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Primary School Library Assistant Application Form

The Role: Join the team running your school library – issuing and returning books using computer, shelving books, helping children using the library and library catalogue on ipad, tidying and promoting the library.
Qualities: Looking for children who are reliable, careful, friendly, and hard-working and love books. Need to be confident in using computers, good at alphabetical and numerical order as well as good listeners and communicators, and able to work one lunchtime a week.
Name:                                                            Class:

What would make you a great Library Assistant?

What makes reading so important?

Special interests:

Signature:                                                        Date:

Please give your application to the School Librarian: Mrs Rooney


to our new 

Junior Librarians!

Applications have been completed and our Junior librarians for this term 
have been selected from our Year 5 and 6 children. 

Charlotte - Tanzanite
Zoe - Tanzanite

Alexandra - Indigo
Isla - Amethyst

Christian - Lavender
Kate - Tanzanite

Joshua - Lavender
Kesanet - Violet

Isabella - Indigo
Antony - Indigo

1. Return and Issue books
2. Re-shelf books
3. Keep library tidy
4. Keep library quiet
5.Help children choose books

Well done and good luck!

in our Library

The catholic values of GOODNESS and KINDNESS are nurtured in our library.

Our children are taught to:

& Books!

The children are encouraged to participate in charitable acts.


We often have to remove books from our library in an effort to keep up-to-date and we look to ways of doing this responsibly. 
Often we give these books to our local charity shops or sell them at our Summer Fair to raise money for our school. 
However, recently we were asked by a parent if we had any books to donate to a school in Africa.
We were delighted to help.

Miss Ubani (mother of Callistus in Red Class and Assumpta in Sapphire Class) then organised for these books to be sent to the Elora Destiny International School in Nigeria.
It was fantastic to see children receiving our books and how pleased and excited they were.

It is good to be able to help schools and children in other countries and fulfill our mission of kindness and our mission statement:



What a Star
Kate (Sapphire Class) had a very generous and ingenious idea to donate her comics and graphic novels to a good cause. 

Kate and her brother, Alex, love the comic 'The Phoenix'

and have been reading it for years. They had a huge stack of comics that they had already read and they were keen to put this collection to good use. 

Kate discovered that a school in Aleppo, Syria, were in need of English comics and graphic novels. She was aware that for the people of Syria life had been particularly hard over the last few years and she wanted to help in anyway she could. 

So she organised to package and send her copies of 'The Phoenix' to Syria.

Well done Kate! 
We are so proud of you!

During our library class sessions this week children who joined the
Birthday Book Club 
presented the library with the book they had chosen to donate in celebration of their birthdays.

All the books are chosen by the children and recommended to their class as exciting reads.

Flora (Diamond) & Edith (Yellow)

Amazing adventure books about a school where you meet your own unicorn!

Isabel - Sapphire Class
A fantastic tale full of magical mystical creatures. 

Tito - Indigo Class

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2019. It is a child's perspective on refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness.

Miquel - Amber Class

Bright and entertaining variety of stories. 
Miquel read a few pages to us and it was very funny.

Classic Adventure Story set in Berlin.

Tyler - Blue Class

James (Pearl Class)

Take an outing around London with Maisy - so sweet and fun!

A moving story about the Second World War.

Christian - Indigo Class

Ellie - Indigo Class
A page-turning time travel adventure for children aged 8-11.

Thank you!

Parents & carers helping us to make our library the best it can be!

This week Year 2's trip to the library was not just about sharing a story! 

On a more practical note the children learnt how our library works. 

We use a online library management system called 'The Reading Cloud'

You can access the library system via the school website:, or through the library blog.

The children understood that every book in our library has a code and that every child has a code.

1. Scan code in book
2. Scan code of child

Children had fun issuing the book they wanted to borrow.

Happy Reading Year 2!

All books are borrowed for one week.
Please return your book so that you can get a new one each week.


This week Nursery and Reception classes got a chance to see how their library works.

Some children had fun issuing their own books using our online library management system

Don't tell anyone otherwise Mrs Rooney, our librarian, will be out of a job!!


All the children were given a sticker to thank them for visiting our library and for being such fabulous book readers!

Also, it might help to remind children to return their library books each week.

Nursery Class: Mondays
Reception Class: Tuesdays

See you next week in the library when you can change your books 

(but remember only if you return a book)!


Children from Year 2 enjoying a shared moment in our
cosy reading nook.

"I love the library because you make your imagination bigger and learn lots of new words"
Elizabeth - Diamond Class

"I love Thursdays as it is our day to go to the library"
Heidi - Yellow Class

This week during the library sessions we have been reading stories that remind us
of the virtue of 

'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes tells a reassuring story of how a much-loved toy is lost and finally found again through the kindness of a family. It reminds us that helping someone spreads happiness.

'The Smartest Giant in Town' by Julia Donaldson is a lovely story showing clearly that helping others makes us all better people and part of a community.

The children shared ways in which they had been kind and ways in which they would be kind.

Reception Class

Remember be KIND!


As Father's Day is celebrated on Sunday 16th July 
we thought it was a good time to remind children about how 
important Fathers and Grandfathers are in our families.

We read the humorous and charming 'My Dad' by Anthony Browne

'Grandad' by Rachel Elliot.

Mrs Rooney, the librarian, visited each class to read stories to the children this week.

Pearl Class
White Class
The children enjoyed showing her their classrooms and all the great work
they have been doing.

