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Explore Learning Writers Award Competition 2020!

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reading Blog

Hello all, 

I am sharing with you all a really exciting opportunity for our pupils and school. 

Explore Learning are holding a competition for young writers across the country. 

The theme his year is "hidden talents".

All your child has to do is write a 500 word story featuring a hidden talent and submit it through the link below. 

https://www.explorelearning.co.uk/writersawards/

The competition is open to children from the ages of 4 - 14 and is being judged by Radio DJ Greg James!

There will be a winner chosen from KS1, KS2 and KS3 - then an over all winner. 

Each winner will receive, An iPad, an Apple Pencil and keyboard for the iPad and £250 towards an experience day!

The overall winner will also receive a MacBook Pro, an extra £750 towards an experience day, a special celebrity guest visit for school plus £500 worth of books for our school library!

This competition is not compulsory. Although we would love it if a lot of the pupils took part. 

We will be sharing information and ideas about it in class to inspire everyone.

Who knows! We might have the next Roald Dahl sat in one of our classrooms right now!

Happy Writing!

Miss Roclawski

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Summer Reading Challenge

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reading Blog

Hello all, 

Please find below the information about this year's Summer Reading Challenge.

This year's reading challenge from The Reading Agency will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books!

 

Children can register for the challenge through the Leeds Library website )linked here), The Library Service recommend that children read 6 books over the summer holidays but they can set their own target when they sign up, which can be changed at any time.

Normally at this time of year Leeds Librarians would be busy visiting primary school assemblies to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. As things are different this year we have three resources for you to access from home:

  • Watch this short film from our Librarians, Elaine Hardy and Matt Stoppard, introducing the Summer Reading Challenge and sharing useful resources to help children stay reading during the summer.
  • We have created a silly and interactive Twine resource to use in classrooms and homes to promote the challenge and encourage children to sign up. The Twine resource has been created using images from our Leeds Libraries Special Collections, we hope you enjoy it. We recommend saving the Twine resource from the google drive link and opening it using a Chrome browser.
  • Finally, Mark and Sam from CBBC launch this years Summer Reading Challenge and introduce the Silly Squad in this promo video on The Reading Agency's YouTube channel!

 Also launching at our Sign-up Saturday is our fantastic Silly Squad collection of eBooks and eAudio books on Borrowbox. This collection of books can be downloaded by multiple people at the same time so you don’t have to wait for the book you want. Look out for stories by Laura Ellen Anderson (this year's Summer Reading Challenge illustrator) as well as Tony Ross, Jacqueline Wilson, Konnie Huq, Russell Brand and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. You can also browse our full range of junior and teen eBooks and eAudio books on Borrowbox, as well as our comics and graphic novels, suitable for all ages. If you don't already have a library account you can join online, please contact libraryenquiries@leeds.go.uk or 0113 378 5005 if you have any issues.


Over the summer holidays we will have lots of online Silly Squad activities across our Facebook and Twitter pages including; theatre, storytellers, craft activities, Code Club and Lego Club. We’ll also be regularly updating our Leeds For Learning Resource Page and Leeds Libraries website with Summer Reading Challenge information over the coming weeks.

Hope you can all take part!

Miss Roclawski 

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Free Harry Potter Audio Book

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reading Blog

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B017V54W6O?ref=adbl_ent_anon_ds_pdp_pc_cntr-2-0

Click the link to stream the amazing Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone!

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Draw Along Activity

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http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob

Every day at 10am you can join in with an online masterclass with famous illustrator Rob Biddulph

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Free online book resources if you are self isolating or due to school closure

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reading Blog

 Hello all, 

Please find below a series of links that you can use with your children while they are either self isolating, or if school has to close. 

Free e-books linked to your child's reading level https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

BBC Sounds - lots of free audio books for children on here https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds

A list of free e-book sites https://www.tckpublishing.com/free-ebooks-for-kids/

Astronauts reading from space https://storytimefromspace.com/

I will be retweeting LOTS of links to authors reading stories aloud. @GPSlovesreading

Youtube has a number of famous people reading children's books daily. I'll link to these on Twitter as well. 

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Thank you!

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reading Blog

Wow!

What a success! We can't thank you enough for supporting our Book Swap!

Over 400 books have been brought in and they are just fantastic!

I'll update the blog later with lots of pictures!

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World Book Day 2020 £1 Books

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World Book Day Ideas 2020

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reading Blog

Out WBD theme this year is favourite word!

Below are some costume ideas, however if you google "vocab parade" there are lots more online!

Thank you!

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World Book Day 2019 Assembly!

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World Book Day went off with a bang as we started the day showing off our costumes to the whole school!

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World Book Day 2019 Assembly!

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reading Blog

World Book Day went of with a bang as we started the day showing off our costumes to the whole school!

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