I love how the junior class has used their thinking hats to think about what World Read-aloud day means.
Little Golden Books are 75 years old this year and later on we will be running some craft lunch times using old Little Golden books. If you have any Little Golden books you are able to donate this would be very much appreciated. If they are a bit old with wear and tear, that is absolutley fine as most will be repurposed. You can drop them off in the library during school lours.
In the mean time you can read along to the most famous of all Little Golden Books – The poky little puppy. (my favourite for sure).
Lots of reading happening in the library and across the school and even across the whole world today as we celebrate World Read-aloud day. There are many children in the world who do not have access to books and who cannot read so this is one way we can stop for a minute and think of them. It also makes us realise how lucky we are to have a library and lots and lots of books to read.
Everyday is the best day to read and we have so many choices in our school library. Graphic novels, picture books, novels, non-fiction – heaps and don’t forget I am here to help you with your choices. You can also request titles using our wish list book.
Mr M and room 5 enjoying a good read-aloud in the library.
Rooms 18 and 19 enjoying a story with Mrs Lidstone
Room 1 Relaxing at the end of the day with a good book or two.
Welcome to another exciting year here at school.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break and managed to find some good books to read.
The library has lots of new books which are being quickly issued out.
I was asked recently what a typical day in the library would be like. I said there was no typical day and today just proves that.
Sadly, just after lunch break I removed the remains of a dead hedgehog from under a bush near the junior rooms. A baby hedgehog had come out all hungry and lost. It is now in a box waiting to be taken to the Animal and Bird Hospital. The baby is small and cute but needs a bit of help that we can’t provide.
If you want to know more about hedgehogs come and see me in the library. We have some great books on the subject.
Update. The hedgehog is doing fine at the Animal and Bird Hospital.
It was a real treat for students today. Emma and Cameron brought in their pet lambs to graze outside the library. Quite fitting for Canterbury A & P show this week.
The children loved having them and watching them munch away on grass. For many children this was the first time they had patted lambs, which was just lovely.
Thank you Emma and Cameron and of course thank you also to Tom and Nibbles the friendly lambs.
It is great to see how many different ways there are to read or listen to a story. Rina, Maia and Aria were very involved in reading and istening to the story of Paddington Bear. They read along with the story, looking at the illustrations and taking turns to swipe each page. Children of all ages love being read to and while climbing on to the knee of a parent is the ultimate, listening along to the story on an iPad also has some wonderful benefits.
September 13th marked 100 years ago that Roald Dahl was born. While he died some years ago his books are still best sellers and read and enjoyed by children all over the world.
To help celebrate we have had competitions and fun activities all week. Lunchtime on his birthday children wore big BFG ears, and Willy Wonka hats. Children have written poems and created some wonderful dream jars.
Isla with her fantastic BFG ears and amazing dream jar
Amber and her massive BFG ears
Charlie, Laura and Amy sharing a chat under Laura’s Willy Wonka hat
Maisy and Amy with their poem
Books, books, picture books
Trying to cook and crazy looks.
Matilda, BFG, Trunchbull and more,
Charlie finding a golden ticket in the store.
BFG mixing up words
Glue put on Mr and Mrs Twits heads by birds
Happy birthday Roald Dahl!
By Maisy T and Amy Z
Some of our wonderful dream jars
If you want to know more about Roald Dahl check out this website.
Space Night was a fantastic night. The whole school was buzzing with excitement with food stalls and science activities for all ages.
In the library we pushed back all the shelves and let the robots take over. The children even danced with the robots. This little robot was just warming up before the doors opened.
Our wonderful PTA were the hard-working planners behind this fantastic night. So a huge thank you to all of them.
During the week in the library we had chances to make alien spacehips out of paper plates and stars out of paper bags. The library really is a fun place to be.
And of course there were lots of lovely new space books bought with funds raised by the PTA. Again – a huge thank you to our wonderful PTA
This was the library display for Space Night.
The 78-storey treehouse
By Andy Griffiths
My Grandpa is a dinosaur
By Terry Jones
Illustrated by Richard Fairgray
This post is from Scarlett in year six.
Thank you Scarlett for organising this wonderful event. Sam was so inspirational and it was lovely to see how well you interviewed him.
I know I will remember two very important things from his talk. One is that you need to be a team player with whatever you do. The second is that your attitude is most important in what you do in life. Thank you Scarlett.
Wow! What a day we had at school today. Not only did we all get to get dressed up in our favourite bookish costumes but we had a very special visit from UK author and illustrator Liz Pichon. Liz is famous for her wonderfully funny Tom Gates books.
Liz was on her way to another school for her only talk in Christchurch but we were incredibly lucky to have her stop by on her way from the airport to her talk. Our Kapa Haka team gave her a very animated welcome. They are, as always, a wonder to watch.
Liz took time to sign books for some of her Tom Gates fans. It was a very special opportunity for these children and such a brilliant thing to happen during our book week. A special thanks to Scholastic for making this happen.
Receiving her kete.
Liz inside our library after signing her books for some of her fans.
We all fell in love with her shoes. They are awesome.
If you want to know more about Liz and her Tom Gates books check out her very cool website here.