Please contact me if you have any book recommendations, book queries, or are having login difficulties with either MyOn or Accelerated Reader. Please give your child's name and class if relevant.
World Book Day takes place nationally on Thursday 4th March, but St Teresa's, like many other schools, have decided to defer it until all the children are back in school and we will be celebrating it on Thursday, 18th March instead. We will not be dressing up, so please don't buy/make a costume, but we will be planning lots of exciting activities for what is one of the most popular days in the school year. Further details will be sent out shortly.
However, if you want to look at some of the resources available for this year's World Book Day, I am attaching some links.
Part of my role in school is to champion reading at St Teresa's. I am a very keen reader, particularly of children's books- a habit formed before I had even started school. As a young child, I would spend hours lost in the exciting pages of a book, transported to different lands and times. I was hungry for adventures and friendships lived out through memorable characters. I used to pretend that I was Anne Shirley, the protagonist of the Anne of Green Gables stories, and imagined myself a writer just as the heroine did.
Through the pages of books, I was an explorer, discoverer, villain, hero, princess, pirate..... I gobbled up words like a ravenous ogre; I created paintings in my mind, like an artist on a canvas, using the vivid descriptions from books. The stories I read and the characters I met fuelled my imagination and filled my mind with knowledge - such was the power of reading. This page is to share my passion for reading and to invite you to share yours too. The page will have a section for our Reading Ambassadors, lots of support and information about Accelerated Reader in KS2 and our school library, Royal Shakespeare Company Associate Schools Programme, Book recommendations and lots of book talk plus details of initiatives, offers and competitions.
Hope you enjoy this page,
During the lockdown, I am adding some links to provide library experiences for the children. This will include story-reading sessions with authors, book sharing and discussion and other relevant activities. Please also check out the Accelerated Reader and MyOn sub-pages on the Reading Rocks page which will provide details of our online reading platform available for ALL pupils.
The links will appear here:
Reading is one of the most important skills we learn. Understanding what we read is a core skill for everything else we do into adulthood. That is why we, at St Teresa's, want to champion reading. Click the link below to read more, including the value of reading for 20 minutes a day, dads reading with their children and other valuable insights.
Accelerated Reader is a scheme for readers in Years 4,5 & 6 and free readers from Year 3. The scheme celebrates Reading for Pleasure and will enable the children to choose within a range of books suitable for their age, interest, and ability and, when they have finished, take a short quiz to earn points. To find out more, click the link to our Accelerated Reader page below.
Here are my latest recommendations across the age groups. Click on the star to see my choices for your age group. Newly updated and re-organised (14/2)
Drop me an email with your pictures and thoughts about anything you have read recently and I will include it on this page.
Here are your recommendations.
The link that follows is our Amazon wish list of books that we would like for our classrooms and library. This list is updated regularly. We are particularly keen to acquire books to fill the gaps in our Accelerated Reader book rages - particularly books at the lower end and higher end which are under-resourced. In time, the list will be reorganised into key stages. Books donated through our Amazon Wish list will be sent directly to the school with details of who has donated the book.
Thank you for donations in the last couple of weeks from Dr Gemma Jones, Christina Murray, Corinne Nixon and Evangeline Davies, Hayley Bennett
The library is looked after by Mrs Griffith, ably assisted by Year 6 librarians. We operate the library like a public library using the Dewey classification system for non fiction and numerical order now, for fiction, based on Accelerated bandings.
Since taking on responsibility for the library, we have pruned our non-fiction and reference stock to ensure that what we have on the shelves is up to date and relevant. We have also invested £1000 in new fiction, much appreciated by the children. A shelf of more challenging books for mature readers in Years 5 & 6 has been established. These books are rich in vocabulary and challenging in content. We want our most gifted readers to find books that might ordinarily not be available.
A slight reorganisation in the library, including an extra bookcase has enabled us to display our new books in a way that is appealing to our young people. An audio library has also been developed. Our overall ambition is to digitise our library so that we can monitor stock more closely and scan books in and out more efficiently. Just before school closed for the summer break, a busy staff and volunteer team labelled all our KS2 books ready for September when Accelerated Reader is rolled out for Years 4,5 and 6.
Mrs Griffith opens the library at lunchtime twice a week for quiet reading and Year 6 librarians have another lunchtime to tidy shelves, label and repair books.
We are children from each class chosen to be Reading Ambassadors because we love reading. We launched the new library stock last year and ran the "Guess Who? teachers with books" competition last Christmas. This year, we hope to make a bigger impact.
This page is to discuss themes in books or to share gossip about new releases.
Check out this page for details of book-based competitions, reading challenges, public library events and special book-related offers. UPDATED 18th October
In September 2019, St Teresa’s began a new project as an Associate School with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Marlowe theatre in Canterbury. We are very excited to be involved. As a school, our 10:10 aspirations, include the opportunity for children to perform and be in a production. I was lucky enough to receive some amazing training both in the Marlowe Theatre but also in Stratford-upon- Avon, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, working with directors and actors to learn skills to bring back and share in the classroom.
Our drama club is for years 5 & 6 and runs at capacity. Using all the techniques learned, the children are exploring Shakespeare. Latterly, the children were to eagerly participate in an open-air festival We were to perform from Macbeth and we were looking at creative ways to perform collectively. The RSC had lead a music workshop in school to help us develop our own soundscape to use in our festival performance. Sadly, the pandemic has curtailed that opportunity for this year but we look forward to new opportunities in the next academic year.
The following resources might be useful as we continue lockdown.
Fearne Cotton , TV presenter, has written a lot about children's mental health and this extract from her latest book, "The Mood Journal" might provide a few activities to address children may be feeling.
The Book of Hopes, compiled by Katherine Rundell
This extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone working in hospitals.
The Book of Hopes is available as a beautiful hardback gift edition, with 23 never-seen-before stories, poems and illustrations. The Book of Hopes is available to buy now from all good book retailers. A donation from the sale of each book will go to NHS Charities Together, in gratitude for the incredible efforts of all those who worked in hospitals over the quarantine period.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A book of hope for uncertain times.
Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons. The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online - perhaps you've seen them? They've also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. They sometimes even appear on lamp posts and on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt, Love Wins?
Here, you will find them together in this book of Charlie's most-loved drawings, adventuring into the Wild and exploring the thoughts and feelings that unite us all.
If you'd like to tell me about a book you have been reading to share on this page, or you want to ask me a question about books or anything else raised on these pages, then please send me a message here.