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Football School Season 1: Where Football Explains the World

Illustrated by Spike Gerrell


A new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through football.


The first book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads.

· When do footballers poo?
· Can you play football on Mars?
· What is a magic sponge?

You will find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as history, geography, biology and maths. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football. Your coaches at Football School, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, are journalists, broadcasters and award-winning science and sports writers. Their knowledge, enthusiasm and engaging writing make them the perfect team to teach you how to score with your head.
Categories: Non-Fiction
For readers aged: 7+

As it is Numbers Day on Friday 2nd February this week during our class library sessions we were celebrating stories and rhymes featuring numbers.

Ruby Class listening to 'Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes'

Red Class joining in with 'One, Two, Buckle My Shoe'

Noah - Amber Class reading Action and Counting Rhymes

Happy Numbers Day!

We are reading some fabulous stories about animals and peoples that live in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

So far we have read the following books:

The children are having fun sharing  all they are learning in the classroom on this topic.

We are reading fairy tales during our library sessions. 
So far we have read:

The Magic Porridge Pot
Jack and the Beanstalk

As many of the children know the story already they can join in and share their ideas about the characters and messages in the tales.

We will continue reading from our favourite tales through-out this term.

Welcome back from the School Library!

This week we have been reading Christmas stories to the children. 

We are so lucky that we have so many Christmas books in our school library. 
The children's favourite is 'Twas The Night Before Christmas', by Clement C. Moore.

A must-read on Christmas Eve.

Puffin Virtually Live Event

Year 5 tuned into the Puffin Virtually Live webcast for a spectacular drawing masterclass. 

The line-up: 
  • Adam Hargreaves - son of Roger Hargreaves, who continues his father's popular Mr. Men and Little Miss series of children's books, and this year has illustrated the Dr Men series
  • Nadia Shireen, picture book mastermind behind BumbleBear
  • Jeff Kinney, author and illustrator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Ali-A, who’s been inspired by his new graphic novel Game On!, illustrated by Alek Sotirovski
  • Malala’s inspiring new picture book, Malala’s Magic Pencil, illustrated by Kerascoët
  • R. J. Palacio, multi-talented author of Wonder, shares latest technology for creating book covers

Log-on and watch at:

These are some of the books that Year 6 are reading at the moment.

Why don't you borrow one of these titles next time you are in the library?
They all come highly recommended by Year 6.

Welcome back!

This term we will be reading stories during our library sessions on the theme of winter.
We started off with reading the lovely folk tale of 'Stone Soup' about hungry and weary travellers arriving in a poor village and how they all managed to create a hearty meal by sharing.
The children had lots of thoughts of how we could share to make our school a better place.

We all get to borrow a book out of the library for the week.
Don't forget to bring it back next week so you can get another book!


To celebrate Black History Month this week Year 4 listened to the inspirational life story of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States and the first black president. The children shared their knowledge about Obama and discussed Nelson Mandela, an incredible man who had been imprisoned for many years and in 1994 was elected president of South Africa. 

We have many books in our library on the inspirational lives of people like
Mo Farah
Malorie Blackman
Foella Benjamin
Martin Luther King

Take a look!

Reception come to the Library

We had a fun morning when our children from Reception visited the Library.

All the children joined in with the rhyme 'Animal Voices' from Julian Donaldson's book 'Wriggle and Roar!

Each child gets to choose a book to borrow from the Library for one week. 

Please remember to return your library books each week on your library day and then you get to choose another one. 


 This week during their library session children from Year 5 were having fun celebrating 

As this year's theme is
the children had written their own poems and we had a fun recital in the Library.

There will be a prizes of £5 Book Vouchers for our November Book Fair.
The best poem on FREEDOM from each class in Years 3 - 6 will win a prize.

Final Day for entries for the COMPETITION is Thursday 5th October. 

Be Creative!

National Poetry Day

Join in with the COMPETITION for Years 3,4,5 & 6

Reading Lists 

The summer is a wonderful time to catch up on our reading. 

