Library Time

Friday, 22 September 2017

Year 3 are enjoying the books they have chosen from the junior library. They have discovered many interesting fiction books as well as fascinating information ones.




Jill Tomlinson

Friday, 8 September 2017

Welcome back to school for the new academic year. Our new author of the term is Jill Tomlinson.
She was born in 1931 and did not intend to becoma a writer, in fact she trained as an opera singer. Whilst her voice was maturing she decided to have a family. However she did not manage to return to singing as she became ill and was forced to look for something else to do. She decided to begin a journalism course and by the third lesson had changed her mind again and focussed on writing for children. Jill soon found that it was not easy to persuade publishers to print her first story, The Bus Who Went To Church, but at her 17th attempt she did manage to persuade a compnay to do it. She loved animals and subsequently wrote many stories about them. Arguably her most famous book is The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark. Jill loved reading her stories to children and would quite often visit her local primary school to read to them. She was bubbly, caring and funny children loved her.
Unfortunately she suffered from multi sclerosis and died suddenly in 1976. Over 40 years after her death the books are still well loved, classic stories and continue to be read today.




Animal Agents

Monday, 17 July 2017

As the school year comes to an end please bear in mind that children can take part in the summer reading challenge which is being held in all libraries across the borough. This year's theme is 'whodunnit'. A crime has been committed in the library, there are various suspects and the animal detectives have been called to solve it. As children read six books, of their choice, and collect stickers the culprit will become clear to them. Each child that completes the challenge will receive a gold medal and a certificate in the autumn term.
Havering had the highest completion rate of all london boroughs in 2016 at a very impressive 79%. Hopefully we will be able to continue this success and committment to reading.
This is a fun, free activity for children to take part in during the school holiday and also helps to keep up their reading ready for their return in September.
For more information use the internet and type in the search bar animal-agents.org.uk.




Mrs Martin


Library Books

Friday, 14 July 2017

Just a reminder that if you still have not returned you library books you need to do this on Monday please. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mrs Martin

Competition

I am pleased to annouce that the winner of the letter writing competition is Molly Joyce. She imagined that she was an evacuee called Hannah and wrote a letter home to her Mum. She has won a copy of JacquelienWilson's new book 'Wave Me Goodbye' and her entry will be sent forward to the national competition. Good luck Molly.
Thank you to all of the children who entered.

Mrs Martin




Library Books

Friday, 7 July 2017

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, all library books need to be returned next week. A list has been given to each class teacher if you are unsure what book you have or alternatively come into the library to see me. Unfortunately if a book has been lost a contribution of £2.50 will need to be paid into your Squid account help meet the cost of a replacement. No further books will be loaned before the end of term.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Mrs Martin

Competition

Monday, 26 June 2017

Just a reminder that the closing date for the Jacqueline Wilson letter writing competition is Friday. If you would like to enter please hand your letter to be by the end of the school day. There are some amazing prizes to win. Make sure you include your name and class.


Competition

Friday, 9 June 2017

I would like to announce an exciting competition that I am running in the Library along with First News and Jacqueline Wilson. I would like you to write a formal letter to someone who lives far away, it can be a family member, friend or a made up person it dosen't matter. However you must not include any text words such as M8's or emojis. Your letter can be printed or hand written and a maximum of 750 words. Winners will be chosen and receive a book as their prize then their letters will be entered into a national competition. If you win that competition as well the amazing prize is a chance to meet Jacquelin Wilson herself. Your letter will also be included in one of her next stories and you will receive a whole host of books for yourself and the school. Hand to me by 30th June, which is the closing date. Remember to include you name and class on your entry. A display of the letters will be created in the library area for everyone to see.


For further information go to:

Website: first.news/creativejacqueline
       Tab: kids stuff
       Tab:funstuff/things to do and see.

I'm looking forward to reading your letters. Good luck.

