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Thursday 25th November

We are lucky to have been sent some copies of Tiger Warrior by M. Chan as part of Read & Review. The Year 2 children have had the chance to keep a copy of the book FOREVER (!) as long as they agree to write a book review and send it back in to school by Wednesday 15th December. As the first class in school to get the chance to take part in Read & Review, we were very excited to take part. 
 

Wednesday 24th November

Today the children in Oak class and Cherry class both had a virtual author visit from Sharon Davey, the author and illustrator of ‘Oh! Sir Bragalot’. It was a perfect fit for our topic ‘People Who Rule Us’ and was a great opportunity to ask a real-life author about her work and also to learn about how she creates her characters.

Monday 22nd November

It’s been another busy time for new reading books this week. Our Reading for Pleasure Underground Maps for KS2 are ready to go (once the Covid restrictions allow us to mix again). Each child in KS2 will be given an Underground Map of brilliant reading books for their age group. There is a 7+ and a 9+ map with 7 Underground lines on each one.

If, for example, you are a fan of David Walliams books, then you can look on the Walliams Line for other books that you might enjoy by different authors. Outside of the KS2 classrooms, you’ll find the WH Readers Express, with each carriage linked to a different line on the RfP Underground Map.

There are 2 copies of each book on the line and a waiting list just in case your chosen book has already gone. Some of the lines are the same on both maps e.g. the Must Reads Line, but will have different books for each age group. There are picture books, graphic novels and more traditional chapter books to choose from. Some books are repeated on both the 7+ and 9+ maps so if you really enjoyed it on the 7+ map, you can find other, similar books on the 9+ map too.

The 7+ line includes…

And the 9+ line has…

The 7+ books are aimed at children in Years 3 and 4 and the 9+ books are aimed at Years 5 and 6. Age really doesn’t matter though- Miss Parker already has her eye on a few of the books on the ‘Potter Line’ once she’s finished the book she’s reading at the moment (The Lion Above The Door by Onjali Q. Raúf- a great read if you’ve not already read it!).

Because many of the books are the first in a series, if there are any that are particularly popular then we will be able to buy further books in that series for the classroom reading areas too, so make sure to let the adults know which ones you are enjoying most.

Monday 15th November 2021

Over the weekend we had a visit from the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre. The NCBC team have given our non-fiction library a complete makeover. They started by clearing out any out of date books and then relabelled everything to make them easier to find. There were piles of books everywhere!

After sorting out all of the books that we already had, they then added in lots of brilliant new books! Here are just a few of them (ones that Miss Parker has already added to her ‘want to read’ list).

When they had finished, the library looked amazing!

Once our current Covid restrictions can be lifted, the library will be open on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes to allow the children to come and choose a book that they would like to take home. Or, if they prefer, to just spend some time reading in our lovely new library space.

Our next mission, in the new year, is to get the NCBC team to come back and help us to renovate our fiction collection too.

Monday 4th October

 

Today the children in EYFS have been given their first homework bags. There are 17 different bags with themes such as Bugs, Sport, Dinosaurs, Fairy Tales and Food. Each bag contains a game and 2 books to share with a grown-up. The bags stay at home for a whole week and then get swapped for a new one every Monday.

Monday 13th September

We are starting our brand new school year with lots of lovely new phonically decodable reading books for our EYFS and KS1 children. We are using the Little Wandle Letters & Sounds Revised programme for our Phonics teaching so have bought all of the Collins Big Cat for Little Wandle books to go with it. The children will each have 3 reading sessions in school before bringing the book home to share with an adult. Our 3 sessions in school will focus on decoding, prosody and comprehension and the aim is that the children will be able to read 95% of the text when they bring it home. This means that they can focus on reading fluently and with understanding.

 

We have our teacher ‘Reading Squad’ all set up to run groups in both classes. Miss Parker, Mr Sharman, Mrs Fletcher, Miss Wantling and Mrs Stanley all read with groups in Cherry class and Mrs Gibbin, Miss Parker, Mr Sharman, Mrs Bull, Mrs Ross, Mrs Stanley and Miss Wantling all read in Oak class.

As well as the decodable books, the children will also have the chance to choose a ‘book to share with an adult’. This book is one that they won’t be able to read on their own but is a lovely story to share with a grown-up.

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