Reading: Blog items

Reception National Storytellying Week

Date: 22nd Feb 2024 @ 10:22am

During National Storytelling Week Reception had a visitor from the National Literacy Trust who brought lots of loves stories to share with the children.  We enjoyed going up to our school library 'The Attic' to listen to the stories and then use the puppets to retell tell them in our own words.  What a lovely time everyone had.

Year 6 - Book Banter

Date: 20th Feb 2024 @ 7:38am

Today Oak class had their first 'Book Banter' session. The purpose of these weekly sessions is to allow children to discuss books with the class and promote their love of reading. We will also talk about authors, characters and themes across books. We are looking forward to sharing our love of reading with each other.

Year 4 - Maple's first Boundary Book Banter

Date: 9th Feb 2024 @ 3:40pm

Today Maple took part in their first Boundary Book Banter. To help engage and excite pupils in reading, we have been chatting about the books that we have checked-out of the new school library (The Attic). Each week, pupils will be given time to share their book with their peers and the whole class, explaining what they liked or disliked about the book. Together we will explore common themes and make links between different genres and different authors.

Nursery Story Time

Date: 8th Feb 2024 @ 11:25am

Nursery had a special visit from Blackpool Library when a librarian came to read us a story. We all went up to The Attic and waiting with anticiaption to hear some super stories! The children loved all the stories but I think our particuar favourtie was "Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell" By Sue Hendra. 

School Council- Fundraising and reading book ideas.

Date: 5th Feb 2024 @ 7:43pm

At our latest meeting, the School Council were joined by Miss Moyes, Miss Jones- Boast and Debbie our Cook.

We met to discuss how to calculate the cost and possible profit that could be made when we sell Elmer themed cup cakes to raise money for Brian House.

The cupcakes will be all different bright colours, just like Elmer. They will be sold at hometime on the school gates and also during the day for staff to purchase too.

Miss Moyes also needed to know what type of school reading books the children would enjoy, as she was going to be ordering some more.  The school council then went back to their classes to find out.

Another meeting will be held in the last week of this half term to discuss the results.

Reception- Story club

Date: 5th Feb 2024 @ 7:19pm

This half term, Reception have enjoyed staying for their first extra- curricular club- The Story Club!

Each week, they have chilled out on cushions, got cosy under throws and snuggled up to cuddly toys as they listened to a different Wintery story each week.

This was followed by colouring pictures from the story to take home and talk about with their families.



Acorns - We're going on a polar bear hunt

Date: 4th Feb 2024 @ 7:35pm

Acorns have had lots of fun this week going on a polar bear hunt as part of thier winter theme.

We have enjoyed our sensory story 'going on a polar bear hunt', climbing over snow drifts, through snow storms, across rivers (water sprays), over the ice and into dark caves.

We have been talking about arctic animals and creating polar bears using sponge painting and cotton wool during our arts and crafts activities.

We are continuing to develop our focus and concentration during Bucket and have had fun watching snow splatts, fountains and bubbles.

What a busy week we have had. 

Year 5 - Boundary Book Banter

Date: 1st Feb 2024 @ 2:33pm

To help engage and excite pupils in reading, we have been chatting about the books that we have checked-out of the new school library (The Attic). Each week, pupils will be given time to share their book with their peers and the whole class, explaining what they liked or disliked about the book. Together we will explore common themes and make links between different genres and different authors.

Nursery Meet Alan and his Big Scary Teeth

Date: 31st Jan 2024 @ 1:01pm

Nursery read a brilliant story called "Alan's Big Scary Teeth" about an Alligator who scares all the jungle animals with his very large teeth! Alan takes really good care of his teeth, so we have been learning about how to take care of our own teeth and have practised brushing some giant teeth! We have also talked about "A" for alligator and thought of other items that begin with "A". To practise out counting, we have have been giving Alan the right number of teeth. To support the children with their social interactions, we played the Crocodile Tooth game. The children had to take it in turns to press down a tooth and hope that they don't get bitten by the crocodile! 

Nursery Try to Catch The Gingerbread Man!

Date: 31st Jan 2024 @ 11:21am

Nursery had their work cut out when they read the story "The Gingerbread Man". We ran as fast as we could but we just couldn't catch him! So, instead we explored the ingredients we needed to make gingerbread and then made our own Gingerbread Men. We practised ordering numbers 1 - 5, followed instructions to draw a gingerbread man and used tweezers to add buttons on gingerbread men. We never did catch the Gingerbread man!

Nursery Explore What Winter Feels Like

Date: 15th Jan 2024 @ 10:19pm

This week we read the story "A Little Bit of Winter" about a hedghog who asks his friend rabbit to save him a little bit of winter so he knows what it feels like. The children have held ice to and talked about what it feels like and compared it to holding something warm. We have also explored cold colours through painting and collage and made some winter cocktails, There were some lovely conversations about snow at our winter sensory tray and discussions about fun things we can do in the winter as the children played with the mini ice skating rink. 

