Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Contest Winner! 'Charlie and the Factory Glass' by Bahgi

Bahgi's enthusiasm was clear from the start: this was the first entry for the competition I received by a long way! Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl is a fantastic book and Bahgi had some very interesting things to say about it.

This was the winning book review because of how thoughtful it was. Bahgi has considered not only what she liked about the book she's chosen, but also the author himself and his other books. Well done Bahgi!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Now Showing: The Thieves of Ostia

Did you know that Romans wiped their bottoms with a sponge on a stick?

Did you know that some really rich Romans had slaves just to do their hair?

Did you know that Romans would eat stuffed dormice and ostrich tongues?

All this and more is waiting to be seen on the pages of The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

If you missed any of the library readings of George's Marvellous Medicine then here is a treat: the whole book read by Rik Mayall. He even mixes up his own batch of the medicine! 

Remember: don't try making this at home!

Over the last few weeks Year 2 have been hearing George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Later in the year the children will be learning more about Roald Dahl and reading more of his books, so it's great that they have enjoyed this book so much!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Contest Winner! 'The Voices' by Natalia

'The Voices' by Natalia in Year 6 was the other poem to win. It is impressively creepy and utterly chilling. Wrap up under the covers for this one! Congratulations Natalia for scaring me badly enough I had to give you a prize. Enjoy!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Contest Winner! 'The Kiss of Death' by Alexandra

'The Kiss of Death' was a clear winner. Alexandra spent an amazing amount of time writing, drawing, planning and designing it. All that work clearly shows, as does how much she cared about creating not just a story, but the book to contain it.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Contest Winner! 'The Caretaker Does His Job' by Olivia

As promised I will be posting the winning entries of the writing competition over the next few weeks. First up is 'The Caretaker Does His Job!' by Olivia in 4J.

This was one of the poetry winners and it was a clear winner from the start. The poem really captures the voice of a grumpy caretaker and has a brilliant twist. I'm sure you will enjoy it as much as I did. Well done Olivia!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Library Display!

There's a new display up in the library. Come and have a look! 
Do you know who all these characters are?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Who's Who: Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is one of the most popular children's writers there is. Most of you will have read or seen the Gruffalo but how about these other brilliant books:

Sunday, 23 November 2014

New books!

As promised Santa has visited the library!
What will you read first?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

We've been reading The Horse and His Boy in Year 5's library sessions and it has proved very interesting.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Library Days!

Every class has a day on which they visit the library as a class. They listen to a story, talk about it and then change their library books.

If you're not sure what your day is, or you are a parent who wants to make sure your child's library book is in their bag on the right day then here are the days for each class:

This image can also be found here where it will be updated whenever there are any changes to the library schedule. The link is also on the sidebar, so it is always easy to find!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas is coming!

And so is Father Christmas!
Can you see what books he is bringing to the library?
Keep an eye on the shelves!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

This week 3D, having finished the Twits, started listening to a new book in the library: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell.

This book (and the others in the huge eleven book series!) are hugely popular in the library, and now Year 3 is starting to borrow them too!

Here are a couple of things you should know about the series...

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The End!

St. Joseph's book fair is over!

Thank you so much to everyone who visited, and who bought books at the fair over the last few days. 

We broke all our Book Fair records and sold a staggering number of books. That means that St Joseph's has earned more than £1,300 of books for the library and the classrooms. Exact figures will be posted soon!

Your support and enthusiasm for the book fair and for this school have been breathtaking. Please keep watching this blog for all the exciting things planned for the library and for literacy at St. Joseph's in the coming weeks.

Thank you again and enjoy your books!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Writing Competition!

Five pieces of writing today earned vouchers for the Book Fair. There were a lot of absolutely brilliant entries and choosing the winners was not easy. It is fantastic to see so many children getting excited about writing.

Well done to the winners, but also to everyone who wrote something. Thank you for giving us all something new and wonderful to read.

With the winners' permission we hope to publish their work on this blog in the next week.

Stay posted and well done again to everyone!

We've been reading at the Book Fair!

All the classes have now visited the fair and we read some new books together.

The Scarecrow's Wedding is the new book from Julia Donaldson, author of the Gruffalo. It's every bit as sing-song-silly as you'd expect and Year 1 had lots of interesting things to say about it!
No-Bot the Robot is a very silly story about a robot who loses his bottom! Nursery and Reception had a great time together giggling over this one!

Please stop by the fair if you haven't yet; tomorrow is the last day so don't miss out!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Here comes the Fair!

The book fair has arrived! 

Starting at 8:15am tomorrow you can visit and buy books! It will be open at this time every school day until Wednesday and again after school until 4:00pm each of those days.

Access is through the conservatory that leads to the Reception area from the Junior Playground. There will be signs and posters to help you find it!

See you there!

Someone's excited for the book fair! Are you?

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

For anyone taking part in the writing competition we are running for the book fair, here are a few tips from a successful author, Anthony Horowitz, on how to learn to write well from his interview on Newsround:
  • Read lots!
  • Write lots!
  • Get excited and have adventures!
  • Believe you can do it!
  • Have fun!

Here are just SOME of the books he's written:

 ... so it's safe to say he knows what he's talking about! The full interview is on the Newsround website here.

Happy writing!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Book Fair!

St Joseph's Book Fair is almost here! Here are a few things you need to know:

From Friday the 7th to the 12th of November books will be available to browse and buy before school from 8:15 and after school until 4:00 in the reception area, with access directly from outside (signs will be posted!).

Each class will have a chance to visit the book fair during the week to explore and make a note of which books they really like.

Best of all, any books bought at the fair also earn free books for the school! It's a great opportunity for everyone.

If you would like more information & some cost saving options please go to http://bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/parents

There is also a chance for children to win one of five vouchers for the book fair. Find out more here.

See you there!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Who's Who: Eoin Colfer

We've got a lot of books by Eoin Colfer in the library! Have you read any of them? Here are a few you might like: