Books at Bedtime

Over the last 3 weeks, FS and KS1 have taken part in a competition called Books at Bedtime. This is to help promote lots of reading to be done at home at bedtime. Every child was given a card to fill in and at the end of every week, the class teacher picked a winner at random. Here are the winners from Pearl class from the last 3 weeks. We’d also like to say a big thank you to all the parents and carers who have helped their child do lots of bedtime reading.

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As part of the Grand Finale of the Books at Bedtime, everyone in FS and KS1 got to come to school in their pyjamas. Everyone has had such a fantastic time! Well done for doing lots of reading at bedtime! Keep it up! 🙂

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How to continue the learning at home:

  • Read with your child at least once a day. This could include a book from home, a book from school, a newspaper, a comic or an magazine.
  • Visit the library to borrow a selection of different books. Click here for the details of Manor Top library and opening times.
  • Speak to Miss Varley about different ways to engage your child in reading.
  • Talk to your child and ask them questions about what they have read to test their comprehension.

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National Poetry Day 2016

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This week, we celebrated National Poetry Day in class and we loved it.

Our favourite poem is called:

Jump or Jiggle by Evelyn Beyer

Frogs jump
Caterpillars hump

Worms wiggle
Bugs jiggle

Rabbits hop
Horses clop

Snakes slide
Sea gulls glide

Mice creep
Deer leap

Puppies bounce
Kittens pounce

Lions stalk
But–I walk!

We worked in groups to learn the poem and then recited back to each other in small groups.

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After that, Miss Varley told us about a very special competition that we could be a part of with Young Writers.

We have to submit a poem that we have written by ourselves about an animal and if we win, we will get published and be part of the Yorkshire and Humberside book.

We can’t wait to see if we are going to be famous!

We have started to write some riddles about animals, remembering to use expanded noun phrases (adjective, adjective noun) and similes (using like or as) to help us to describe the animals, real, wild or imaginary.

Let us know what you think about our riddles in the comment box below.

How you can help your child at home:

  • Read poems with your child.
  • Think of different words that rhyme.
  • Have a go at writing a riddle of your own at home.
  • Put actions of your own to the poem Jump or Jiggle.

Books at Bedtime

In FS and KS1, we have been celebrating books at bedtime. Every day for 3 weeks, we have been reading a bedtime story with our adults at home. We love reading with our adults at home!.

‘Reading books at bedtime will help us to get better at reading.’ Faith

‘Books are brilliant to read at bedtime.’ Lily May

‘Reading books gives us a better imagination for when we are at school.’ Lewis

Each week, we would bring back our cards to say which books we had read that week and then someone would get chosen at random to win a prize. At the end of 3 weeks, a grand prize winner was chosen from every class.

We had a pyjama day to celebrate the end of the books at bedtime competition and we got to come to school in our pyjamas and bring a special book and teddy to school with us. We had a special assembly where we could share our special books with our friends. Even out teddies enjoyed listening to the stories.

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What you could do to support your child at home:

1. Sharing stories with your child is so important. Find a quiet space away any distractions and read your child’s favourite book to them.

2. Visit the library and borrow books free of charge.

3. Retell your child’s favourite story in a variety of ways – using puppets, just using the pictures, using different voices for each character.