Raid your Reading!

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As a school we have been applying the Talk for Writing scheme during Literacy lessons.  It is working really well in all the classes and it’s great to see the children telling stories using the actions they have learned.

I love the fact the children have the opportunity to learn so many stories throughout the school year.  Plus the encouragement for the children to Raid their Reading is fabulous, perfect excuse for another display.  Also left some room for children’s work!

Another super way to promote reading throughout the school.

Introducing Sci-fi

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UFO Lands in the playground!

This incident provided the ‘hook’ into our writing for the next few weeks. The children were amazed to find an unidentified flying object in the playground when they arrived at school.

The object was a piece of volcanic rock surrounded by BBQ coals mixed with green jelly slush.  There was a buzz around the school for the whole day!  Children didn’t know quite whether to believe it or not.  So pleased with the enthusiasm from the year 6 children and the writing they produced when they completed a police incident report was fantastic.

We will now be introducing various science fiction text over the next few weeks; hopefully they’ll forgive me for the staged UFO landing!

New Term, New Competition!

Thought I’d have a focus on non-fiction books but the competition has to be accessible to both infant and junior children.  So I’ve decided on a ‘Where in the World’ competition.

The children collect a world map from the library which has the continents labelled.  They have to find an interesting or unusual fact about each continent.

My display shelves in the library, both fiction and non-fiction, support the competition theme.  Non-fiction books displayed include atlases, travel books, books about countries, animals from different countries etc. Whilst the fiction theme is stories from around the world.

The children have already been to the library asking what the next competition is, hopefully they won’t be disappointed!

Latest Competition – Win a Stack of Books!

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Our latest library competition is causing quite a stir.  The winning prize is a stack of 10 new books, a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.  To win all the children have to do is complete the story our author, Piers Torday, began when he was 13.  I’ve some very amusing entries so far and I can’t wait to read more.

This has been a great way to extend the enthusiasm shared by our recent author visit. The closing date is next Friday, so still time for more entries!

Monster Picture Book!

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There’s a Monster in my Fridge by Caryl Hart was amongst a few new books I bought for our school library.  Initially I was attracted to the cover of the book. it’s bright and vibrant and the monsters don’t look too scary.

I took this book along with 2 others into the year 2 class (6-7 year olds). I showed them the covers of the books and allowed them to vote which one they would like to hear first; they chose this one!

The children loved it!  It has various scary characters doing really silly things.  Each split page is full of fantastic illustrations with lots going on.  The children were giggling and laughing in delight (there’s no better response to a picture book). They especially liked the ‘vampire in his underwear’ page and asked for this page over and over again.

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The children are delighted I have now placed it in our library with a huge sticker on it saying ‘Recommended by year 2’.  I’m sure it will be really popular.

Super Halloween Read

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I bought this book for our school library two years ago, when it was published.  (It won the Red House Children’s Book Awards in 2013)  It is a book I only display in the library during the run up to Halloween; using it for story time in the library.

The children love it!  Every page is filled with pop-ups and flaps, as you explore the monstrous mansion and offers a twist at the end of book.

Hearing the children’s shrieks, screams and giggles, as I read, really brings a smile to my face and makes me realise how important reading aloud and story sharing is.