Orange Class

Wishing you all a 
Happy Father's Day!

We have a new 
in the Library

 Come to the library and read some of the 
wonderful stories from the Bible.

Fill in a speech bubble about a story from the Bible and how it made you feel.

Children thinking and writing about stories from the Bible.
Library display of children's speech bubbles.

Join in!

We celebrated numbers this week in our library classes. 

Did you know there are lots of fun stories all that help with Maths?

Here are a few of them that the children liked.

Counting to ten - Nursery Class

After our story the children spent some time choosing a book to borrow. 
They really enjoy this as we are lucky to have a wonderful collection of books.

Please return your book every week on your library day so that you can get a new one!

Have a good READING weekend!


This week we read from one of our favourite books
'A Bear Called Paddington' by Michael Bond.

The children had fun thinking of the names they would have if they were named after their place of birth. There were a lot of 'Whittingtons'!!

We have lots of new books in the library to share with the children thanks to funds raised by our Book Fairs.

This week during our library sessions children shared some of the books that they have donated to celebrate their birthdays as part of our Birthday Book Club.
Giulia - Amber Class - 'I Want My Hat Back' by Jon Klassen

Elkanah - Orange Class - 'Zoom, Rocket, Zoom' by Margaret Mayo

Ava Grace - Ruby Class - ' The Last Chip' by Duncan Beedie

Henry - Red Class - 'Emergency' by Margaret Mayo

Thank you to all Parents/Carers who have joined our Birthday Book Club and helping to grow our library.

To celebrate St George's Day this week in the library we shared with the children various version of the legend of St George and the Dragon.

Please return all library books this week 
before the Easter Holidays.

Many thanks.

During our class visits to the library this week we are celebrating Mother's Day which is on 
Sunday 31st March.
We have been reading lots of stories about all sorts of mothers and children have been sharing their own stories about their mothers and what they are going to do to make their mothers feel special.

Don't forget that every day is Mother's Day!

The children were really excited during this week's library session as we were showing off our incredible selection of new books. 
We are so lucky that we can keep our library up-to-date with the help of all the money we raise at our BOOK FAIRS.

 If football is your thing we have the 'Frankie's Magic Football' series and 'Girls F.C.' series to get you excited about the game off the pitch as well as on the pitch!

 we have the amazing children's author, Cressida Cowell's, new series, 'The Wizards of Once'.
a magical fantasy set in ancient times.



Milo and Albie - Yellow Class

for your fabulous book donations.


We have some fantastic news.

On Wednesday 27th March 
Year 3 children have been invited to Highgate School to meet the famous children's author 
She is best know for her award-winning 'Horrid Henry' series.

Francesca Simon will be talking about her new book

and the is an opportunity to purchase signed copies.

We will be spending the next few library sessions dedicated to Francesca and her Horrid Henry!


As this is Children's Mental Health Week we have been sharing stories about our feelings and how to keep positive.  We have a good selection of books for every year group in our library about emotions and how to deal with them.

We started off the class sessions by collecting smiles from all the children so demonstrating how being happy is a powerful emotion and how smiling can help make everyone happy.

Wishing you all a smiley weekend!

It's snowing this week so its a perfect time to come in from the cold and read a book in our lovely library. The children are so lucky that they have a charming cosy place to read on these cold, cold days.

During our class sessions this week we were reading from 'Big Bear, Little Bear' by David Bedford.

Little Bear longs to be as big and as fast as his mother. In the cold Arctic snow, Mother Bear shows the little bear cub what it's like to be grown up. It's fun, but maybe being small brings its own rewards too...

We also shared stories by the author, Polly Faber, who came to visit St Joseph's this week.
  Polly has written the well known series 'Mango & Bambang', Picking Pickle' and 'Grab the Rabbit'. 

Polly loved St Joseph's and meeting the children:

"...a lovely school and children and the LOVELIEST library - thank you so much for inviting me!"


Please remember to return your library books each week on your library day so that you can get a new book and a STICKER!!

Nursery/Year 1/Year 6
Reception/Year 3 – Green Class
Year 4/Year 3 – Emerald Class
Year 2/Year 5

Wishing you all a good weekend!

Its's chilly 
out there! 

So this week in the library class sessions we been enjoying stories about snow and bears. 

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The children were reminded about how important it is to remember your manners especially to always say PLEASE and THANKYOU!

We have also been preparing for our special author visit from 
Polly Faber 
next week on Tuesday 29th January. 

She is coming in to talk to Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Her books are available on Parentpay and they will be personally signed by her on the day.

James (Yellow Class) read to the class a few pages from Polly's book
'Superstar Tapir', from the 'Mango and Bambang' series. 
Mango discovered that Bambang had never seen snow and as his best friend she felt it was her job to make sure he experienced the wonder of snow. 

Why not borrow the book from the library and find out what happens next. 
We have several of the 'Mango and Bambang' series in the library.

Well done to James! 
Fabulous reading!

The children have been having fun unwrapping more Christmas presents for the library.

Our library has our very own Advent Calendar counting down to Christmas with a selection of the children's favourite books.

As part of our Christmas celebrations during the class sessions the children will be turning over the advent stars to discover a new book every day.


 We also have a Christmas Present for the library which the children will be unwrapping to reveal a new book for our library every day from now until Christmas.

Many of the stories will be about the Story of the Nativity which we will then share with the children.
White Class visit
Sienna - Orange Class
Emerald Class

Emerald Class

This week during Nursery's library session we read our first story of the Christmas season.