The Core Booklist has been published by The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) since 1996. 

Year 5 and 6 – Literature list

A greyhound of a girl by Roddy Doyle
Aesop’s Fables by Beverley Naidoo
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Carroll
Arthur, High King of Britain by Morpurgo
Bill’s new frock by Anne Fine
Boy in the tower by Ho-yen
Charlotte’s web by E B White
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales by Marcia Williams
Classic fairy tales by Berlie Doherty
Classic poetry by Michael Rosen
Clockwork or all wound up by Pullman
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Danny Champion of the world by Roald Dahl
Fairy tales by Terry Jones
Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick
Fortunately the milk by Neil Gaiman
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Goblins by Reeve
Goodnight Mister Tom by Magorian
Goth girl and the ghost of a mouse by Riddell
Greek Myths by Williams (comic strip)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by Rowling
Howl’s moving castle by Wynne Jones
I was a rat! Or the scarlet slippers by Pullman
Journey to the river sea by Ibbotson
Little mouse’s big book of fears by Gravett
Love that dog by Creech
Madame Pamplemousse and the time-travelling café by Kingfisher
Michael Rosen’s A to Z the best children’s poetry from Agard to Zephaniah
Mortal Engines by Reeve
Noah Barleywater runs away by Boyne
One dog and his boy by Ibbotson
One thousand and one Arabian nights by McCaughrean
Phoenix by S F Said
Pig Heart Boy by Blackman
Rooftoppers by Rundell
Secret Friends Laird
Skellig by Almond
Sky Hawk by Lewis
Stay where you are and then leave by Boyne
Storm by Crossley-Holland
Street Child by Doherty
Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The dancing Bear by Morpurgo
The eye of the Wolf Pennac
The fastest boy in the world by Laird
The fire-eaters by Almond
The garbage King by Laird
The graveyard book by Gaiman
The green ship by Blake
The hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson (narrative poem)
The last wild by Torday
London Eye Mystery by Dowd
The midnight fox by Byers
Mystery of the clockwork Sparrow by Woodfine
The no 1 car spotter by Atinuke
The Savage by Almond
The Unforgotten coat by Cottrell Boyce
The wolfwilder by Rundell
Wreck of the Zanzibar by Morpurgo
There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom by Sachar
Tom’s midnight garden by Pearce
Two weeks with the Queen by Gleitzman
Varjak Paw by S  F Said
Wolf Brother by Paver
Wonder by Palacio

Year 3 and 4 – Literature list

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
My Funny Family by Chris Higgins
Who’s afraid of the big bad book? By Lauren Child
Fairy tale by Tony Ross
The fastest boy in the world by Elizabeth Laird
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Emil and the detectives by Erich Kastner
The borrowers by Mary Norton
Greek Myths by Marcia Williams
Aesop’s fables by Beverly Naidoo
Beware of the storybook wolves by Lauren Child
Danny Champion of the world by Roald Dahl
Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman
Lost happy endings by Carol Ann Duffy
Varjak Paw by S F Said
Charlotte’s web by E B White
The Iron Man (illustrated by Laura Carlin) by Ted Hughes
The Lion and the unicorn by Shirley Hughes
Into the forest by Anthony Browne
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
One dog and his boy by Eva Ibbotson
Earwig and the witch by Diana Wynne Jones
Storm by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Goth girl and the Ghost of a mouse by Chris Riddell
I was a rat! Or the scarlet slippers by Philip Pullman
Madame Pamplemousse and the time-travelling café by Rupert Kingfisher
Classic Fairy Tales by Berlie Doherty
Pugs of the frozen north by Philip Reeve
Demolition dad by Phil Earle
Oliver and the seawigs by Philip Reeve
The dancing bear by Michael Morpurgo
Angry Arthur by Oram
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Asterix the Gaul by Goscinny
Bananas in my ears by Michael Rosen
Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
Your a Bad Man, Mr Gum by Andy Stanton
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Green eggs and ham by Dr Seuss
Hiccup: how to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell
Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
John Patrick Norman McHennessy by John Burningham
Living with Vampires by Jeremy Strong
On the way home by Jill Murphy
Piggybook by Anthony Browne
Shhh! By Sally Grindley
Sophie’s snail by Dick King-Smith
Space race by Malorie Blackman
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
The boy who cried wolf by Tony Ross
The cat in the hat by Dr Seuss
The day I swapped my dad for two goldfish by Neil Gaiman
Suitcase kid by Jacqueline Wilson
War and Peas by Michael Foreman
Who’s that banging on the ceiling? By Colin McNaughton
Willy’s pictures by Anthony Browne

Year 1 and 2 – Literature list

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
Bears don’t read by Emma Chichester Clark
Burger Boy by Alan Durant
Claude in the city by Alex T Smith
Dear mother goose by Michael Rosen
Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Foxy and the egg by Alex T Smith
Frog and the stranger by Max Velthuijs
George Speaks by Dick King-Smith
I will not ever NEVER eat a tomato by Lauren Child
Jamela’s Dress by Niki Daly
Katie Morag, Of course! By Mairi Hedderwick
Lion at school and other stories by Phillippa Pearce
Little old Mrs Pepperpot and other stories by Alf Proysen
Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett
Mr Wolf’s pancakes by Jan Fearnley
Poems to perform by Julia Donaldson
Pumpkin soup by Helen Cooper
Rama and the Demon King by Jessica Souhami
The dark by Lemony Snicket
The diary of a killer cat by Anne Fine
The heart and the bottle by Oliver Jeffers
The jolly postman by Ahlberg
The magic finger by Roald Dahl
The man who wore all his clothes by Ahlberg
The owl who was afraid of the dark by Tomlinson
The pirates next door by Jonny Duddle
The Puffin book of fantastic first poems
The snail and the whale by Julia Donaldson
The Whisperer by Nick Butterworth
Tom’s sausage Lion by Michael Morpurgo
Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne


Aaaaarrgghh, Spider! By Lydia Monks
Alfie gets in first by Shirley Hughes
Anna Hibiscus’ Song by Atinuke
Avocado Baby by John Burningham
Bedtime for monsters by Ed Vere
Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray
Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey
Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek
Can’t you sleep, Little Bear? By Martin Waddell
Christopher Nibble by Charlotte Midleton
Dogger by Shirley Hughes
Elmer by David McKee
George and the dragon by Chris Wormell
Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
I love you, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark
I’m a girl! by Yasmeen Ismail
Iris and Isaac by Catherine Rayner
Katie Morag delivers the mail by Mairi Hedderwick
Katie’s picture show by James Mayhew
Kipper’s birthday by Mick Inkpen
Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers
Oh No, George! By Christ Haughton
Otto the book bear by Katie Cleminson
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Peepo! By Ahlberg
Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek
Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley
Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars!here come the dinosaurs by Kay Umansky
That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell
The bog baby by Jeanne Willis
The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy
The scariest thing of all by Debi Gliori
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
The  Way back home by Oliver Jeffers
There’s going to be a baby by John Burningham
What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

Check out the website for more information:

Summer Reading!

It's too hot to read inside so we took the books out to our lovely sunny patio!
How lucky are we!

Have a good weekend - see you on Monday!


It is Maths week and we will be having fun reading in the Library from our many stories with numbers at their heart.
Picture Books can really bring Maths alive for children especially when they get to interact with the story.

Here are a few more titles that you may want to check out -
Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek
One Lucky Duck by Alison Maloney
Engines, Engines: An Indian Counting Rhyme by Lisa Bruce

The celebrate FATHER'S DAY on Sunday 18th June during the library sessions we have been reading books all about Daddy and sharing all the special things we love about our daddies.

To celebrate Year 1's Victorian week we read from
'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland',
an 1865 novel written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures.
It was written following a boat trip Dodgson took with the Liddell family in Oxford. Liddell's daughter, Alice, had asked Dodgson to tell them a story to liven up the trip.

