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The Summer Reading Challenge! 

 

This year St Michael's are supporting the Summer Reading Challenge which is organised by 'The Reading Agency' charity.

 

Taking part in the challenge is simple: join up at a local library and borrow a book. Every time a child borrows a book from the library they can earn a small prize. If they manage to go six times over the summer they earn a medal and a special certificate! 

 

Here at St Michael's our goal is to see at least 58 children bringing in their completed challenge certificates. 

 

Check out the link below to learn more or simply pop into your local library. It's a great way to keep children reading over the summer and best of all it's totally free! 

 

What's not to like? 

Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham!

Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 1 Getting ready to wave Liverpool goodbye.
Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 2 Our year 6's enjoying some train leisure time.
Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 3 Working hard to fill the long journey time.
Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 4 Birmingham's Central Library.
Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 5 The children's library.
Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 6 A well earned story time session.
Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 7 Some quality reading time.
Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 8 Up to the upper levels!
Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 9 An ambitious reader!
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Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 12 Watching the world go by.
Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 13 A picnic lunch.
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Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 16 I wonder what's out there.
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Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 19 Posing with Birmingham bears.
Our 2017 Reading Role Models Head to Birmingham! 20 Our 2016-2017 Reading Role Models.

Check out the fantastic reading events going on this half term in Liverpool!

Author of the Month - April

 

Spring is well and truly in the air which makes this month's author the perfect choice. Dick King-Smith is perhaps best known for his story 'The Sheep Pig' which was turned into the 1990's classic film 'Babe'.

 

Before writing children's books he was a farmer and used outdoor life as the inspiration for most of his works. "Writing my books is like handing out presents" he once said. Having just read and enjoyed 'Lady Lollipop' we can't help but agree!

Not sure what to do over the holidays? Check out the fun things to do at Liverpool's Central Library below.

Check out these recommended reads for the Spring Break holidays! They're available in all good libraries and bookshops.

Useful links to reading websites

Author of the month - March

 

This author is a man who really needs no introduction. You only need to ask our year 5's about Chocolate Cake and they can recite it word for word! 

 

With popular titles such as 'We're Going on  Bear Hunt' and 'Burping Bertha' it's little wonder that he is so well loved. He's also an excellent performance poet, with many of his poems being performed online. March's author of the month is none other than Michael Rosen. Check out some of his poetic performances on the link below! 

 

 

World Book Day and Strictly Come Reading

World Book Day and Strictly Come Reading 1 Mrs Leath poses with her hero!
World Book Day and Strictly Come Reading 2 Mrs Leath reads a chilling story to year 6.
World Book Day and Strictly Come Reading 3 Reading buddies
World Book Day and Strictly Come Reading 4 A year 1 class story time.
World Book Day and Strictly Come Reading 5 We found him!
World Book Day and Strictly Come Reading 6 Another class story time.

One Voice newspaper is back!

 

Monday the 16th of January will see the release of the new edition of St Michael's Newspaper: One Voice. For one week only we will be selling a new bumper issue including staff interviews and a special 'Gramma Man' comic supplement!

There will be a reading Café for junior children on Tuesday and infant children on Wednesday to give everyone a chance to enjoy their paper with friends.

At only 20p a copy, what's not to like?  

St Michael's Junior Library Top Ten Loans for the Autumn Term

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Year 6 Trip to meet the UK's Children's Laureate Chris Riddell

Author of the Month - November

 

This November we are celebrating all things Non Fiction and so in recognition of his amazing work our 'Author of the Month' is the man behind the 'Horrible Histories' series: Terry Deary.

Since 1994 he has written more than 200 books which have sold over 25 million copies world wide. 

 

Head out to your local library to see history made horribly interesting! 

 

Come Along and Take Part in a Spooky Welly Walk! 

 

Looking for something to do this half term? Why not come down to Sefton Park and take part in the Spooky Welly walk. Every year the Spooky Welly walk is held with funds raised going to benefit the Roy Castle Foundation. 

 

This year St Michaels' very own Mrs Leath will be there to take part in story time sessions run by the Liverpool Library Service. We would love to see you there! 