The children all joined in and we worked out that on Saturday it will be 24 sleeps till Christmas!!


The children know that they have to make sure that, unlike Pip in the story, they need to get to bed on time every night so that they will be able to be the first ones up on Christmas morning. Poor Pip slept in and his daddy was the first up!!

Early to bed, early to rise!

Sharing Poetry

Reading 'Comet' by Kate Wakeling

During their library session this week Year 4 had fun reading the poem 'Comet' by Kate Wakeling.
They had to try and read it as fast as they could as if they were the comet shooting through the sky.

It is a real tongue-twister!

Well done!

It was National Poetry Day on Thursday 4th October.
We have spent many weeks with classes from
Reception - Year 6
reading, writing and discussing poetry.

The children have been inspired by our visit from poet, 

Kate Wakeling.

Kate Wakeling spent the day touring the school and sharing her poetry with all classes.

'Moon Juice’ is her first poetry collection for children and won the 2017 CLiPPA (The Award for the Best Children’s Poetry Book). It is a delightful book. 

Borrow it from the library today! 


See just how excited our children are about poetry!!



With the World Cup on everyone's mind, this week in the library the children from Year One helped read a football story. 

 'Football Factor' by Alan Durant and Andrew Chiu are a fun series about the game of football. We talked about football and the fun of supporting a team in the World Cup. The children shared their thoughts about this team sport and how it is just as important to enjoy the game as to compete and win.

We will all be cheering the winner of the World Cup whoever it is.
Good Luck!

During all the library class sessions this week we talked about 
joining in 
with the
Summer Reading Challenge 
over the holidays.

The children had an opportunity to ask questions about the challenge and they all know that there are only 3 steps.

1. Join your local library

2. Borrow and read 6 books

3. Collect your certificate and medal

oh and

4. Have Fun Reading!!


During this week's library session we concentrated on the running of the library and how our online catalogue works.

The children learnt that each book is allocated a unique code and each child has a unique code and when they are scanned together it means that the book has been issued.

After a little demonstration they got a chance to scan the books to either issue them or return them to the library.
Joshua, Henry & Tito using the library scanner (Sapphire Class)

"It was good to get to know how the library runs" said Joshua (Sapphire Class)

See you next week!

This week we read 'We're All Wonders' with the children. It is the unforgettable story of August Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.
It is an inspiring picture book based on the book 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio and made for younger readers to understand the important message of kindness and acceptance. 
'We're All Wonders' shows the children what it's like to live in Auggie's world - a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he's not always seen that way.
Our children shared their thoughts about us all being unique and how it is important to show kindness to everyone.
It was an inspiring story for our end of school year.

The children were also reminded about reading over the Summer and many said that they would be joining the SUMMER READING CHALLENGE at their local library.

We have a few new additions to the library:

1. 'The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan  - the very exciting 2nd book in this new series. Make sure you read the 'Percy Jackson' and 'The Heroes of Olympus' series first though.
(Please note: 'The Trials of Apollo'  - Year 5 & 6 with parental permission)

2. 'Around the World in Eighty Days', based on the story by Jules Verne

3. 'Journey to the centre of the Earth', based on the story by Jules Verne

These are great classic adventure stories especially for Young Readers growing in confidence.

Borrow one today!

During this week's library session we continued with the theme of 'mini-beasts'. We read from the very amusing 'The Crunching Munching Caterpillar' by Sheridan Cain.

The children joined in with the story to make the sounds of the insects that the caterpillar met on it's journey to becoming a butterfly and we had fun finding out who had nibbled the corners of the book! 

The crunching munching caterpillar - of course!!

Another week of good sunny weather has allowed us to enjoy many library sessions outside.

Year 5 came to the library to change their library books and enjoyed some quality reading time outside. 

A very enjoyable afternoon reading!

This week's story was 'Farm' by Mary Novick and Jenny Hale. A lovely interactive lift-flap book introducing the children to the animals found on a farm. 

The children had fun guessing each animal and then making the sound or talking about what each animal did on the farm. 

The class favourite was the cat - meow!


Michael Morpurgo

'The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips' was this week's book.

This is an incredible tale of a deserted village, a lifelong friendship, and one very adventurous cat.

This week the book club was run by two of our junior librarians, Georgine (Violet) and Eadie (Tanzanite).

Firstly, they shared with the children their own personal knowledge of the author, Michael Morpurgo and his books. Then they introduced this week's book giving each child a turn to read and explaining any unusual words or phrases as they went along. One of these phrases was 'shouldn't let my tongue do the thinking for me' which they explained was a saying and mean't that it was best to 'think before we speak'!

Thank you to Georgine and Eadie who did an incredible job.

Next week is the unseasonable 'Snow Tales' by Morpurgo!

This week when Yellow and Diamond class came to the library to change their books they were given a demonstration of how to use the scanner to issue their books. 
They learnt that every book in the library has a unique code 

and every child has a unique code and when they scan them together it means that they have issued a book.

Well done Yellow and Diamond class! 
Everyone is a librarian!

We read from the very delightful 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' as we are learning about mini-beasts. 

The children know the story so well so they joined in. 

This weekend see if you can spot some beautiful butterflies.


During the class sessions we have been reading extracts from the following books:

This is a good way to expand our reading knowledge and begin to read more widely.
Go ahead experiment!


Michael Morpurgo

'Mr Skip' was this week's book.

