Friday, 11 December 2015

Calling All Winners Of The Premier Reading League!

Don't forget our trip on Sunday!
We will be meeting at Harold Wood station at 2.30pm with an aim of returning by 6.30pm. See you there!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Harry Potter Book Night Coming February 2016!

We are getting into the spirit of celebrating the Harry Potter Book Night which takes place February 4th 2016. 

Pupils can get involved by reading their way through the whole Harry Potter series, earning a certificate for each book they read. Or they may choose to invent their own magical spell!

Jameel has been busy creating his at home...

To take part, simple pick up an entry sheet from the library. You will need to give your spell a name, tell us what words you have to say in order to cast your spell and of course, tell us what happens when you cast you spell!

For inspiration take a look at our Harry Potter display that will be regularly updated with spells created by the pupils of Broadford. This is a UK based competition, where there is the prize of a 'Professor of Potter' live event for the school up for grabs!

Why not have a bit of fun and visit the Harry Potter website to see what your wizard name would be!

Good luck!

Watch Out! Read For My School Returns In January!

Read for my school is a free reading competition for schools in England that challenges pupils to read as much as they can in three months, all pupils from seven to thirteen years old can take part. Pupils will have access to over 100 books online, all of which have been generously donated by Penguin schools and Pearson Education.

Back in 2014 pupils won a box of books worth over a £100!
More details regarding the prizes up for grabs this year will be released in January.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Premier Reading League - The Results Are In!

After 12 weeks of reading and reviewing stories from the library, we can finally announce the winners of the Premier Reading League!

In first place with a total of 132 points are McDonalds FC! Jameel Ore, Eryia Byamugisha, Ramone Holme-Slater, Emily Claydon and Libby Northwood make up the team, and are our youngest team to win since the competition started in 2013!

In second place with a total of 88 points are team, Beat the Book! Jack Eve, Sienna Nickson, Georgia Chilvers, Levan Towe-Enu and Jacob Owsley have worked incredibly hard over recent weeks to collect as many points as they can!

The winning teams have been rewarded with a trip to watch basketball team London Lions Vs Plymouth Raiders on Sunday 13 December 2015. As always, we have two extra spaces on the trip, these spaces are given to the two team members who have earned the most points for their team - those two children are Lebohang Sibanda with 44 points and Joshua Ore with 43 points!

Well done to everyone who participated this term, the Premier Reading League will return in January.

Where Does Your Reading Take You?

Pupils across Broadford have come together to enter the World Book Day Awards. Their task was to creatively answer the question: Where Does Your Reading Take You?

The competition is open to all schools in the UK with some fantastic prizes up for grabs, including £25,000 worth of books and a £10,000 library makeover from Book Space! Our video clip has been entered - the winning school will be announced on World Book Day 2016.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Editor's Challenge - A Fantastic Response So Far!

We have had some amazing entries for the Editor's challenge so far. Pupils across Key Stage 2 have been very eager to participate in the latest competition from the National Literacy Trust.

Taking part could not be easier...
Simply pick up a challenge pack from the library and complete the five activities inside. Along the way you will have the opportunity to create quizzes, puzzles, an attractive front cover, celebrity interviews and star-studded comic strips.

You have from now until Friday 11 December to hand your completed magazines in for judging. Good luck!

Chatterbooks - Year Three Spinebreakers

At the start of the term the year 3 Spinebreakers were set the task of reading and reviewing the latest books as part of a group called the Chatterboooks. We started off with ten new books...

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
Granpa's Great Escape
The Sleeper and The Spindle
Burping Bertha
Frankie's Magic Football The Grizzly Games
Billy Bonkers
Cakes in Space
Fluttershy and the Furry Friends Fair
Daisy and the Trouble with Coconuts
Witch Wars

We each took a book home to begin reading. Since then we have met every week to discuss what we have been reading, including any likes and dislikes we have, chatted about the characters and changed our completed books for new ones. For each book we have completed and reviewed we have earned a sticker on our Chatterbooks card - once we earn five we will receive a certificate and prize. We are planning to meet before the school holidays to create a list of 10 new books we would like to read and review in the Spring Term.

Take a look at a couple of our short reviews so far...

Eryia: Grandpas Great Escape - 4 STARS
This story is really fun! The main character is a 12 year old boy called Jack. He has a grandpa who fought in WW2 - his grandpa was every old, so old infact that he started to think he was still in the war! One time, during a school trip, Jack went to the war museum and found his grandpa asleep in a spitfire hanging from the ceiling. He climbed up onto the wings of the plane to get to his grandpa but a security guard (who looked a little bit like a gorilla) tried to stop Jack and his grandpa. They slid on the wing of the spitfire leaving the security guard hanging on their legs!

Libby: Flutter Shy and the Furry Friends Fair - 4 STARS
I loved reading this book! I really liked the angel bunny; in the story two mean brothers from a circus teased angel bunny about having no talent so, he wanted to prove to himself that he does have talent. There was a sheep herding competition and he won second place - this gave him more confident and he felt much better about himself.

Premier Reading League - One Week To Go!

There is one week remaining until the Premier Reading League comes to an end - that's just seven days to read and review as much as you can! Winners will be announced on Friday, here on the blog and in assembly. The 2 teams with the most points will be invited to join us on a trip to watch the London Lions vs Plymouth Raiders at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday 13 December 2015; they will be joined by two individual winners who have earned the most points for their teams, but are not in first or second place.

The league table will be taken down tomorrow, from then on the children will be be collecting points in secret. Look out for the winners, announced here on Friday next week! Good luck!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Premier Reading League Update

We can now announce that the winners of the Premier Reading League will be invited to watch the London Lions vs Plymouth Raiders on Sunday 13 December 2015. There are just under 4 weeks left to earn as many points as you can through reading and writing reviews. Good luck!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Palm Spinebreakers Create A Judith Kerr Inspired Reading area For AppleClass!

Over the last six weeks our Spinebreakers from year six have been working on a project to improve the reading areas in the reception classrooms, and today Sophie and Mervyn finally got the chance to put their 'Tiger That Came To Tea' themed book corner together. The reading corner now features a new tea set, character masks, a selection of Judith Kerr books, a tiger seat and a very cute tiger soft toy. The children of Apple class will be making full use of their reading area as soon as they return after the holiday!

Thank you to Mervyn and Sophie for your hard work, and also to Smilte and Samson who both helped in coming up with ideas for the area. They will begin to develop the reading corner in Aspen when we return - the theme being 'Kipper the Dog'.

Chris Powling Visits Broadford!

Last week, children's author, Chris Powling visited Broadford to share some of his stories and tell us about his work as an author. Our year 3 Spinebreakers had the important job of interviewing him! Watch the clip below to find out more about Chris and hear what questions the children had to ask him.

Thank you Spinebreakers, Chris described you as an excellent group of children and was very impressed with all the reading you do at school and at home!

Hetty Feather Book Club - Tomorrow's Trip

To all the members of the Hetty Feather Book Club, don't forget to meet us at the main gates tomorrow at 9.30am. We hope you are all very excited about the show! The show lasts a little over 2 hours, so we are aiming to be back at school by 3pm - hopefully the journey home will be traffic-free! If there are any delays parents will be contacted via the numbers that have been provided. See you tomorrow!

Visit The Book Fair Today - Raffle Winners Announced!

The Book Fair will be open at 11.30am for Nursery children and from 3pm for the rest of the school. Don't forget we will be giving away stationary and posters to the first 20 customers!


The Book Fair was extremely busy yesterday, which resulted in more than 40 names being entered into the prize draw. Our helpful Spinebreakers who gave up their time after school to help were eager to pull names from the hat! So, we can announce that BLAKE MADDOX was our first raffle winner, he will receive £15 worth of book tokens to spend tonight at the book fair. In second place, winning £10 to spend, was SYDNEY GRIFFITHS! Congratulations to you both!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

KS1 Spinebreakers Visit Waterstones!