Mrs Martin



Malorie Blackman OBE

Thursday, 20 April 2017

This term the focus author is Malorie Blackman OBE. She has written over 60 books for children and teenagers which have been translated into 15 languages. Malories loves science and computers and sometimes uses these subject as a base for her books. In fact before she became an author she was a computer programmer. In her free time Malorie likes to write poetry, compose music, play the piano and play computer games. In her role as Children's Laureate,  (from 2013 - 2015), Malorie promoted reading and reading for pleasure at every opportunity. She is passionate about reading and responds to anyone who says they do not like reading by saying "you haven't found the right book yet".




 Come to the Library and have a look at what there is to borrow, you may just find the 'right book for you'.

Book Fair

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Scholastic book fair to celebrate World Book Day and reading. It was very busy and lovely to see children and adults browsing through the book selction. With your help we have raised a very impressive £310 in commission which is almost double the amount we raised last year.
Your support is very much appreciated.







Red Nose Day

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Junior Library has turned a lovely shade of red to celebrate Red Nose Day. All of the dispaly books have a red cover why not read one just for fun? The photograph shows a small example of the books you can choose from.


Competition Winners

Monday, 13 March 2017

We had a fantastic for world book day 2017 last week. As predicted there were many Mad Hatters, Alice's, Queen of Hearts and Cheshire Cats. The design a bookmark competition as very well supported and all winners chose something from the book fayre. Well done and a big thank you to everyone who entered.





World Book Day 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017

World Book Day 2017

It's World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March and it is celebrating it's 20th Birthday. It is an opportunity to appreciate books and the enjoyment of reading in a fun and focussed way. Our theme for the day, in fact the week, is Alice in Wonderland the fantastic book written by Lewis Carroll. Children and staff are invited to dress up as one of the characters from the story. Hopefully there will be many Alices, cheshire cats, white rabbits and Mad Hatters.
 
A Scholastic Book Fayre will be held in the Junior Hall after school on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Monday 6th of March. Opening times will be 3.10-3.45. This will give everyone a chance to browse through the book selection and hopefully buy one. Every child will be given a £1 voucher which will enable them to have a £1 discount from any book priced at £2.99 or more.

I am also running  a design a bookmark competition for all year groups. Teachers have been given blank bookmarks this morning for everyone to colour, draw or desgin something fantastic. The closing date is Thursday 2nd March. The competition will be judged Friday morning and the winners will be collected to choose their prize from the book fayre.

There  are also 10 specially written and printed books just for World Book Day. These are available form bookshops and some supermakets at just £1. If you take your voucher along with and you choose one of these books it will be free. Definitely worth having a look at.

However you are celebrating World Book Day have fun.












Comedy Genre

Monday, 16 January 2017

The focus genre for this half term is comedy and funny stories. There are joke books, picture books and generally funny stories available. All of them will put a smile on your face and brighten the dark winter days. So if you want to lift your mood and have a laugh come and have a look in the library.

Adam Blade

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Adam Blade is our author of the spring term. He is the author of the very popular series Beast Quest and Sea Quest.

These fantastic adventure stories follow the main character Tom as he tries to save Avantia from evil forces. Tom also embarks on seemingly impossible quests to solve problems. There are magical beasts, dragons and evil enemies included in all the stories which make them very exciting to read.. There are many books to choose from in the Library as well as in class book corners.

 ADAM BLADE FACTS


Adam is in his late twenties and was born in Kent. The inspiration for his books came from his fascination of a sword and shield that hung in his father’s office along with paintings that his father completed of historic English battles. As a child he often imagined himself in the battles as a hero warrior saving the day.

Adam’s parents were both history teachers and artists and their influence can be seen in the way Adam spends his free time. He loves to visit museums and ancient battle sites. As far as hobbies are concerned Adam takes part in football and fencing. He also spends a great deal of time looking after his pet tarantula Ziggy and his capuchin monkey Omar.

If you would like to have a look at the Beast Quest website where there is further information about the book series and games to play go to www.seaquestbooks.co.uk.


Is this the face of Adam Blade?




There have been suggestions that Adam Blade is not the author of Beast Quest. It is actually a pseudonym for four authors who collectively write the stories and publish the books under the name of Adam Blade. This remains a mystery as it has not been confirmed or denied.