Believing in magic makes dreams come true...
Jackie dreams of having a horse of her own, one that will be the fastest on the estate, the fastest in all Ireland and the fastest in the world. Mum dreams of a little cottage in the country for her and Jackie to live in. What they get is a garden gnome that Jackie finds in a rubbish skip; one she lovingly repairs and paints; a gnome she calls Mr Skip. And Jackie soon discovers that with Mr Skip, anything is possible.

The children enjoyed reading from this book and sharing their thoughts on other stories that have similar themes such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. 

Can't wait for next week's story from Michael Morpurgo!

This week's story was 'Farm' by Mary Novick and Jenny Hale. A lovely interactive lift-flap book introducing the children to the animals found on a farm. 

The children had fun guessing each animal and then making the sound or talking about what each animal did on the farm.

1. The cow provided the milk
2. The hen laid the eggs
3. The pig rolled in mud
4.The dog rounded up the sheep
5. The cat chased the mouse!

Have a fun trip to the farm!

Matilde (Amber) helping with the reading
We managed to finish the story of 'Horrid Henry's Wedding'this week. 
As was to be expected Henry as a Pageboy lead to a series of disasters.

1. He stood on Prissy Polly's gown and ripped it
2. He lost the rings by tossing them in the air like pancakes and they rolled into the drain
3. He ate so much of the wedding cake it collapsed.

Would you invite him to your wedding??


This week we held our school wide sports day which the children look forward to with great excitement.
It was a good occasion to read from Quentin Blake's 'All Join In'. We shared with the children the important message of everyone participating in all the activities at school so that that together we can all be the best that we can be.
The children particularly like the idea of joining in to eat the 'chocolate fudge banana cake'!!


Michael Morpurgo

'Tom's Sausage Lion' was this week's book.

Tom saw a lion strolling through the orchard with a string of sausages dangling from its mouth. He knows he saw the lion but no-one will believe him.

The children enjoyed reading from this book and meeting Tom's family. They found that they really could relate to Tom and how he felt when no adult will believe him. We talked about that feeling of empathy we have when we understand how someone else is feeling and how important this is. The children shared similar stories.
See you next week for another delightful Morpurgo story!

Outdoor Learning.
This week Red Class during their library session took to the outdoors.
Every child chose a book from the library and we all gathered on our picnic benches to read and share stories. 

A quick change of books for children in Yellow Class.
Happiness is getting a book from your school library!
Have a good weekend!


During our class sessions this week we continued reading from 'Horrid Henry's Wedding' by Francesca Simon. The children were very keen to find out what happened at Prissy Polly and Pimply Paul's wedding. They didn't think that it would be as wonderful as the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan especially with Horrid Henry as a Pageboy. This week he unsuccessfully tried to ruin his pageboy clothes: lilac ruffle shirt, green satin knickerbockers, pink cumberbund, white satin shoes with gold buckles!! 
Next week we will find out what else Horrid Henry is planning on to ruin Prissy Polly's wedding. 
Lunch Time
in the

Time to explore the library

Time to read together

Time to share a story

Time to talk about a book

Time to help younger readers

Time to decide what to read next

Time alone with a book

A very busy reading week!


Michael Morpurgo

'Butterfly Lion' was this week's book.

A moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion. “All my life I’ll think of you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.” Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten. 

The children enjoyed reading from the book and then we spent time predicting possible endings to the story.

This week with the children we talked about the author, Michael Morpurgo and we shared some interesting facts about his life.

1. Michael Morpurgo was born in St Albans in 1943
2.He went to boarding school, which made him very homesick
3. After school he joined the army, which he didn't like either. He left the army and became a primary school teacher in Kent
4.After 10 years he moved to a farm in Devon with his wife to become a full-time writer. A lot of his stories are set on farms
5. Sitting at a desk gives Michael backache, so he writes his novels sitting on his bed.
6. His favourite authors are: Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island) and Ted Hughes (The Iron Man)
7. In 2003 he was Children's Laureate

See if you can find any other interesting facts about his life.

Bring and Buy
Sold my mother at the Summer Fayre
to a year 3 kid. Good buy.
Six quid. A bargain at half the price…
didn’t think twice, I swear.
Found a great mum going spare:
big boots, spiked hair—dyed pink.
So walked her back to mine. Like mates,
our footsteps fell in synch.

Dined on take-aways, lay in bed
but fed-up quick with fast food,
mess and being late for Miss,
took her away instead.
Swapped her for another mother.
This one smarter: slick
side-parting, high-heeled shoes, posh skirt.
Looked like an advert. Tricked.

Should have guessed the rest: the museli,
manners, star charts, tests,
In bed by eight and no buts. Please,
she’s got to leave. Can’t wait.
Then met my real mum,
good as new and maybe better.
Told that kid in year 3, when he’s through
I’ll pay out a tenner to get her.

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This week we were promoting 'Walk to School Week' and encouraging children to walk rather than take the bus or car to get to school. 

Mo Farah's 'Ready, Steady, Mo!' was the perfect book to share with the children. It is a colourful and fun book showing many ways you can exercise whilst going about your daily tasks

"Run in your slippers, 
Run in your vest, 
Run in your onesie, 
Run and get dressed."

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Mo celebrates winning his races with his gesture 'Mobot'. 
Walk to school and celebrate with your own unique gesture.

It's going to be a healthy week!

We read the lovely story 'I Love Holidays' by Anna Walker and the children shared all the things they like to do on holiday.

Go the the beach
Eat ice cream
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Today the children helped me issue the books. 

