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!
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!
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.
Books aren’t just for the sunny days when everything is going well. They are also for the times when you feel everything is too much, everything is changing, or you’re facing the worst life has to offer. They can challenge you and make you think, and they can comfort you. They can show you lives like yours and characters who tackle problems like yours, and they can be an escape route to an entirely different universe.
Check out these books, many of which are recommended by Reading Well, be comforted and challenged, uplifted and confronted. And you don’t have to wait until you have problems to read them!
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.
Gill Lewis’s Gorilla Dawn won by 5 votes!
Year 5, 6 & 7 took part in the Read For My School competition from January until the Easter holidays. Between them they read hundreds of books, encouraged each other to read, read more,and more widely, than ever before. The competition is run nationally by the Book Trust to inspire young people to read and to enjoy reading. We awarded prizes to those who had tried the hardest, read more than they had ever done, and shown enthusiasm for the project. There was a book prize for one person in each class that took part, and a Kindle Fire for one child in each year group who had shown especial dedication and commitment. Well done to everyone who took part, and especially to those who won prizes for their achievement.
We had a fantastic day on Thursday 3rd March celebrating World Book Day. Throughout the school lots of people were involved in various activities, we did a Shakespeare Quiz, the results of which will be announced shortly, and a group of Year 7 children went to Ponteland Community High School for some literacy activities. Here are some photos of what we got up to: