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"The world belongs to those who read!"  Rick Holland.

New Outdoor Reading Area

The children at the Junior site have been enjoying the beautiful new 'quiet area', particularly the cupboard chock full of books and magazines. We are adding brand new books this week, with a selection of the latest popular graphic novels. 

Outdoor reading at the Juniors

World Book Day

Wow, what an amazing World Book Day! Thank you so much to everybody that took part and for all of the thought and effort that went into your fantastic costumes. You all looked fabulous! Each class spent the whole day reading and working on a chosen book, which generated heaps of fun, creative activities such as poetry writing, mixed-mediea collage, sculpture and digital animation. 

World Book Day 2022


Book Reviews

Not sure what to read next? Find out which books our staff love. 

Mrs Harris - Year 3 teacher


‘I recently enjoyed Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray. It's a mysterious fantasy adventure that opens with a whale marooned on a city church roof. It's fast-paced and is full of jaw-dropping twists and turns. There are some chilling moments that literally sent shivers down my spine! I would recommend this book for children in years 5 and 6. Read this if you like His Dark Materials or Brightstorm.’

Orphans of the Tide is available to borrow on the Library's free app 'Libby'.


                                       Cats React to Science Facts by [Izzi Howell]

If you have been in my class, then you will know that I love Science. I am also very fond of cats. So, when I discovered the book Cats React to Science Facts by Izzi Howell, I was thrilled. This book is jam-packed with interesting facts from key Science topics, such as the human body, materials and astronomy. There are also cats... LOTS of cats! On each page, a furry friend measures the facts on a 'react-o-meter' to decide if they are Wow! Or Gross! Or Mind-Blowing! With bright and bold images, hilarious jokes and puns, and cute kitties throughout, this is a great book for any age, but I particularly recommend it for children in Years 1-3. 


Mrs Mckeever - Year 3 teacher


'I really love Adam Bestwick’s ‘More ketchup please? Ruby’s tomato tale’. It's a very fun read for anyone who loves ketchup or knows someone who does! It tells the story of a little girl called Ruby who, as a baby, was fed ketchup in her bottle instead of milk by accident. As she grows up, her love for ketchup causes all kinds of havoc. It would be a great read to share with a friend or family member as there are lots of opportunities to join in together as well as fantastic pictures to look at. I particularly enjoyed the unexpected end too. I won't spoil it for you, but it will leave you smiling… I would recommend this book for our younger readers.' 


 Mr Wardroper - Year 5 teacher

      Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Book 1) eBook : Horowitz, Anthony: Amazon.co.uk:  Kindle Store

 'As a lover of action and adventure, the Alex Rider books from Anthony Horowitz are the perfect reads for me. There are a number of books in the Alex Rider series, and all of them are fantastic; I started with ‘Stormbreaker’ and worked through the series chronologically. However, you can pick up and read them in any order. In Stormbreaker, main character Alex is a schoolboy who is suddenly thrust into a life of danger, thrills and espionage when he realises that his family aren’t quite as normal as he thought. Horowitz magnificently describes Alex’s emotional journey as he transforms from “every-day-kid” to the next James Bond. I recommend this book for year 5 and 6 readers who enjoy action and adventure.'

The Alex Rider series is available to borrow on the Library's free app 'Libby'.


Mrs Stephen - Year 6 teacher

  The Night Bus Hero (Paperback) - Onjali Q. Rauf | Jarrold, Norwich


'The main character in this book is called Hector who makes unfortunate choices most of the time. He’s got so little understanding of the world that he has no sympathy for a local homeless man called Thomas (who is taking up space in the park, and sleeping on a bench that Hector would like to sit on!).

When a spate of London landmark sculptures are suddenly stolen, including Paddington Bear and the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus, Hector is convinced the crimes have been carried out by homeless people led by Thomas – but not long after he reports Thomas to the police, he realises that he's got it horribly wrong. Hector then has to undertake a race against time to make sure that justice is done.

This book really made me think about the real human beings whose lives are impacted by homelessness - and about the power of kindness, friendship, and empathy. By the end of the book, Hector shows us how everyone has the potential to change for the better. This is a gripping tale with a strong moral at its heart and I found learning about the homeless code absolutely fascinating. Although it started off a bit slowly, once it got going, I didn’t want to put it down. I would definitely recommend this book, which is most suited to children in Years 5 & 6.'

Mrs Munro - TA and resident artist. 

        Framed : Cottrell Boyce, Frank, Lenton, Steven: Amazon.co.uk: Books

'Framed, by Frank Cottrell Boyce is a little gem of a book. It’s the story of a sleepy little town in Wales called Manod where nothing seems to happen, until one day something wonderful changes everything.  The story is told by young Dylan Hughes, the only boy left in town, whose family runs the Manod gas station.  Through his innocent, friendly voice we get to know his family and lots of the town’s people.  Just when Manod seems about to fall off the map and the family is in deep financial trouble, the National Gallery in London decides to store all its paintings in an abandoned mine in the little town, to protect them from local flooding. As one by one, the people of Manod get exposed to the beautiful artwork, gradual changes take place that will warm your heart and save the town. This book is about people and a town discovering not only who they are, but who they can be.'

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