author/Illustrator, Oliver Jeffers

Year two have been enjoying the new books the library has to offer. 
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, The Day The Crayons Quit, has been their favourite so far. It tells the tale of young Duncan who is surprised to find his crayons have been replaced with letters, all addressed to him. His crayons have had enough and have quit! Red crayon is in need of a rest. after working during the holiday season to colour in Santas and hearts for valentines day! Purple crayon is going to completely lose it if Duncan doesn't start colouring inside the lines and poor peach now feels naked after Duncan peeled off his wrapping!
We also have copies of, The Hueys in It Wasn't Me,The Way Back Home, Up and Down, The Moose Belongs To Me, Stuck, The Hueys in The Jumper and Lost and Found.

Friday, 22 November 2013

New Books From Spinebreakers - Uthman, Nathan and Fawaz

These are the final Spinebreakers to share with you the books they selected during our visit to Waterstones. As of Monday the books will be available to borrow from our Spinebreaker section in the library. Please remember to pick up a bookmark from the Spinebreaker (who chose the book) before coming to collect from the library. If you get stuck, ask Miss Sparkes for help.
Spinebreaker Uthman's Book Choices...
Spinebreaker Nathan's Book Choices...

Spinebreaker Fawaz's Choices...

Thursday, 21 November 2013

New Books From Spinebreakers - Kirsty, Terrika and Daniella

Today we have our year 5/6 Spinebreaker girls talking about their new books, and why they decided they would be good for the pupils in their class. For extra information, fun competitions and

Spinebreaker Kirsty's Book Choices...

Spinebreaker Terrika's Book Choices...

Spinebreaker Daniella's Book Choices...

Look out for Uthman, Nathan and Fawaz tomorrow.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

New Books From Spinebreakers - Bryan, Teddy and Kieran!

Here is Bryan, Teddy and Kieran talking about the books they decided to choose when we visited Waterstones. Like yesterday's post, you can click on the books to visit different websites that will allow you to access games, competitions and inform you of other books from the series.
Spinebreaker Bryan's Book Choices...
Spinebreaker Teddy's Book Choices...    

Spinebreaker Kieran's Book Choices...     

Spinebreakers Kirsty, Terrika and Daniella will feature on tomorrow's blog post, so keep an eye out for them!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

New Books From Spinebreakers, Shyanne, Deborah and Thelma!

Find out about the books the Spinebreakers purchased when they visited Waterstones by watching the video clips below. If you see a book that you would like to read or find out more information on, then click on the book. By clicking, you will learn about the characters, have access to games, take part in competitions, and read interviews with the authors!

Spinebreaker Shyanne's Book Choices...
Spinebreaker Deborah's Book Choices...     

Spinebreaker Thelma's Book Choices...     

Check out tomorrow's post where Spinebreakers Bryan, Teddy and Kieran talk about the books they chose from Waterstones!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Spinebreakers Trip To Waterstones and Newsletter - Issue 2

On Wednesday, the Spinebreakers visited Waterstones in Romford where they each purchased two books for our school library. Over the coming weeks, the Spinebreakers will be promoting their books to their classmates.

In order to borrow one of their books, you will need to collect a bookmark from them. The Spinebreakers are holding their own competition to see whose books are most popular. So once you've finished reading, pass the book back to Miss Sparkes, who will give you a token for the Spinebreakers box. We will announce the best book before the Christmas holidays.

 The blogposts for the rest of the week will feature the Spinebreakers talking about their book choices. Shyanne, Deborah and Thelma will take over Tuesday's post.

Here is issue 2 of the Spinebreakers newsletter.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

New In - Mincraft, Beginner's Handbook

We have two copies of the new Minecraft Handbook for Beginners.
The handbook begins by giving you a short history of Minecraft and its creators. It contains all the information you need for surviving your first few days in Minecraft. Packed with top tips on how to collect resources, make shelters, and protect yourself from monsters!
If you do choose to borrow the book, don't forget to make some notes along the way, so you'll still have them to hand once the book is returned.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Big Reading Adventure - Part Five - Duck and Sarah

Part Five - Sarah and Duck
The last instalment of the Big Reading Adventure. By now, if you have been following the challenge at home, you would have earned 8 stickers for your chart and are only two away from completion! Year one have been very excited to get to this point in the challenge as they get to make their own paper duck!
Cheer Up Donkey!
Click on the link below to share the story with your child.