On Monday, our KS1 Spinebreakers had the exciting task of visiting Waterstones in Romford to choose some new books for our library. Waterstones had so many fantastic books on offer, to choose just two each was quite the challenge!

Laicey went for Topsy and Tim Visit London, this was her first choice, she really enjoys watching the show at home and thought having a copy of one of the book in the library would be a great idea. Laicey's second choice was Stickman; we previously borrowed this from Hilldene library and loved it so much that we wanted our own copy! If you haven't read this one before, then you must! Julia Donaldson's tale of the Stickman would be the ideal Christmas story to share at home.

Ruben spent his time carefully searching through the all the great titles Waterstones had on display as he wanted to find the perfect additions to our library. He decided on David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon, and The Baby that Roared! We cannot wait to read these stories!

Stories about animals really appeal to Amandeep, so when she found James Bowen and Garry Jenkins' story of Bob to the Rescue she had to have it! Amandeep's second choice was, Lucy and Tom by Shirley Hughes, this is another story about Christmas, full of beautiful illustrations! 

As you can tell by the picture, Harry is extremely excited by the books he chose! Adding to our collection of Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter books, he picked out The Dinosaur That Pooped The Bed! And Dr Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

Sticking to the Christmas theme (there was a large display in Waterstones!) Leah chose Father Christmas Needs a Wee! By Nicholas Allan and Max and the won't go to Bed Show - excellent choices Leah, we are looking forward to reading these ones!

Tyler went for two classics - Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and Hairy McClary's Hat Tricks, Hairy McClary is very popular with our Nursery and Reception children so I am sure they will be excited to hear this latest tale!

Naleli chose Superhero Dad, because it reminded her of her own Dad, who she says is her hero! She also picked out Julia Donaldson's, The Singing Mermaid, we have read this before, and is loved by both girls and boys.  

Lastly, Ethan thought Spider Sandwiches sounded like the book he would love to read - the little monster in this story eats and drinks some horrid things, like, slug milkshake, fried hairy bat's ears and lice! Yuck! Ethan's second book was The Pirate-Crunchers.

For all their hard work they were treated to hot chocolates, marshmallows and mini muffins in Costa!

Visit The Book Fair Today And Tomorrow - With Prizes To Be Won!

There are 100's of brilliant books available after school today and tomorrow at the book fair! Morning nursery can come along tomorrow at 11.30am to see what we have on offer, but for now here is a sneak-peak of inside the cases...

For Early Years and Key Stage 1 we have titles such as, The Scarecrow's Wedding, Spider Sandwiches, Thelma the Unicorn, Stickman, The Day the Crayons Quit and What the Ladybird Heard Next.

For Years 3 and 4 we have, Pippi Longstocking, Fluttershy, The Adventures of the Super Diaper Baby, The owls of Blossom Wood, Super Loud Sam and Where's Wally?

Finally, for our older readers we have Pippa Morgan's Diary, World Football Records, Alfie Bloom, An Island of Our Own, 11 Birthdays and Fortune Cookies.

We will be holding a prize draw - anyone who buys a book from the book fair tonight will be entered into a prize draw, the winner will be announced on the blog and will be invited back to spend £15 at the book fair tomorrow. A second name will be pulled from the hat and will receive £10 to spend at the fair. Also, on Friday the first 20 people to buy a book will receive a free piece of stationary or poster!

The Scholastics Competition - Photobomb Greg at the Book Fair!
When you visit don't forget to have your photo taken with Greg, from Jeff Kinney's 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid', and upload your snaps to for your chance to win some amazing prizes:

The Star Prize!
A Sony Playstation 4 500GB Console - worth £300!

TEN retrol-cool runner-up prizes!
A copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10 - Old Skool
A Classic Gumball Vending Machine
A Retro Space Hopper
An LED Tetris Desk Lamp
A Metal Original Slinky
A Classic Lava Lamp
An Original Rubik's Cube
A Magic Plasma Ball
A Pin Art Gadget
A Classic Twister Game

Closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday 31st December 2015. Good Luck!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

We Have Been Busy Looking For Quotes From Stories - Take A Look A The Ones We Have Found So Far...

The pictures below will act as our desktop backgrounds on the computers around the school, and the quotes themselves will be displayed in the library - with a new quote being added each week!

The Editor's Challenge Starts Today!

The National Literacy Trust have teamed up with Mega Magazine and Girl Talk to launch a new challenge for Key Stage two children! Following research they discovered that 'nearly half of children and young people aged 8 to 18 in the UK read magazines outside class at least once a month. Those that read magazines were more likely to report they enjoyed reading and read more frequently and more read above the expected level for their age compared to their peers who did not read magazines.' With that in mind, they created the Editor's Challenge to promote reading for pleasure.

to take part you will need to create an issue of Girl Talk or Mega magazine - copies of both magazines are available to look at in the library. Templates and instructions for five separate activities are available from Miss Sparkes; all five activities completed will form the magazine. the activities include, a celebrity feature, a review, a quiz, a storyboard and a front cover.

You will need to complete at least three of the activities to be entered into a prize draw. A winner will be selected at random, receiving an eReader, £50 in book vouchers and a one-year subscription to either Girl Talk or Mega magazine, with the winner's school receiving a visit from a storyteller and a one-year subscription to five Media Magazines!

Additionally, 10 runners-up will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine of their choice.

I will be looking for the three most creative magazines to send off to be judged. A national winner will invited to the Immediate Media head office to learn more about how magazines are put together!

Visit the library today to pick up you challenge chart and your first activity!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Pupils Take Part In The Summer Reading Challenge

This year we had a total of 18 pupils from Broadford take part in the Reading Agency's 'Record Breakers' summer reading challenge. The children were set the task of reading six library books over the summer holidays, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way. We would like to congratulate the following children who successfully completed the challenge, each earning certificates and medals;

Kezia Wright
Shajia Shaik
Ellie Wise
Malachi Wright
Isabelle Curtis-Rich
Ruben Roberts
Deborah Oluokun
Maiseie Moss
Laiba Shah
Charlie Ilott
James Wise
Abbie Sullivan
William Ilott
Ranita Ariyibi
Ellis Curtis-Rich
Samanyu Handoo
Isaac Wright
Samson Wright

Mr Drakes will be putting £50 into the playground fund for each child who completed the challenge. The summer reading challenge takes place every year, each time with a different theme.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Thank You Spinebreakers!

Our Spinebreakers have done an excellent job this year, they have searched for Paddington Bears across London, visited Waterstones to purchase new stock for our library, interviewed authors and illustrators, taken regular trips to Hilldene library to borrow books, created and promoted their own competitions, helped paint the book bench with artist Jenny Leonard, reviewed books using audioboom, shared an assembly... the list seems to be endless! We are very grateful for all the hard work this year!

Adam, Arya, Sydney, Paige, Emily, Ramone, Lilly and Cruz were the first Key Stage 1 Spinebreakers we have had representing our library. We have been so pleased with how well they have taken on their role! They all make regular visits to the library and are keen to discuss what they have read, and what they want to read more of, we have even seen some of them reach the 100 book target! An excellent effort made by all!

Here are a few photos from the year as Spinebreakers...




Get Caught Reading This Summer!

We will be holding the Get Caught Reading competition again this year!
All you need to do is have your photo taken whilst reading over the holidays. You can choose to hand your photo in when we return in September or share it via our school Facebook page or Twitter account. The winning photo will be chosen on Friday 11 September. The winner will receive a £10 book token, and two runners-up will receive a £5 book token each.
Take a look at some of last year's winning photos...