 

Tickets are available by clicking on the following link:

https://www.roycastle.org/support-us/our-events/spooky-welly-walk-2016

 

 

 

 

October 2016 and our Dahliciously delightful Poetry Slam

October 2016 and our Dahliciously delightful Poetry Slam 1 Our year 5 contestants get performing!
October 2016 and our Dahliciously delightful Poetry Slam 2
October 2016 and our Dahliciously delightful Poetry Slam 3 Our winning year 6 team.
October 2016 and our Dahliciously delightful Poetry Slam 4
October 2016 and our Dahliciously delightful Poetry Slam 5 Contestants await the results.

The Reading Quality Mark Awards Ceremony - this lucky group were selected to collect the gold award on behalf of the school.

Author of the Month - September

 

This month St Michael's will be focusing on the legendary Roald Dahl as the world stops to acknowledge his 100th anniversary. His books have become icons with more than half of them being turned into films (some of them several times)!  With titles like 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and 'Matilda' there's something out there to suit everybody. Pick up a Dahl today! 

 

Need something to do in the summer? Why not try the Summer Reading Challenge? 

 

Head down to your local library and take up the Summer Reading Challenge, where you can work towards prizes for every book you manage to read during the summer holidays. 

This year's theme is Roald Dahl based: The Big Friendly Read! 

Have a look at the link below to head to the website and get more information. 

 

 

Infants Reading Role Model Trip to Central Library

Infants Reading Role Model Trip to Central Library 1
Infants Reading Role Model Trip to Central Library 2
Infants Reading Role Model Trip to Central Library 3
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St Michael's Infant Reading Role Models pay a trip to Central Library to learn all about how the library works! 

St Michael's gets the gold! 

 

School is awarded the top level of the Reading Quality Mark! 

 

As part of our continuing work this year to promote reading for pleasure, the staff and children of St Michael's decided to take up the challenge of working for the Reading Quality Mark. The Reading Quality Mark is an award given out by the National Literacy Trust in recognition of outstanding dedication to reading. 

 

The award is given on three levels: bronze, silver or gold and is only given out after a full inspection and assessment takes place. 

 

St Michael's had their assessment on the 11th of July and we are proud to announce that we were awarded the gold level! This would not be possible without the hard work, effort and commitment shown by the staff, children and all of our wonderful parents, carers and friends. 

 

On behalf of the school we would like to say a big thank you! Happy Reading everyone! And enjoy your summer break! 

 

Mrs Leath.

St Michael's Reading Role Models head to London! 

 

A lucky group of pupils were selected to become next year's Reading Role Models. As part of their reward for their dedication to reading over this past year the children visited The British Library and the fabled Platform 9 and 3/4 from the world of Harry Potter! 

Picture 1 The first group at platform 9 and 3/4.
Picture 2 The secpnd group at platform 9 and 3/4.
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Picture 4 The third group at platform 9 and 3/4.
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Picture 11 Mr Burcher decides to be intellectual.
Picture 12 As does Miss Roscoe
Picture 13 Even Mrs Leath and Mrs Haynes tried it!
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Picture 15 The library dab.
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Picture 19 Inside the British library.
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Picture 25 Mr Burcher gets some real reading done!
Picture 26 The children teaching teachers the dab.
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And the winners of the prestigious Kate Greenaway and Carnegie awards have been announced. Check out the link below to find out more about who won the year's most treasured children's book prizes!

And the winners of the prestigious Kate Greenaway and Carnegie awards have been announced. Check out the link below to find out more about who won the year's  most treasured children's book prizes!  1
And the winners of the prestigious Kate Greenaway and Carnegie awards have been announced. Check out the link below to find out more about who won the year's  most treasured children's book prizes!  2

Book of the Week!

 

This week's Book of the Week has been specially selected by our Olympians class: Tom Gates' A Tiny Bit Lucky. Join Tom who is struggling to cope with Dad trying to make a kite. To add to his troubles his band are in desperate need of practice before a big audition. Can Tom please everyone? Find out by borrowing the book today! 

Year 1 Family Reading Club

Every Thursday morning this half term we have been inviting parents to come into class and share a story with their children. The sessions have been an enormous success, with children earning prizes for collecting special 'stickers' every time a family member or carer comes to read with them. Our first two prizes went to two lovely children in the Quick Thinkers!  

Well done! 

Book of the Week!

 

This week's book of the week has been chosen by Mrs Leath in honour of the great playwright, William Shakespeare. It has been 400 years since the day Shakespeare passed away, leaving the world a legacy that will last for 400 more. 

