Friday, 27 May 2016

Maths Week

It's been Maths Week here at St Joseph's so during class sessions in the library I have been reading books about counting. The children have had fun taking part in counting as part of the storytelling. They especially liked singing along to 'Ten in the Bed'.

Maths can be fun!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

New Books


More new books for the library. These are free books using our Scholastic Book Fair Rewards.
We have just taken delivery of new copies of the ‘Percy Jackson’ series by Rick Riordan, ‘Tom Gates’ series by Liz Pichon, ‘Harry Potter’ by J.K. Rowling, ‘Dork Diaries’ by Rachel Renee Russell and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Jeff Kinney. Together with copies of the latest ‘Tom Gates – Super Good Skills (Almost…)’.
Come in and borrow them today!
Thank you to all who support our Book Fairs.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Story Tellers

Little Supernovas

The storytellers, Little Supernovas, delighted Year 4
in the Library with their interactive version of
'Theseus and the Minotaur'.

They brought the story to life with all the children magically transported to the world of Greek mythology; rowing to Crete with sails billowing in the wind and fighting the minotaur in the Labyrinth. It was so fantastic and it left us, children and staff, wanting more!.

What an adventure!

We hope to be seeing more of the Little Supernovas', the magical storytellers.

Thank you!

Author Visit

Morris Gleitzman

This month Year 6 were invited by Highgate School to meet the English-born Australian author, Morris Gleitzman. It was a fascinating and amusing talk.

He told us all about himself and how he loved reading when he was a child and that his favourite author was Richmal Crompton, who wrote the 'Just William' series. Apparently, his favourite lesson at school was day-dreaming and he wanted to know if it was still on the curriculum! It is clearly still a favourite as the children all put up their hands in agreement.

Morris shared with the children his inspiration for his 'Once' series about World War Two. The children got a chance to ask him questions about his writing. He told them that he does not have a favourite character, but that he is very fond of 'Felix', the 9 year old boy in 'Once'. Finally, he told them that you only need one good character to make a good story.

What an inspiration!

A big thank you to Morris Gleitzman and Highgate School for inviting us to share such an exciting event.

Read more about Morris Gleitzman at

Monday, 16 May 2016

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This term we have been having 'book tasting' sessions. Each week we have read an extract from a different book and one lucky person gets to borrow it.
So far we have dipped into the following books.

Inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II.

Wilhelmina Silver's world is golden. Living half-wild on an African farm with her horse, her monkey and her best friend, every day is beautiful.
But when her home is sold and Will is sent away to boarding school in England, the world becomes impossibly difficult. For lions and hyenas are nothing compared to packs of schoolgirls.

When the plastic American Indian that Omri locks into the old cupboard comes to life he soon discovers that being in charge of a real, live, human being is a heavy responsibility. Little Bull is everything an Indian brave should be – proud, fearless and defiant. A surprising and exciting read!

A Greyhound of a Girl is a perfectly-pitched, funny and tender take about four generations of an Irish family, and the special bond between mothers and daughters. An entrancing read.

Come on and challenge yourselves!

Friday, 13 May 2016

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We have been reading from a book of Greek Myths each week. So far we have learned about the incredible stories of King Midas, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Icarus and Perseus and Medusa.

It's been quite an adventure and we didn't even have to leave the library!

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This term we have been reading about the Egyptians.  We learned about the groovy gods such as Khepri, the sun-god, who had a beetle-like body and Horus with the head of a hawk who was in charge of the king. We have even taken a trip down the Nile to see the pyramids!

Keep reading for lots more fun facts about the Egyptians. It's not all 'awful'!

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This term we have been reading stories about all the fun things you can do in the Spring and Summer. The children are excited about watching all the beautiful flowers grow in the park and gardens and all the picnics they will be sharing with friends and family.

We can't wait for those sunny days!

To celebrate St George's Day we read the funny story of a little boy's pet dragon. The children were advised that dragons were not suitable house pets!

Morris Gleitzman

An Invitaton to Highgate School for Year 6 to meet

Morris Gleitzman

Thursday 19th May

We have many of his fantastic books in our library.
Why not read a few in preparation for the visit.

A Trilogy told from a child's viewpoint about growing up in Poland during the Second World War. A difficult subject dealt with in a sensitive way.

The funny tale of one toad's bold quest to make humans like them. It certainly will give the reader plenty of laughs.

Also, you can find out more about the author at

Monday, 9 May 2016


Look out!


The next Book Fair will be from 3 - 10 November.