It is fun and they learn how the library works.

Happy Holidays everyone.
Don't forget to READ!

David Walliam's
'Demon Dentist' was this week's book.
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"Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow.
Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…?"
This week with the children we spent time looking at the way the author chooses to layout his story. We talked about how important the illustrations are to creating his characters. The children said that it helped them to understand how funny the story was.

We had fun reading the prologue aloud together and everyone understood that it was an introduction to the story to come.

Next Term - Michael Morpurgo 

Happy Half-term!


David Walliam's

'Awful Auntie' was this week's book. 

Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her.

The children took it in turns to read and then talked about how they hoped that no one had an auntie like Alberta. We discussed how much the illustrations by Tony Ross really helped with comprehension and made the characters come alive.

See you next week!

To mark the occasion of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding this week we have been reading stories about weddings.

These are great stories not only about weddings but about how we should always choose to do the right thing. 
The children understood the message: 
Be Brave, Be Honest!
live happily ever after!

Horrid Henry is up to his usual tricks. Will he ruin his cousin, Prissy Polly's wedding? It is lucky that he has not been invited to the Royal wedding on Saturday!!

We all wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle much happiness!


The children were very keen for their library session this week as it was, not only, a chance to change their books, but to find out the conclusion of  Michael Morpurgo's  
'The Fox and The Ghost King'.
Last week we left the foxes when they had made the acquaintance of the ghost king and they were deciding whether they would dig a tunnel to lead the archaeologists to him. As foxes love to dig they helped him and the King (Richard III) was discovered and given a state burial in Leicester Cathedral.  Then the strangest thing began to happen! Leicester City began to win and they did not stop winning until they won the League. It was unbelievable! Had the Ghost King kept his promise to the foxes that Leicester City would win. Some people actually believed that it was the foxes who had brought good luck to Leicester and perhaps they were right!!

This story was based on fact as in August 2012, King Richard III was found under a Leicester car park, and a right royal turnaround in the Foxes' fortunes began, with their long-awaited return to the top flight, the Premier League, in 2014.

Coincidence or a touch of magic?!!

Thank you Mr Bhol for a fantastic recommendation.

If you liked 'The Fox and the Ghost King' why don't you borrow another book by the author, Michael Morpurgo or perhaps, if you would like to read a little more about King Richard III you could try, 'I Was There...Richard III' or 'Richard III: A Shakespeare Story'.

See you in the Library!

Image result for red postboxThis week Reception classes went on a trip to the local Postbox to post some letters. 
On their return I went to visit them in their classroom.

We had fun reading a poem called 'The Postman' by Clive Samson and the children all joined in stamping their feet to the 
'Rat-a-tat-tat' sound of the postman knocking on a door to deliver his letters.

Well done!


There was great excitement this week during the library sessions for Years 3 and 4 as the children were eager to hear the next episode in Michael Morpurgo's fabulous book 
'The Fox and The Ghost King'.
Last week we left the foxes making their way home after their football club, Leicester lost to Chelsea. Whilst they hunted for worms (to cheer themselves up) they heard a man's voice coming from the ground below asking for help. He introduced himself to the foxes as the 'King of England' and not unnaturally the foxes were a little incredulous at first. However, as everyone knows, foxes are cunning so when the 'King' offered to grant them any wish in return for their help they agreed to dig a tunnel to release him.
Can they trust each other? 

We can't wait to find out next week! 


David Walliams

Billionaire Boy was this week's book. 

As it was such a lovely day we held the book club outside and gathered around a picnic table and we read Chapter 5 where Joe (billionaire boy) realises he has a friend he can trust in Bob. It is quite a sweet moment. The children talked about the importance of  trust in friendship. We also learnt the meaning of incredulity.
Incredulity (Noun): doubtful that something is true.

See you all next week!

Reception are off to the Post next week so I thought I would get them ready by reading from the 'Jolly Postman'. We talked about how to send letters and what information we need on the envelope - name, address and stamp. 
We read a very funny letter from Goldilocks to baby bear apologising for eating his porridge and breaking his chair and even inviting him to her birthday party. We talked about how it is important to say sorry when we do something wrong and try to make it up by doing something nice!

Happy Days!


This week for Year 3 and Year 4 class library sessions we have started to read from the fantastic Michael Morpurgo book, 'The Fox and the Ghost King', which has been recommended by Mr Bhol. The children were really intrigued to know what foxes and football have in common. Did you know that a fox is the mascot for the Leicester City Football Club? He even has a name, Filbert!
We can't wait for next week to find out what foxes and ghosts have in common!!


We celebrated St George's day recently so during the library sessions this week we listened to a variety of stories about St George and his dragon.
We particularly liked the one where the dragon is afraid of the mouse!!

See you next week!


David Walliams

This week we read from 'Gangsta Granny'.
The story opens with Ben, a little boy, being dropped off to stay with his granny so that his parents could go ballroom dancing. The children took it in turns to read and then we talked about how the author introduces the main character of the granny. We hear about her from Ben's point of view which is very negative  - "But Granny is soooo boring".  The children predicted that the author did this so that when we meet granny our expectations are low and then are surprise at her actions is so much greater. Very interesting and helpful in creating suspense in our own work.

See you all next week!

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We have launched a weekly lunchtime book club for children in Years 3 and 4.

We meet every Wednesday lunchtime in the library and share and chat about books.

