World Book Week 2020
This years £1 book are:
Read before you sleep
On Wednesday 4th March we held a 'Read before you sleep' event in the sports hall. Children from EYFS and KS1 came along with their parents and carers to share stories with their teachers and each other. It was very well supported, thank you to all who came to take part. The children especially enjoyed the milkshake and biscuits!
On Thursday all year 3 classes visited Handsworth library. They were taught where all the different books in a library are kept, how to use the Dewey decimal classification system and then did a treasure hunt for golden tickets around the library. The children also did a craft session making their own book bags.
Dress Up Day
On Friday 6th March we held our dress up day, there were some wonderfully inventive costumes!
The teachers and teaching assistants are voracious readers; they devour books.
They all have favourite books. In assemblies this week they have talked about the reason they remember a book from their childhood.
Mr Bentley - The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein
Mr Bentley loves this book because his brother used to read it to him when he was little and also because it has dragons in it which used to fire his imagination.
Did you know you can visit the place in Birmingham where Tolkein set the Hobbit. It is called Moseley Bog.
Miss Rice - Elmer the Elephant by David McKee
Miss Rice loves this book because it contains an excellent moral and the illustrations are very colourful.
Ms Baker - Our Cat Smudge by Judith Byron Schachner
Smudge is old, he feels that his life is not worth living: nobody needs him any more. But then something arrives which changes all that....
' When I was a child we had Siamese cats so when this book was published I wanted to find out what happened to Smudge. Was he going to die? Would the book have a happy ending'
Miss Umar - Who are you, Stripy Horse? by Jim Helmore and Karen Wall
Miss Umar was lucky enough to meet the author and illustrator of this book when she was at university. She loves it because it has a funny ending and beautiful illustrations. She now loves to share it by reading to her children.
Mrs Hudson - The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Mrs Hudson can remember her teacher reading this book to her in nursery and she has loved it ever since. She loved the satisfaction of reading the story and seeing the caterpillar munch through the food.
Miss Walsh - The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer
Miss Walsh loved this story about a little girl who was kidnapped by three robbers. The little girl manages to make them change into good characters in the end. Miss Walsh also loved the illustrations in this book.
Miss Dowell - The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf
This book is about a refugee boy from Syria who has come to live in England. It is all about being kind and not being a bully. Miss Dowell has been reading this story to her class and both she and her class love it.
The author of this book, Onjali Q Rauf, has written one of this year's world book day books and it features the same character from The Boy at the Back of the Class, Ahmet.
Miss Begum - Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Miss Begum likes this book because they made a big wish and the wish came true.
Miss Williams - Benji by Joe Camp
Miss Willaims loved hearing this story read to her as a child. It is a story that reminds us that it is ok to be different.
Mrs Willoughby - Elmer's Special Day by David McKee
Mrs Willoughby loves Elmer, she loves all his bright colours. In this book he does something so surprising!
Miss Nguyen - The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson
Miss Nguyen loves the ugly duckling because at the end of the story he turns into a beautiful swan.
Miss Mills - The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Miss Mills said 'When I was small my mum would read it to me. I always hoped that my tiger would turn into a real tiger to have tea with me'.
Miss Thorpe - Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
Miss Thorpe said 'When I was a little girl I always wanted a black cat. So I enjoyed reading this book. Two years ago I got my very own cat called Whisper'.
Miss Brook - The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Miss Brook - 'I love books where lots of characters join in and there's a surprise at the end, the little mouse isn't expected to be the winner!'.
Mrs Galonis - The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black
Mrs Galonis said this is a really good adventure story, there is magic all around us and this story explains it with all the wonderful characters and beasts.
Mr Lucas - Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Mr Lucas said most witches are nasty but this witch isn't mean, she's kind to all the animals she meets and they all help her too and in the end they go happily together in a karma kind of way.
Mrs Wilkinson - Vegetable Glue by Susan Chandler
We all have vegetable glue which stops our bodies falling apart! Mrs Wilkinson loves this story and used to read it to her children and they loved it too.
Miss Knight - Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes
Miss Knight loves poems with good rhyming words, this has plenty. Her mum used to read Revolting Rhymes to her when she was small, Roald Dahl became one of her favourite authors.
Miss Bennett - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Miss Bennett's grandad used to read this story to her and then she read it to her children. It's about a wicked old man who sees things differently when three ghosts visit him one christmas and he ends up much happier.
Miss Hollyhead - Zog by Julia Donalsdon
Miss Hollyhead loves mythical stories with princesses, dragons and knights in shining armour.
Mrs Rani - Stig of the Dump by Clive King
It's about two boys, Barney and Stig, who make friends and have lots of adventures one summer.
Mrs Roberts - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
This is Mrs Robert's favourite book as when she was 10 she loved the Harry Potter books and fought with her sister about who was going to read it first.
Mrs Christian - The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Mrs Christian loves this story because of the exciting adventures of woodland animals and beautiful illustrations. She used to read it to her children as well when they were small.
Mr Parton - Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Mr Parton loves this book because his grandad used to tell him stories about the war and this book reminds him of his grandad.
Miss Davis - Fairy Dust by Gwyneth Rees
This book is special to Miss Davis because it is the first chapter book that she read all by herself when she was in year 2 at school.
Miss Hines - The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman
Miss Hines loves stories that have adventure and fantasy in them which is why she loves this book so much.
Mrs McArevey - The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
When Mrs McArevey was about 6 she fell in love with stories that feature mythical creatures. This story grabbed her attention and she has loved it ever since.