Now for the creative part! Get you scissors and glue sticks at the ready...
That's it, you've finished! I hope you have enjoyed this challenge at home. I know the year one pupils have been very excited finding out about the characters and their adventures. You can now choose to print off the certifitate or pop into the school library with your completed chart, you will then be entered into the prize draw and be awarded with your certificate in assembly.
Now you've finished, click on the links below to go straight to the CBeebies website where you'll find lots of short clips from The Octonauts, Tree Fu Tom, Peter Rabbit, Swashbuckle and Sarah and Duck.

Monday, 11 November 2013

New Books - Charlie Higson's Young Bond

New books just in for our older pupils! We have four books from Charlie Higson's Young Bond Series. Read on to find out a little more about each book, or visit to join the Danger Society. 

SilverFin begins with James Bond arriving at Eton for the first time. He is about to continue his schooling having been educated at home by his Aunt Charmian following the deaths of his parents in a climbing accident. As he begins to get used to the rules and traditions of Eton, he makes new friends, but he also incurs the wrath of George Hellebore and his arms-dealing father, Randolph.
James' adventures continue in the Highlands of Scotland, where he investigates the mysterious disappearance of local boy Alfie Kelly, With the help of Alfie's irrepressible cousin Red. They soon make the unwelcome discovery that the castle at the end of the nearby loch is the home to the Hellebores and the centre of Randolph's terrifying genetics project; a project that must be destroyed at all costs.
Blood Fever
An Eton boy's family disappears at sea. James uncovers a shadowy society operating in a hidden corner of the school. And far from England, in the bandit-infested interior of Sardinia, a sinister Italian count has built himself a mountain fortress,. Is there a connection?
Double or Die
In a north London cemetery a professor is kidnapped at gunpoint. A suspicious letter crammed with cryptic clues arrives at Eton. To decipher the deadly mystery, James Bond must take a series of dangerous gambles. Once the code is cracked, he has just 48 hours to save the professor from the dark forces that threaten to destroy them both.
By Royal Command
Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, James Bond is preparing for life back at Eton. But James's every move is being watched. He alone holds the clue to a sinister plot that will bring bloodshed and carnage to his school, and his country.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Super Readers - Alfie Reads 'Aliens In Underpants Save The World'

Our Super Reader of the week is Alfie. He told the story of Aliens saving our world brilliantly. Well done Alfie!

Week Eight - Premier Reading League
The teams have returned to school this week eager to earn extra points! Daniel has been on a mission to increase his current team's score by writing reviews over the weekend. Prince has been visiting the library at lunchtime to review some of the books he has been reading at home, while, The Leopard Girls have been borrowing book, after book, after book! There is less than a month to go before the winning teams are announced, so keep up the hard work!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Big Reading Adventure - Part Four - Swashbuckle

Part Four- Swashbuckle
With the competition not ending until December 8th, there is still time to take part...
Once you've earned all 10 stickers on your chart drop it into the school's library for your chance to win a year's subscription to CBeebies magazine.

Captain Angrychops' treasure!
Click on the link below to share the story with your child.

The activity for this story is to learn the Swashbuckle Salute! You can follow the instructions on the activity sheet...
Or try copying the actions in the CBeebies video...

At the library we have been looking at different stories with pirates in, so far we have read Plunge Into The Pirate Pool and The Pirates Next Door. Why not take a trip to your local library and see what other pirate books you can find!

Get your scissors and glue ready for next weeks' story of Sarah and Duck, where we will be making our own little ducks!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Amazing Author - David Walliams - Includes New Library Books and Competition!

Our Amazing Author for this half term is David Walliams.

We have five of his seven books available for you to borrow;
The Boy In The Dress, Mr Stink, Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy and 3 new copies of...
For your chance of winning a copy of Demon Dentist visit The World Of Walliams. Here you can play games, read the latest news and find out about the author. Follow the link below to take part in his Vilest Villain Competition. To enter, you need to create the vilest villain imaginable. Use the form provided to describe your villain. Two winners will be chosen and will recieve artwork from illustrator Tony Ross, signed by David Walliams himself! You will also win a £250 library of books for our school! 10 runners up will win David Walliams goody bags and their own copy of Demon Dentist.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Super Readers - Timi and Zaynab Read 'Walking Through The Jungle'

Here are Timi and Zaynab from Pine reading one of their favourite class stories, Walking Through the Jungle. Well done! I like the impression of the elephant Zaynab!