Welcome to our Book Club

Emerald Class - Rachel, Chloe and  Anna.
Green Class - Isabel, Eleanor, Noemie, and Elizabeth
Sapphire Class - Grace K
Blue Class - Taylor, Stevie, Chloe

This term we are learning about the author, 
David Walliams
and his books.


This week we read from 'Mr Stink' and we all agreed it was hilarious.
Everyone got a chance to read and then we had a lively discussion about the character of Mr Stink and whether he was likeable or not. We all thought that it was a good that this was not a scratch 'n' sniff book!

Can't wait till next week!

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Football School Season 1: Where Football Explains the World

Illustrated by Spike Gerrell


A new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through football.


The first book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads.

· When do footballers poo?
· Can you play football on Mars?
· What is a magic sponge?

You will find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as history, geography, biology and maths. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football. Your coaches at Football School, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, are journalists, broadcasters and award-winning science and sports writers. Their knowledge, enthusiasm and engaging writing make them the perfect team to teach you how to score with your head.
Categories: Non-Fiction
For readers aged: 7+

As it is Numbers Day on Friday 2nd February this week during our class library sessions we were celebrating stories and rhymes featuring numbers.

Ruby Class listening to 'Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes'

Red Class joining in with 'One, Two, Buckle My Shoe'

Noah - Amber Class reading Action and Counting Rhymes

Happy Numbers Day!

We are reading some fabulous stories about animals and peoples that live in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

So far we have read the following books:

The children are having fun sharing  all they are learning in the classroom on this topic.

We are reading fairy tales during our library sessions. 
So far we have read:

The Magic Porridge Pot
Jack and the Beanstalk

As many of the children know the story already they can join in and share their ideas about the characters and messages in the tales.

We will continue reading from our favourite tales through-out this term.

Welcome back from the School Library!

This week we have been reading Christmas stories to the children. 

We are so lucky that we have so many Christmas books in our school library. 
The children's favourite is 'Twas The Night Before Christmas', by Clement C. Moore.

A must-read on Christmas Eve.

Puffin Virtually Live Event

Year 5 tuned into the Puffin Virtually Live webcast for a spectacular drawing masterclass. 

The line-up: 
  • Adam Hargreaves - son of Roger Hargreaves, who continues his father's popular Mr. Men and Little Miss series of children's books, and this year has illustrated the Dr Men series
  • Nadia Shireen, picture book mastermind behind BumbleBear
  • Jeff Kinney, author and illustrator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Ali-A, who’s been inspired by his new graphic novel Game On!, illustrated by Alek Sotirovski
  • Malala’s inspiring new picture book, Malala’s Magic Pencil, illustrated by Kerascoët
  • R. J. Palacio, multi-talented author of Wonder, shares latest technology for creating book covers

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These are some of the books that Year 6 are reading at the moment.

Why don't you borrow one of these titles next time you are in the library?
They all come highly recommended by Year 6.

Welcome back!

This term we will be reading stories during our library sessions on the theme of winter.
We started off with reading the lovely folk tale of 'Stone Soup' about hungry and weary travellers arriving in a poor village and how they all managed to create a hearty meal by sharing.
The children had lots of thoughts of how we could share to make our school a better place.

We all get to borrow a book out of the library for the week.
Don't forget to bring it back next week so you can get another book!


To celebrate Black History Month this week Year 4 listened to the inspirational life story of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States and the first black president. The children shared their knowledge about Obama and discussed Nelson Mandela, an incredible man who had been imprisoned for many years and in 1994 was elected president of South Africa. 

We have many books in our library on the inspirational lives of people like
Mo Farah
Malorie Blackman
Foella Benjamin
Martin Luther King

Take a look!

Reception come to the Library

We had a fun morning when our children from Reception visited the Library.

All the children joined in with the rhyme 'Animal Voices' from Julian Donaldson's book 'Wriggle and Roar!

Each child gets to choose a book to borrow from the Library for one week. 

Please remember to return your library books each week on your library day and then you get to choose another one. 


 This week during their library session children from Year 5 were having fun celebrating 

As this year's theme is
the children had written their own poems and we had a fun recital in the Library.

There will be a prizes of £5 Book Vouchers for our November Book Fair.
The best poem on FREEDOM from each class in Years 3 - 6 will win a prize.

Final Day for entries for the COMPETITION is Thursday 5th October. 

Be Creative!

National Poetry Day

Join in with the COMPETITION for Years 3,4,5 & 6

Reading Lists 

The summer is a wonderful time to catch up on our reading. 

The Core Booklist has been published by The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) since 1996. 

Year 5 and 6 – Literature list

A greyhound of a girl by Roddy Doyle
Aesop’s Fables by Beverley Naidoo
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Carroll
Arthur, High King of Britain by Morpurgo
Bill’s new frock by Anne Fine
Boy in the tower by Ho-yen
Charlotte’s web by E B White
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales by Marcia Williams
Classic fairy tales by Berlie Doherty
Classic poetry by Michael Rosen
Clockwork or all wound up by Pullman
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Danny Champion of the world by Roald Dahl
Fairy tales by Terry Jones
Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick
Fortunately the milk by Neil Gaiman
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Goblins by Reeve
Goodnight Mister Tom by Magorian
Goth girl and the ghost of a mouse by Riddell
Greek Myths by Williams (comic strip)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by Rowling
Howl’s moving castle by Wynne Jones
I was a rat! Or the scarlet slippers by Pullman
Journey to the river sea by Ibbotson
Little mouse’s big book of fears by Gravett
Love that dog by Creech
Madame Pamplemousse and the time-travelling café by Kingfisher
Michael Rosen’s A to Z the best children’s poetry from Agard to Zephaniah
Mortal Engines by Reeve
Noah Barleywater runs away by Boyne
One dog and his boy by Ibbotson
One thousand and one Arabian nights by McCaughrean
Phoenix by S F Said
Pig Heart Boy by Blackman
Rooftoppers by Rundell
Secret Friends Laird
Skellig by Almond
Sky Hawk by Lewis
Stay where you are and then leave by Boyne
Storm by Crossley-Holland
Street Child by Doherty
Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The dancing Bear by Morpurgo
The eye of the Wolf Pennac
The fastest boy in the world by Laird
The fire-eaters by Almond
The garbage King by Laird
The graveyard book by Gaiman
The green ship by Blake
The hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson (narrative poem)
The last wild by Torday
London Eye Mystery by Dowd
The midnight fox by Byers
Mystery of the clockwork Sparrow by Woodfine
The no 1 car spotter by Atinuke
The Savage by Almond
The Unforgotten coat by Cottrell Boyce
The wolfwilder by Rundell
Wreck of the Zanzibar by Morpurgo
There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom by Sachar
Tom’s midnight garden by Pearce
Two weeks with the Queen by Gleitzman
Varjak Paw by S  F Said
Wolf Brother by Paver
Wonder by Palacio

Year 3 and 4 – Literature list

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
My Funny Family by Chris Higgins
Who’s afraid of the big bad book? By Lauren Child
Fairy tale by Tony Ross
The fastest boy in the world by Elizabeth Laird
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Emil and the detectives by Erich Kastner
The borrowers by Mary Norton
Greek Myths by Marcia Williams
Aesop’s fables by Beverly Naidoo
Beware of the storybook wolves by Lauren Child
Danny Champion of the world by Roald Dahl
Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman
Lost happy endings by Carol Ann Duffy
Varjak Paw by S F Said
Charlotte’s web by E B White
The Iron Man (illustrated by Laura Carlin) by Ted Hughes
The Lion and the unicorn by Shirley Hughes
Into the forest by Anthony Browne
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
One dog and his boy by Eva Ibbotson
Earwig and the witch by Diana Wynne Jones
Storm by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Goth girl and the Ghost of a mouse by Chris Riddell
I was a rat! Or the scarlet slippers by Philip Pullman
Madame Pamplemousse and the time-travelling café by Rupert Kingfisher
Classic Fairy Tales by Berlie Doherty
Pugs of the frozen north by Philip Reeve
Demolition dad by Phil Earle
Oliver and the seawigs by Philip Reeve
The dancing bear by Michael Morpurgo
Angry Arthur by Oram
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Asterix the Gaul by Goscinny
Bananas in my ears by Michael Rosen
Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
Your a Bad Man, Mr Gum by Andy Stanton
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Green eggs and ham by Dr Seuss
Hiccup: how to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell
Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
John Patrick Norman McHennessy by John Burningham
Living with Vampires by Jeremy Strong
On the way home by Jill Murphy
Piggybook by Anthony Browne
Shhh! By Sally Grindley
Sophie’s snail by Dick King-Smith
Space race by Malorie Blackman
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
The boy who cried wolf by Tony Ross
The cat in the hat by Dr Seuss
The day I swapped my dad for two goldfish by Neil Gaiman
Suitcase kid by Jacqueline Wilson
War and Peas by Michael Foreman
Who’s that banging on the ceiling? By Colin McNaughton
Willy’s pictures by Anthony Browne

Year 1 and 2 – Literature list

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
Bears don’t read by Emma Chichester Clark
Burger Boy by Alan Durant
Claude in the city by Alex T Smith
Dear mother goose by Michael Rosen
Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Foxy and the egg by Alex T Smith
Frog and the stranger by Max Velthuijs
George Speaks by Dick King-Smith
I will not ever NEVER eat a tomato by Lauren Child
Jamela’s Dress by Niki Daly
Katie Morag, Of course! By Mairi Hedderwick
Lion at school and other stories by Phillippa Pearce
Little old Mrs Pepperpot and other stories by Alf Proysen
Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett
Mr Wolf’s pancakes by Jan Fearnley
Poems to perform by Julia Donaldson
Pumpkin soup by Helen Cooper
Rama and the Demon King by Jessica Souhami
The dark by Lemony Snicket
The diary of a killer cat by Anne Fine
The heart and the bottle by Oliver Jeffers
The jolly postman by Ahlberg
The magic finger by Roald Dahl
The man who wore all his clothes by Ahlberg
The owl who was afraid of the dark by Tomlinson
The pirates next door by Jonny Duddle
The Puffin book of fantastic first poems
The snail and the whale by Julia Donaldson
The Whisperer by Nick Butterworth
Tom’s sausage Lion by Michael Morpurgo
Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne


Aaaaarrgghh, Spider! By Lydia Monks
Alfie gets in first by Shirley Hughes
Anna Hibiscus’ Song by Atinuke
Avocado Baby by John Burningham
Bedtime for monsters by Ed Vere
Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray
Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey
Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek
Can’t you sleep, Little Bear? By Martin Waddell
Christopher Nibble by Charlotte Midleton
Dogger by Shirley Hughes
Elmer by David McKee
George and the dragon by Chris Wormell
Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
I love you, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark
I’m a girl! by Yasmeen Ismail
Iris and Isaac by Catherine Rayner
Katie Morag delivers the mail by Mairi Hedderwick
Katie’s picture show by James Mayhew
Kipper’s birthday by Mick Inkpen
Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers
Oh No, George! By Christ Haughton
Otto the book bear by Katie Cleminson
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Peepo! By Ahlberg
Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek
Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley
Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars!here come the dinosaurs by Kay Umansky
That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell
The bog baby by Jeanne Willis
The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy
The scariest thing of all by Debi Gliori
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
The  Way back home by Oliver Jeffers
There’s going to be a baby by John Burningham
What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

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Summer Reading!

