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Winter Drawing Competition

Well done to Sam from 8Ba for winning the Winter Drawing Competition.  His design will become the front cover of our book of writing, to be published by Scholastic during the Summer Term.  The book will be available to buy and I hope everyone will want to have a copy!


Sam Cater 1.jpg


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Winter Writing Competition

Well done to everyone who took part in the Winter Writing Competition.  The standard was very high and there were some fantastic poems and short stories.  It was very difficult to choose, but we chose 3 winners and one runner up from each year group.

Year 8

Nicola 8BD (poem)

Ben W 8Ba (story)

George  8Mc (story)

Special mention: Sam C 8Ba

Year 7

Alan  7Ca (poem)

Ellie M 7Ca(poem)

Max 7Wi (story)

Special mention: Lucy  (story) 7An

Year 6

James 6An (story)

John  6Wa (poem)

Ellen  (Story) 6An

Special mention: Amy Stephenson 6Ru

Year 5

Stella 5Sh (story)

Kaden  5He (poem)

Charlie 5He (Poem)

Special mention: James  5Sh (poem)

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Book Buzz

Book Buzz is a scheme where all Year 7 children can buy books at reduced prices, in order to encourage reading at a crucial stage of their education.  Lots of children have chosen and bought their books, and are now enjoying reading them, and talking about them.

These are the books they could choose from:


Find out more about Book Buzz here.


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Trip to Seven Stories

Seven Stories Thirty students from Year 5 went to a Michael Morpurgo writing workshop at Seven Stories in Newcastle. They had a fabulous time, wrote some very inventive stories and some heartfelt thank you letters to our fantastic guide Charlotte.

Here are some pictures of our day:


If you want to find out more about Michael Morpurgo, here are some of his books and links to some good resources.

Michael Morpurgo’s own website

Information from the Children’s Laureate website

Kids Konnect website

Literary Festivals website


This is just a very small selection: Michael Morpurgo has written more than 100 books!

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School Lit Quiz

We had a lit quiz for year 7 on Wednesday last week, and today we held the finals for the best teams.  We had a fun lesson in the library, and we gave prizes to the top three teams (with sweets for everyone!). Well done to everyone who took part, but especially to Team Simpletons, Smarties, and Dangerous Dogs who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

A good warm up for the Kids Lit Quiz in November!

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Summer Reading Challenge

We had an assembly with Year 5 to find out about the Summer Reading Challenge.  It was encouraging to see how many children had taken part in previous years, and how many use the public library.  The scheme is an excellent way to keep reading over the summer.  There is a book log, incentives such as pictures and bookmarks, and there are hundreds of books to choose from in our local libraries.

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Book Group’s North East Book Awards

We shadowed the North East Book Awards and read as many of the books on the short list as we could.  At book group, we read a section of one of the books each week, and we talked about what we thought of the characters, the plot, the themes and the genre of each one.  At the end, we voted on which we thought was the best.

Gorilla Dawn

Gill Lewis’s Gorilla Dawn won by 5 votes!


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