Harry Potter

This book is about a boy who thinks he’s just an ordinary boy but he’s actually a very famouse wizard. Thousands of letters get sent to his aunt and uncle who are muggles (a muggle is a person who is not magic) the letters are about the famous school (for magic people) Hogwarts of Witchcraft and Wizardry but his aunt and uncle don’t want him to but the Hogwarts game keeper (for two years) Hagrid says he’s going to go. At Hogwarts there are 4 houses Griffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slitherin. He will have many adventures in his 7 years.

Rating *****

By toby

Anthony's book review Night Rise

Night Rise is Anthony Horowitz’s latest power of five book. Two telepathic twins Scott and Jamie are only performers at a circus up until they start having weird but vivid dreams and most of all finding out they’re “one of the five” and embark on a super dangerous quest to stop the evil old ones and meet up with the rest of the five. Anthony keeps this book exciting with humor horror and violence. I recommend this book to the age of 10+. I rate this book 9/10.

By Anthony G


Groosham Grange by Anthony Howowitz

Groosham Grange is a really good book. It’s about a boy called David. David gets expelled from his old school and then he gets sent to Groosham Grange.

At Groosham Grange you only get one day off a year, the French teacher disappears every full moon and new pupils have to sign their names in blood! This book is for kids 10 years old. I rate Groosham Grange 9.5/10


Claudine At St Clares Book Reveiw by Emma

Claudine At St Clares is a book written by Enid Blyton who is one of my favourite authors. It is a book mainly about Claudine and the twins, Pat and Isabel who are in the fourth form. Claudine goes to St Clares, which is a boarding school, from France which makes her very good at sewing.

Her aunt, Mam’zelle, is the french teacher at St Clares, thinks that Claudine will be very lonely and shy at St Clares but Claudine is quite the opposite. She is very daring, she once locked the Matron in the games closet, with the lacrosse sticks and all that. She hates and detests water but she let herself fall in to soak and punish a mother who offended Mam’zelle and looked down at St Clares.

Claudine doesn’t care what she does really so she often gets in trouble. She loves doing sewing and getting out of games and usually the punishments are something to do with laundry and not getting to swim or play tennis.

When Claudine locks the Matron in the cupboard she gets out of games for a week! Pat and Isabel also have to help the other 3 new girls settle down.

Claudine At St Clares is quite an exciting book and I give it 10/10


The Many Adventures Of Tom Sawyer By Julius

The many adventures of Tom Sawyer is a popular book first published in 1879. I enjoy this book because it was made about 100 years ago and the character says things like “this bible must have at least cost 6 cents!” It gets interesting when the author introduced a character which was a slave boy. It is a bit hard to understand because of the language they used. Other than that it is a great story.

Verdict: 4.99999999/5

This book review is by Julius.


Book week

Week five is book week. A week full of activities, reading, competitions and heaps of fun. Don’t forget your chance to dress up as a character from your favourite book. We will be selling books in the library so save up your pocket money and choose from hundreds of different titles. It’s a great chance to stock up on those Christmas presents too. See you there!


What's On

We were very lucky to have the author and illustrator Fifi Colston visit the Senior School on Thursday. Fifi delighted both staff and students with tales of how she became an author and illustrator. Many of the students are now begging to read her books. Wonderful to see such a response.


ESOL Other Teacher Resources

***Don’t forget to check out the ESOL folder on First Class as this is regularly updated with newly made games and resources!***

Other ESOL related teacher resources include:
– Classroom instruction that works with English language learners
– Cross Cultural Communication – A resource for staff working with International Students (DVD and Video)
– English Grammar in Use
– English Grammar in Use and Supplementary Exercises
– Exploring Korea
– From Surviving to Thriving in the English Speaking classroom Level 1
– From Surviving to Thriving in the English Speaking classroom Book 3
– Literacy Now for Ages 7-8
– Philips Atlas of New Zealand and the world
– Practise Vocabulary and Grammar Book 3
– Practise Vocabulary and Grammar Book 5
– The code breakers guide to English (Phonics rules)
– Think Global: Global Perspectives in the lower primary classroom


ESOL Suggested Websites

– This website is designed with units of work, links to activities and advise for New Zealand Primary Classroom Teachers, ESOL Teachers and ESOL Students.

http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com/tr i
– This is a website that will translate blocks of text and webpages.

– Downloadable stories in a range of languages can be found at this site. These books are in fourteen languages (they are not bilingual) and suitable for students aged from three to thirteen years old.

– This website includes on-line books for early readers (approximately yellow-orange on the colour wheel).

– This site has a number of stories in French and English suitable for a range of ages.

– Interesting things for ESOL students. This site includes word games, puzzles, quizzes, exercises, slang, proverbs and much more. It takes a bit longer to search and find appropriate activities but there are some useful things on the site.


ESOL Picture Packs for Guided Writing

These resources are most suitable for new English learners.
Each pack is barcoded.
They are for teacher issue only.

Favourite places 1
(Contains one picture card and one key word card)
– Library
– School
– The farm
– The shopping mall
– The swimming pool

Favourite places 2
(Contains one picture card and one key word card)
– The Beach
– The Dairy
– The Petshop
– The Playground
– The Zoo

Instructional Writing Packs
(Each pack contains a book, an instruction card and photos and caption cards to sequence)
– How to make a sand saucer
– How to make popcorn
– How to make jelly


ESOL Language Games

These resources are located in the ESOL resource room and can be borrowed through the ESOL teachers.

– Action Bingo
– Alphabet match wooden puzzle
– Alphabet sound cards
– Basic word snap
– Consonant Snap x2
– Contraction Bingo
– CVC Word Spin
– Farmyard first word pairs
– Guess What? cards
– Ladybug lower/uppercase game
– Lets go to the Zoo
– Let’s go shopping
– Lowercase letters for threading
– Making sense of Measurement puzzles
– More making stories is fun
– Number match wooden puzzle
– Opposites match wooden puzzle
– Press and play – Busy Road
– Press and play – Funny Farm
– Press and play – Make a Meal
– Press and play – Shipwreck
– Silly Sentences
– Smart chute cards – Alphabet
– Smart chute cards – Idioms
– Sound, Read and Snap!
– Spot the difference
– Still making stories is fun
– Storybook picture cards
– Talking Traffic
– Three letter word puzzles
– Time telling card game
– Vowel bingo
– Where’s Puppy? Listening word lotto
– Word detective games


ESOL Picture Dictionaries

These resources are individually barcoded.
They are for teacher issue only.

The Oxford Picture Dictionary
– English/Chinese
– English/Korean
– English/Japanese

Picture Dictionary for New Learners of English
– Picture Dictionary (8 copies)
– Picture Dictionary Teacher Notes and Activities

– EPB School Picture Dictionary Chinese/English
– The Oxford ABC Picture Dictionary (English)
– Times Visual Dictionary (English)


ESOL Non-Fiction Books (Sails series)

These resources are most suitable for Year 3-6 students.
The books are barcoded as a set of three titles.
They are for teacher issue only.

– A bird’s eye view (Topic: Mapping)
– A stomach full of stones (Topic: Dinosaurs)
– Buildings
– Leafcutter ants
– Snakes that rattle
– Snow and ice
– Space, stars and planets
– Storms
– Trees
– Trunks, humps and tails (Topic: Animals)


ESOL Non-Fiction Books (Blake series)

This resource is most suitable for Year 2-4 students.
The books are barcoded as a set of four titles.
They are for teacher issue only.


  • School rules
  • Our school week
  • Friends
  • My school

ESOL Non-Fiction Books (Macmillan Outlook series)

These resources are most suitable for Year 2-4 students.
The books are barcoded as a set of six titles.
They are for teacher issue only.

– Grandparents
– Looking after each other
– Special places
– Working and playing together
– Growing
– Different families

Celebrations (Two copies of this set)
– Names
– Birthdays
– Weddings
– Happy New Year
– Mother’s Day
– Festivals

Local Resources
– Our fete
– Hamburgers
– My chair
– People who help us
– At work
– Our library

– City schools
– Country schools
– Schools around the world
– Saturday school
– Hospital school
– Schools at home

– Neighbourhood shops
– At the supermarket
– Shopping centres
– To market, to market
– Recycle shops
– Fixing things


ESOL Non-Fiction Audio CD and Books (Fast Forward series)

These resources are most suitable for Year 4-6 students.
Each title is individually barcoded.
They are for teacher issue only.