Alice Liddell
Victorian Book Jacket
Next time you take a trip think about making up a story to pass the time.


This week in the library the children have been learning all about our patron saint - St George.

Once upon a time there was a brave knight called George. George

had lots of adventures as he travelled by horse across many lands.

One day he came to a small village and met a man who lived in a cave

next to the village.

The hermit told the knight about the awful things that were

happening there. A terrible dragon had come to live in the lake and attacked the village every day.

The villagers didn’t know what to do. First, they gave the dragon all their food, but the dragon just

took the food and still attacked the village.

So then the villagers gave the dragon all the animals from their farms. The dragon took all the

animals, but continued to attack the villagers.

So then they gave the dragon all their gold and jewels. The dragon took all their money, but still was

not satisfied.

The king sent his army to try and capture the dragon, but the dragon was too strong and the

knights of the army were too scared and they ran away.

With nothing left to give, the king could only think of one thing to help protect his people. He sent his

only daughter, the princess, to the lake to wait for the dragon.

When George heard this he rode as fast as he could to the lake. Just then the dragon jumped out

from the lake and was going to eat the princess.

George attacked the dragon. He fought very bravely, won the fight and killed the dragon. George and

the princess returned to the village and everyone was very pleased that they would have no more

problems with the dragon.

Today, the story of George’s bravery is remembered and George is known as the patron saint of

many countries.

We read and watched different versions of the legend of St George; some funny and some sad.




Have you read all these books?

This week in the library all classes were celebrating poetry.

We were reading and performing poems from Julia Donaldson's brilliant book 'Poems to Perform'.

We are so lucky we have so many poetry books to choose from you our library.

The children were having so much fun play-acting and hunting for the rhyming words.
Now why don't you have a go at writing your own poetry.
It's as easy as 1,2,3!

This week in the Library
 is helping us with our counting.

We have been reading the wonderful 'Mister Magnolia' and 'Cockatoos'.
 have been enjoying counting the Cockatoos and helping me find their hiding places in the magnificent illustrations.

Aesop's Fables

This week in the library during our class sessions we have been having fun with Fables

The children have been listening to classic fables by Aesop and trying to guess the moral messages behind them.

The children also learnt a little about the writer.
Aesop was born in Greece around 620 BC and was a fabulist or story teller who wrote a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Many of the tales are characterized by animals that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics and there is always a moral to be learnt.

The Lion and the Mouse - Do not judge someone by appearance.
The Frog and the Ox - Pride can be costly.
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Pretending to be what you are no can bring trouble.

There are many books available that re-tell Aesop's Fables. Why not try this one by Michael Morpurgo.

More to learn next week!

Fairy Tales

January see Nursery classes enjoying the great fairy tale stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and many more.

National Poetry Day

We were celebrating National Poetry Day this week in the library.
All class sessions had poetry readings from poems as diverse 'The Tiger' by William Blake and 'Macavity: The Mystery Cat' by T.S.Elliot and 'On The Ning Nang Nong' by Spike Milligan.

Puffin Books '100 Best Poems for Children', Chosen by children and Edited by Roger McGough is fantastic.

The children have been writing their own poetry which we are displaying in the library.

Come on in!

As part of our Roald Dahl celebrations during our class sessions for the past two weeks we have been concentrating on his writing.

The children have been listening to extracts from his books being read by celebrities such as Chris O'Dowd reading from 'The Fantastic Mr Fox' and Julian Rhind-Tutt reading from 'James and the Giant Peach'.

We even had an appearance of Mr Fox in our library!!

You can listen to more excerpts of Roald Dahl's books if you follow the link:

We played games where the children made up names for their Roald Dahl character and played quizzes to test their knowledge of the writer and his books.

Did you know that Roald Dahl's favourite composer was Beethoven and his favourite colour was yellow?

It has been a brilliant celebration and the Roald Dahl books have been flying off the shelves!

Lots of Dahlicious reading going on!

Every week classes visit the library to borrow books and hear a story.
These are the books each year is currently listening to:



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