Friday, 15 July 2016

Summer Holidays

To help you to keep reading over the summer go along to your local library and join the Summer Reading Challenge.

Summer Holidays

To help you to keep reading over the summer go along to your local library and join the Summer Reading Challenge.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Author Visit


We were delighted to welcome the author, Oskar Jensen, to our school on Friday 8th July. Years 4, 5 and 6 congregated with much excitement in the hall to listen to him talk about his books, ‘The Stones of Winter’ and ‘The Wild Hunt’; a Viking Tale of myth and magic. He read from his book and the children got to ask him lots of questions.


What was his favourite book? The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis

Where does he do his writing? Lying down either in bed or on the sofa!


He shared with the children his dos and don’ts for writing : choose a subject that interests you and don’t put your friends or family in your stories.

 He also played from a Finnish musical instrument called a 5-string Kantele to the delight of the children.

It was a brilliant morning. Thank you Oskar and good luck with your next book.


Thank you also to the Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill who made this event possible.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016


Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler

Scriptwriting superheroes, Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, the brains behind top TV shows such as 'Danger Mouse' and 'Thunderbirds Are Go' and the authors of 'Defender of the Realm' have written to the children to thank them for their fantastic fan mail following their visit to our school in March.

Thank You!



Welcome back to LAUREN PEARSON, the popular author of the ‘Crabtree School’ series.
Lauren came in on Tuesday 28th June to present creative writing workshops to our Year 4 children. Lauren shared her writing tips with the children especially how to create a character in a story. Lauren spends a long time asking questions to build up a clear picture before she begins to write. The children then got a chance to make-up and draw their own character. As an extra special treat Lauren read an excerpt from the next book in the ‘Crabtree Series’.

It was a fantastic and inspiring morning for children and teachers.

Thank you Lauren!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Library Books


Summer Reading Challenge

Thank You

to the librarians from Archway Library who came in to talk to the children about the

Summer Reading Challenge.

They spoke to the children about how every year thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK's biggest reading event for children. This year the theme is 'The Big Friendly Read' to link up with the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations. The children watched a fun video made by local children

It is simple.

1. Register at Local Library from 2nd July

2. Read 6 books over the summer

We will celebrate everyone who completes the challenge after the holidays.

So come on and join in and make St Joseph's the best read school in Islington!

Watch out for fun Summer Holiday Events at your local library