Level 6
– Animal groups
– At the shops
– Caves
– Celebrating New Year
– Food from the world
– Move it (Topic: Machinery)

Level 7
– Bridges
– I remember when
– Ice on Earth
– Skateboarding
– What’s the Time?
– Who are you?

Level 8
– Animal disguises
– Hot and cold
– Making a cake
– Money travels
– Sheep station
– Understanding rules

Level 9
– Antarctic Animals
– Cars
– Discovering planets
– Let’s dance
– Skeletons
– The history of money


ESOL Vivid English CD Rom

This resource is most suitable for new English learners.
We only have a site licence for five computers so see Glenys to borrow/install.

– Alphabet
– Colours
– Numbers
– Parts of the Body
– Parts of a house
– Days of the week
– Months of the year


ESOL PM+ CD Rom and Readers

The colours of the sets match the colour wheel reading levels.
The books are barcoded as a set.
The CD roms are barcoded separately. Our site licence only covers being loaded onto school computers.
They are for teacher issue only.

Red Set A
– Photo Time
– Kitty Cat
– Sam and Bingo
– Here comes Little Chimp
– The Big Hill
– Little Chimp and Big Chimp
– Sam’s Race
– Let’s Pretend

Red Set B
– Mother Bird
– Kitty Cat and the Fish
– Baby Panda
– Run, Rabbit, Run!
– The Toytown Rescue
– Monkey on the Roof
– At the Toyshop

Blue Set A
-Bugs for Breakfast
– Sam Plays Swingball
– Kitty Cat and the Paint
– Baby Bear Climbs a Tree
– Little Chimp and the Bees
– Rabbit’s Ears
– The Swan Family
– The House on the Hill

Blue Set B
– Max and the Bird House
– The Toytown Racing Car
– The Broken Flower Pot
– Mother Tiger and her Cubs
– Tom’s Ride
– Our New House
– Our House is a Safe House

Orange Set A
– The Rocket Ship
– Look Out!
– The Little Work Plane
– The Big Bad Wolf
– The Lions and the Buffaloes

Orange Set B
– The Secret Cave
– Jordan at the Big Game
– The Triceratops and the Crocodiles
– Taking Care of Ourselves
– Our Bodies

Purple Set A
– Rally Car Race
– Sea Otter Goes Hunting
– A Spider in my Bedroom
– Bend, Stretch, Leap

Purple Set B
– The Giant Seeds
– Mack’s Big Day
– Winter on the Ice
– Sky Changes
– Seasons and Weather


ESOL Fiction Audio CD and Books (Fast Forward series)

These resources are most suitable for Year 4-6 students.
They are barcoded as a levelled set.
They are for teacher issue only.

Level 6
– Anna goes to the zoo
– Dad and Dan go fishing
– Ben Fox saves the day
– Noises in the night

Level 7
– A night out
– Harry helps out
– Max and the Tornado
– The mess

Level 8
– Danger in the Snow
– Taking off
– The jewellery shop robbery
– The mystery of the missing bike

Level 9
– Magic tricks
– On the team
– Slow down Mrs Brown!
– Time travel: The dinosaurs


ESOL Fiction Audio CD and Books

These resources are most suitable for Year 4-6 students.
They are barcoded as a CD/Book set.
Selected titles are located in the blue ESOL box for children to issue and take home (on trial).
The remainder are for teacher issue only.

– Aesop’s fables
– Aladdin and his magical lamp
– Badness for beginners
– Can’t you sleep little bear?
– Kipper story collection
– Knights
– Mouse hole cat
– Owl babies
– Robots
– Six dinner Sid
– Snore
– Stories of Dragons
– Stories of Pirates
– Stories of Robots
– The little mermaid
– The pig in the pond
– The princess and the pea
– The snow queen
– The nutcracker
– The emperor’s new clothes
– Treasure Island
– Winnie the witch

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