Year 4- Finding Features of News Articles

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 1:06pm

In Reading into Writing, Year 4 have been identifying structural and language features of newspaper reports and online news articles. Firstly, we looked at some examples of newspaper articles and highlighted the features that we noticed. After this, we used our digital literacy skills to look at some news articles online and were given post it notes to label the features that we found. We will continue to read and annotate a range of news articles and will plan and write our own news article in the next couple of weeks.

Year 4- Writing Playscripts

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 4:28pm

Year 4 have been focusing on writing playscripts. This week, we have watched a couple of the scenes from Arthur Christmas and have written a film script of these scenes as a class. We have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the main features of play/film scripts and using these in our own shared writing. We look forward to planning and drafting our own film scripts later on this half term.

Year 3- Visit to the Library

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 1:02pm

Year 3 had a visit to our very own library, The Attic! We all picked a book that we wanted to read and found a comfy spot to enjoy some relaxing reading time. We then had a chat about what books we had picked, why we picked them and what they were about. We can't wait to go back and keep improving our reading skills. 

Acorns - Welcoming Bailey!

Date: 1st Dec 2023 @ 9:00am

Today we welcomed Bailey and her owner Vincent to our classroom for the first time. Bailey's Book Club in Year 2 is such a huge success and we are lucky enough to have a little time with her every Wednesday. The children enjoy watching her owner, Vincent throwing the ball to Bailey outside our classroom. A few of the children gave Bailey a treat and even brushed her fur, which they got so excited about. 

Year 4- Laurel's Reading Champions

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 7:57pm

Well done to our new Reading Champions in Laurel. You have read three times this week and been on Reading Plus for half an hour. Hopefully there will be more pupils in Laurel that can earn their Reading Champion badges! Keep up the good work! 

Acorns - A Love For Books!

Date: 28th Nov 2023 @ 12:11pm

We love looking at and listening to the books in our room - especially the nursery rhyme ones. We sing the nursery rhymes alongside the musical books too. Some of the children are beginning to repeat key phrases from them too such as, 'Hickory Dickory Dock' and 'Tick Tock'. 

Year 6 - Library visit

Date: 28th Nov 2023 @ 9:22am

This morning, Year 6 were the first to visit our new library and were able to pick a brand new book to read in class. There were lots of discussions about the books that we chose and why we chose them. We are looking forward to reading these books and hopefully it will encourage more of pupils to become reading champions.

Year 2 Bailey's Book Club

Date: 2nd Nov 2023 @ 2:49pm

This week, it was the beginning of Elm's turn to read with Mr Vincent and Bailey. Throughout, the half term different children will take it in turns to read to Bailey as well as enjoying stories shared by Mr Vincent to the whole class. This week, we enjoyed a story about a puppy who kept forgetting his name and we compared it to a story we have previously read 'Mog the forgetful cat'. The winners of reader of the week were Stevie and Joshua for excellent sounding out and expression for speech. Before Bailey went home we enjoyed blowing some bubbles for her to catch. 

Year 4- Laurel's Reading Champions

Date: 30th Oct 2023 @ 7:54pm

Well done to the first Reading Champions in Laurel Class! They have been reading at home at least 3 times a week and accessed Reading Plus for at least 30 minutes. We are excited to see who our next Reading Champions will be. 

Year 4 - Another Reading Champion!!

Date: 17th Oct 2023 @ 10:56am

Well done to another Reading Champion in Maple class! 


We have lots of children reading their reading books at least 3 times a week, but you MUST be going on Reading Plus for at least 30 minutes!

Dazzle packs - New books!

Date: 17th Oct 2023 @ 7:59am

Dazzle packs of new books were given to classes today to support National Literacy Trust in Blackpool 'Take 10' reading for wellbeing and to refresh class libraries.

Year 4- Spelling Bee

Date: 11th Oct 2023 @ 7:25pm

This week, we have held our first Spelling Bee of the year. Four children from each year group were selected to represent their house. They were each given three words to spell from our 3/4 statutory spelling words.

We are extremel proud of the children in Year 4 who represented our year group and their houses. They got all of their spellings correct which shows hard work and dedication to learning their spellings. Well done!

Year 3- Take 10 !

Date: 11th Oct 2023 @ 8:12am

On Tuesday Year 3 took part in ‘Take 10’. This was provided by the National Literacy Trust and Susie Dent talked about her latest book and her love for words! The children were then guided into taking 10 to read their books.

Year 3- Spelling Bee!

Date: 10th Oct 2023 @ 10:22am

This morning the children participated in a whole school spelling bee. The children represented their houses and went head to head in front of the whole school. Well done to Elliott, Chelsea, Advait and Rehaanvir who were excellent going up for Year 3!