It's too hot to read inside so we took the books out to our lovely sunny patio!
How lucky are we!

Have a good weekend - see you on Monday!


It is Maths week and we will be having fun reading in the Library from our many stories with numbers at their heart.
Picture Books can really bring Maths alive for children especially when they get to interact with the story.

Here are a few more titles that you may want to check out -
Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek
One Lucky Duck by Alison Maloney
Engines, Engines: An Indian Counting Rhyme by Lisa Bruce

The celebrate FATHER'S DAY on Sunday 18th June during the library sessions we have been reading books all about Daddy and sharing all the special things we love about our daddies.

To celebrate Year 1's Victorian week we read from
'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland',
an 1865 novel written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures.
It was written following a boat trip Dodgson took with the Liddell family in Oxford. Liddell's daughter, Alice, had asked Dodgson to tell them a story to liven up the trip.

Alice Liddell
Victorian Book Jacket
Next time you take a trip think about making up a story to pass the time.


This week in the library the children have been learning all about our patron saint - St George.

Once upon a time there was a brave knight called George. George

had lots of adventures as he travelled by horse across many lands.

One day he came to a small village and met a man who lived in a cave

next to the village.

The hermit told the knight about the awful things that were

happening there. A terrible dragon had come to live in the lake and attacked the village every day.

The villagers didn’t know what to do. First, they gave the dragon all their food, but the dragon just

took the food and still attacked the village.

So then the villagers gave the dragon all the animals from their farms. The dragon took all the

animals, but continued to attack the villagers.

So then they gave the dragon all their gold and jewels. The dragon took all their money, but still was

not satisfied.

The king sent his army to try and capture the dragon, but the dragon was too strong and the

knights of the army were too scared and they ran away.

With nothing left to give, the king could only think of one thing to help protect his people. He sent his

only daughter, the princess, to the lake to wait for the dragon.

When George heard this he rode as fast as he could to the lake. Just then the dragon jumped out

from the lake and was going to eat the princess.

George attacked the dragon. He fought very bravely, won the fight and killed the dragon. George and

the princess returned to the village and everyone was very pleased that they would have no more

problems with the dragon.

Today, the story of George’s bravery is remembered and George is known as the patron saint of

many countries.

We read and watched different versions of the legend of St George; some funny and some sad.




Have you read all these books?

This week in the library all classes were celebrating poetry.

We were reading and performing poems from Julia Donaldson's brilliant book 'Poems to Perform'.

We are so lucky we have so many poetry books to choose from you our library.

The children were having so much fun play-acting and hunting for the rhyming words.
Now why don't you have a go at writing your own poetry.
It's as easy as 1,2,3!

This week in the Library
 is helping us with our counting.

We have been reading the wonderful 'Mister Magnolia' and 'Cockatoos'.
 have been enjoying counting the Cockatoos and helping me find their hiding places in the magnificent illustrations.

Aesop's Fables

This week in the library during our class sessions we have been having fun with Fables

The children have been listening to classic fables by Aesop and trying to guess the moral messages behind them.

The children also learnt a little about the writer.
Aesop was born in Greece around 620 BC and was a fabulist or story teller who wrote a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Many of the tales are characterized by animals that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics and there is always a moral to be learnt.

The Lion and the Mouse - Do not judge someone by appearance.
The Frog and the Ox - Pride can be costly.
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Pretending to be what you are no can bring trouble.

There are many books available that re-tell Aesop's Fables. Why not try this one by Michael Morpurgo.

More to learn next week!

Fairy Tales

January see Nursery classes enjoying the great fairy tale stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and many more.

National Poetry Day

We were celebrating National Poetry Day this week in the library.
All class sessions had poetry readings from poems as diverse 'The Tiger' by William Blake and 'Macavity: The Mystery Cat' by T.S.Elliot and 'On The Ning Nang Nong' by Spike Milligan.

Puffin Books '100 Best Poems for Children', Chosen by children and Edited by Roger McGough is fantastic.

The children have been writing their own poetry which we are displaying in the library.

Come on in!

As part of our Roald Dahl celebrations during our class sessions for the past two weeks we have been concentrating on his writing.

The children have been listening to extracts from his books being read by celebrities such as Chris O'Dowd reading from 'The Fantastic Mr Fox' and Julian Rhind-Tutt reading from 'James and the Giant Peach'.

We even had an appearance of Mr Fox in our library!!

You can listen to more excerpts of Roald Dahl's books if you follow the link:

We played games where the children made up names for their Roald Dahl character and played quizzes to test their knowledge of the writer and his books.

Did you know that Roald Dahl's favourite composer was Beethoven and his favourite colour was yellow?

It has been a brilliant celebration and the Roald Dahl books have been flying off the shelves!

Lots of Dahlicious reading going on!

Every week classes visit the library to borrow books and hear a story.
These are the books each year is currently listening to:



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