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This year's theme for National Poetry Day is "TRUTH" and so we have chosen a poem by the children's poet, Liz Brownlee, which is about the young climate activist, Greta Thunberg. Greta is an inspiration to all children as she shows how one young person can, and is, making a difference.
Greta Thunberg by Liz Brownlee
When the whole world is deaf
by greed and by choice,
how do you change things
with only your voice?
It’s hard to be noticed,
harder to be heard
but she stood up and spoke,
could not be deterred.
What made them listen?
What cut through their lies?
Not the pollution
or the fast melting ice,
not the experts or science,
not hunger or flood,
not the extinctions
our hands red with blood,
it was her steady gaze,
on our planet, alight,
her desperate calm,
her demand, make it right,
it’s what we’ll recall
of her fight for our youth,
her luminous words
her courage, her truth.
This year the theme for National Poetry is CHANGE
We have chosen a poem which reflects the changing of the seasons. We have also put up poems in the library which are about other kinds of change, like metamorphosis and how we are changing our environment.
The Garden Poem by Sara Coleridge
January brings the snow,
makes our feet and fingers glow.
February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.
March brings breezes loud and shrill,
stirs the dancing daffodil.
April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daises at our feet.
May brings flocks of pretty lambs,
Skipping by their fleecy damns.
June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children's hand with posies.
Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.
August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.
Warm September brings the fruit,
Sportsmen then begin to shoot.
Fresh October brings the pheasants,
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.
Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.
Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.
Read For Good - Final News
Read for Good - Week 3
This is the last week of our Read for Good Sponsorship Challenge - don't forget to bring your sponsorship forms and sponsorship money to Mrs Pritchard at the beginning of next week!
Read for Good - Week 2
For the next couple of weeks we are running a "Read for Good" reading challenge to help raise money for children in hospitals and to get vouchers for new books for the library. Our Senior Pupil Librarian, Holly-Rose and Reader Leader, George, will be keeping us up to date on this page with what is happening. Here is the blog for Week 1:-
Favourite Children’s Authors and Illustrators 2018
Earlier this year Scholastic ran a poll to see who our favourite Children's Authors and Illustrators are.
Nearly 1000 voters, including teachers, parents and book-lovers from everywhere, took part in this poll. The top five for each age group are listed below – so read on to see if your favourites made the list!
Books for ages 3–7
1. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (78% of the votes for this age range)
2. Eric Carle
3. Allan Ahlberg
4. Judith Kerr
5. Nick Sharratt
Books for ages 7-9
1. Roald Dahl (75% of the votes for this age range)
2. Michael Morpurgo
3. Enid Blyton
4. Jacqueline Wilson
5. Dick King-Smith
Books for ages 9-11
1. David Walliams (64% of the votes for this age range)
2. Terry Pratchett
3. Chris Riddell
4. Jeff Kinney
5. Rick Riordan
Books for 11+
1. J.K. Rowling (38%of the votes for this age range)
2. J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Philip Pullman
4. Anthony Horowitz
5. Louis Sachar
"Freedom" can be interpreted in many ways. We have chosen this beautiful poem by A A Milne which is all about the freedom to go anywhere by using your imagination:-
The Island, by A.A. Milne
If I had a ship,
I'd sail my ship
I'd sail my ship
Through Eastern seas;
Down to a beach where the slow waves thunder -
The green curls over and the white falls under -
Boom! Boom! Boom!
On the sun-bright sand.
Then I'd leave my ship and I'd land,
And climb the steep white sand,
And climb to the trees
The six dark trees,
The coco-nut trees on the cliff's green crown -
Hands and knees
To the coco-nut trees,
Face to the cliff as the stones patter down,
Up, up, up, staggering, stumbling,
Round the corner where the rock is crumbling,
Round this shoulder,
Over this boulder,
Up to the top where the six trees stand....
And there I would rest, and lie,
My chin in my hands, and gaze
At the dazzle of the sand below,
And the green waves curling slow
And the grey-blue distant haze
Where the sea goes up to the sky....
And I'd say to myself as I looked so lazily down at the sea:
"There's nobody else in the world, and the world was made for me."
Lauren Child becomes the 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2017-2019
The bestselling and award winning author and illustrator Lauren Child will take over from Chris Riddell.
Lauren Child has written many children’s books including the popular Charlie & Lola series and will take up the post for two years.
Reflecting on her role over the next couple of years, Lauren Child said ‘I want to inspire children to believe in their own creative potential, to make their own stories and drawings and ignite in them the delight of reading for pleasure’.
Lauren received a specially commissioned Children’s Laureate medal from outgoing Laureate Chris Riddell.
PUPIL LIBRARIAN NEWS!
With the money we raised from our book sale and raffle we were able to buy these books chosen by each class for the library.
1 Choose a book, spark your imagination
When you pick up a book, a brand new world awaits. World Book Day inspires creativity, so get stuck in!
2 Bring your favourite books to life
Read, write, draw, dress-up – there’s loads you can do to make the stories you love even more fun
3 Meet your local bookseller
They love books too – and can tell you ALL the best ones to enjoy
4 Discover brilliant authors and illustrators
There are so many out there, we’ll help you find your new favourites!
5 Raise lots of money
Not only will you have so much fun, you’ll also raise money for charity!
Don’t miss out, get involved and get your head in a book! Happy World Book Day . . .
22nd November 2016
Here are all the lovely new books we were able to buy with our Readathon Reward Voucher for the library. Thank you once again to everyone who took part!
New "If you liked the film - you'll love the book" display
We have a lovely new display in our library showing books (all of which are available in the library)
which have become popular films. We hope the children will check out the display and be inspired to read the books which have been adapted into some of their favourite films!
Tuesday 20th September 2016.
Last week we handed out the job application form below for the role of Pupil Librarian to Years 4, 5 and 6. All the pupils enjoyed using the form as a life skill practice and we have now received 15 applications to consider for interview, out of which 4 will be selected. Good luck everyone!
The Queen's 90th Birthday Display
With the aim of inspiring and informing the children about our Majesty's 90th birthday, the library has got a new display to mark and celebrate this occasion. Enjoy!
The aim is to read one book from each of the seven categories below:-
Myths and Legends
Stepping into Someone’s Shoes
Magic & Mystery
Each category has a different colour sticker. The children collect 7 stickers on their cloud which sits with the others around the library rainbow. Once they have completed the challenge, the child keeps their cloud and gets a certificate. They can complete the challenge as many times as they like.