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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Developing literacy skills during Book Week


We organised a week of exciting activities for our Book Week. The culmination of this week was a Friday afternoon assembly to celebrate all the work that had been done.

Reception class showed their work, on Rapunzel, to the School: they had drawn some amazing pictures.

Year One read the Hobbit by J.R Tolkein and, in class, using story boards re-told in their own works, and illustrated, parts of the book.

Year Two shared Burmese tales with a moral meaning.
 
From Year Three, Anna and Cleo shared the beginnings of their stories based on Baba Yaga, a Russian Tale: in doing so they achieved their targets of being able to use sophisticated 'connectives'.
 
Year Four had been looking at Anansi Stories from Ghana.  During the week they illustrated, re-told and analysed these tales.
 
Emma, from Year Five, summarised the story of Les Miserables and read it out to the School, explaining the moral in the story.  Year Five also looked at animated tales of Anansi and re-told them on stage, emphasising the moral for us all to heed!
 
Year Six had been studying 'Journey From Jo'Burg’ by Beverly Naidoo, using different writing styles.  For example, the pupils wrote a letter in the role of the main character.  They also looked at folk tales from the West Indies, Turkey, Poland and Africa, examining the main features of this genre, comparing and contrasting, followed finally by writing their own tales amalgamating two tales from around the world.
 
A 'design a book cover' competition was held and the winners were Ose in Year Six, Kirsty and Josie from Year Five, Nathaniel and Emilia from Year Four, Pia and William from Year Three, Joanne in Year Two, Leila in Year One and, last but not least, Somma in Reception.
 
Thanks to all our children for their fantastic work and for extending their literacy skills by sharing stories from all around the World.  Thank you also to parents for supporting this special week.

Matthew Rimmell, Literacy Leader