Thursday, 28 September 2017

Challenging Books

Challenging Books for Years 5 and 6 

In our School Library we have a selection of books appropriate for high-level readers. The purpose of which is to provide a greater challenge and to allow the exploration of a greater range of themes. Some of these books may be unsuitable for younger readers due to the subject matter, which is aimed at much older children (Secondary School and beyond).

The following is a list of the books 
available at present.

Blackman, Malorie
Noughts And Crosses series, Thief, Pig-Heart Boy
Boyne, John
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave
Colfer, Eoin
Artemis Fowl – The Graphic Novel series, Warp Series
Collins, Suzanne
The Hunger Games series
D'lacey, Chris
The Last Dragon Chronicles
Durrell, Gerald
My Family and Other Animals
Doyle, Arthur Conan
The Extraordinary Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles
Horowitz, Anthony
Alex Rider series - The Graphic Novels
Landy, Derek
Skulduggery Pleasant series
Lane, Andrew
Young Sherlock Holmes series
Martel, Yann
Life Of Pi
Masson, Richard
Millwood, Kiran
The Girl of Ink and Stars
Ness, Patrick
Chaos Walking: A Trilogy, A Monster Calls, More Than This
Palacio, R. J.
Paolini, Christopher
The Inheritance Cycle (Series)
Pullman, Philip
Northern Lights
Reeve, Philip
Mortal Engines series
Sachar, Louis
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom, Holes
Schmatz, Pat
Stine, R.L.
Goosebumps Series
Stroud, Jonathan
Lockwood & Co series
Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Lord Of The Rings: Trilogy, The Hobbit
Zusak, Markus
The Book Thief
Parents and Carers are invited to opt in to this service if they wish their child to borrow this type of reading material from the library.
I would appreciate it if you could confirm your agreement that your child may borrow from this list by signing the permission slip on the letter that has been sent home. 
Please return it to the school office.
Thank you,

Mrs Rooney
School Librarian

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

This Year's theme is 


To celebrate we are sharing poetry in the library during our class sessions for the next few weeks. We have a wonderful and varied collection of poetry books for all age groups. 
Come in and browse our Poetry Tree!

There is a COMPETITION for Year 3, 4, 5 and 6

Monday, 25 September 2017

Junior Librarians

Welcome to our new 

Junior Librarians. 

Onyedikachi – Amethyst Class
Shayne – Amethyst Class
Emeka – Amethyst Class
Alice –Violet Class
Lola – Violet Class
Margaret – Violet Class
Kidiana – Tanzanite Class
Lily – Tanzanite Class
Leonie –Indigo Class
Tamara – Indigo Class

They will be helping with the running of the library during this Autumn Term, learning about how libraries work and giving tips to their peers on the best books.

Each librarian will be issued with a special pin so please respect any instructions they give when using the library.


Archway Library Event

Calling all Moomin Fans. 

Go along to Archway Library on Monday 25th September at 6pm to listen to Moomin historian, Ant O'Neil read his translation of the last ever Moomin story written by Tove Jansson. There will be rarely-seen photographs to accompany this reading.

A real treat for Moomin fans!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell 

is coming to our local bookshop, Pickled Pepper Books, Crouch End on Sunday 24th September at 10am to launch her new book

 'The Wizards of Once'. 

Have a fun and literary weekend!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day

On Wednesday 13th September St Joseph’s Catholic Primary celebrated Roald Dahl day in style with a Dahlicious Dress-up. All the children came into school dressed as their favourite character from Roald Dahl’s books. We had a competition for the best costumes and the winners received a Willy Wonka style ‘golden ticket’ which they exchanged for a copy of one of Mr Dahl’s amazing books. Through-out the day the children took part in various phizz-whizzing activities including quizzes, drawing and games to celebrate the World’s No.1 Story-teller.

Congratulations to all those children who won a 'Golden Ticket' and a copy of a Roald Dahl book for their fabulous costumes.

The Winners

Orange – William Borthwick – The Enormous Crocodile (Crocodile)
Amber – Matilde Mazzola – Fantastic Mr Fox (Mrs Fox)
Diamond – Ava Weir – George’s Marvellous Medicine (George’s Granny)
Yellow – Poppy Dainty – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Willy Wonka)
Green – Eleanor Pellow – James and the Giant Peach – Miss Spider
Emerald – Bay Reeves – The Witches - Witch
Blue – Omotara Belo – James and the Giant Peach – Miss Spider
Sapphire – Robert Pomery McGregor – Fantastic Mr Fox – Farmer Boggis
Tanzanite – Michael Lynch – The Enormous Crocodile (Crocodile)
Indigo – Aran Patel –Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Willy Wonka)
Violet – Lola Head – Matilda – Miss Trunchball
Amethyst – Lucy Dunne – The Witches (Witch)

Friday, 8 September 2017

Gillian Cross

Gillian Cross - ReadingZone Live Event

The award-winning children's author, Gillian Cross, came to St Joseph's on the 28th June when we were hosting London Grid for Learning's (Lgfl) ReadingZone Live event. 

The Islington Gazette published their July 27th issue the following article on Gillian Cross' visit.
Well done to our Year 5 children who participated in this event and made it such a success.

Roald Dahl Day

                 Roald Dahl Day – Wednesday 13th September

Roald Dahl Day takes place on 13 September every year and marks the anniversary of the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. He wrote 39 books for children and adults, creating many ‘gloriump-tious’ characters such as Charlie Bucket, Matilda Wormwood, The Twits and the BFG.

To celebrate we invite children in Year 1 – 6 to come dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character.  There will be a COMPETITION for the best costumes and the winners will receive splendiferous Roald Dahl books.  We will be hosting various phizz-whizzing activities to celebrate.

So remember to don your Willy Wonka top hat or your fantastic bushy Mr Fox tail for a Dahlicious Dress-up Day!