 

This week's 'Book of the Week' is a child friendly version of his most famous play: Hamlet! Find it in our junior library today! 

 

'Murder most foul, an action packed retelling of Shakespeare's dark tale of revenge and murder!' 

 

Awards, awards, awards! 

With the Blue Peter Book Awards just announced and the shortlists for the Kate Greenway/Carnegie Book Awards already out it's worth having a look into books that are currently topping the book charts.

Check out the link below for a look into what's hot for reading! 

 

 

Spring Break Challenge 'Who Reads Where?' 

 

Just before the spring Break we asked children and staff to get a picture of themselves while they were out and about reading. The response we've had so far has been phenomenal! 

 

Each week we will be updating this page with new photos of children and staff in different locations enjoying a good book! First up is our very own Reading Ambassador Mrs Leath, who was lucky enough to have a book in her hand for the whole two weeks! 

 

Keep checking here for more staff and pupil additions! 

 

 

We have a winner! The Waterstones' Children's Book of the Year has been announced! 

Luke is a comic-mad eleven year old who shares a treehouse with his

geeky older brother, Zack. Luke's only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this but when Zack is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world.....

Coming soon to our library! 

World Book Day 2016

The Wicked Witch of the West poses for a moment next to Dorothy, Glenda the Good Witch of the North and the Scarecrow! 

 

Its here! The finalists for the 2016 Waterstones' Children's Book prize have finally been announced! 

 

On March the 17th the book store chain 'Waterstones' will award it's annual Children's Book Prize to one amazing and talented author. For a list of the finalists please see the link below. 

Scholastic Book Fair 2016!

Scholastic Book Fair 2016! 1 Perusing this year's selection.
Scholastic Book Fair 2016! 2 Always check the blurb!
Scholastic Book Fair 2016! 3 A keen reader!
Scholastic Book Fair 2016! 4 Lovely accessories too!
Scholastic Book Fair 2016! 5 Hard at work selling books.
Scholastic Book Fair 2016! 6 The children prepare for the raffle.
Scholastic Book Fair 2016! 7 Tanishka in year 6 makes the final draw.
Scholastic Book Fair 2016! 8 We have a winner!

St Michael's hosts our second annual Harry Potter Book Night and gets a visit from famed author Cathy Cassidy! All in one week!

For more information see the link to our past events page below! 

The first week of February saw St Michael's fall in love with books all over again as children's author Cathy Cassidy visited the school to talk about the importance of reading, writing and daydreams! 

We also saw our second ever Harry Potter Night in which more than 50 families packed out our junior hall to take part in activities and special story time sessions! 

The news was so big it made the top page in the St Michael's website! To see more about it check out the link below! 

Year 4 take on 'The Alice Experience': February 2016

Year 4 take on 'The Alice Experience': February 2016 1 Mrs Leath's group are more than ready to start!
Year 4 take on 'The Alice Experience': February 2016 2 A blurred photo, could this be the Jabberwocky?
Year 4 take on 'The Alice Experience': February 2016 3 Where are the extra heads appearing from?
Year 4 take on 'The Alice Experience': February 2016 4 The Queen of Hearts swans in.
Year 4 take on 'The Alice Experience': February 2016 5 Poor Miss Hughes stands trial with Alice!
Year 4 take on 'The Alice Experience': February 2016 6 A tiring but cracking day for some!

January 2016 and the 'Reader's After School Club' gets off to a Flying start with a host of Harry Potter themed activities!

January 2016 and the 'Reader's After School Club' gets off to a Flying start with a host of Harry Potter themed activities!  1
January 2016 and the 'Reader's After School Club' gets off to a Flying start with a host of Harry Potter themed activities!  2
January 2016 and the 'Reader's After School Club' gets off to a Flying start with a host of Harry Potter themed activities!  3
January 2016 and the 'Reader's After School Club' gets off to a Flying start with a host of Harry Potter themed activities!  4
January 2016 and the 'Reader's After School Club' gets off to a Flying start with a host of Harry Potter themed activities!  5
January 2016 and the 'Reader's After School Club' gets off to a Flying start with a host of Harry Potter themed activities!  6
January 2016 and the 'Reader's After School Club' gets off to a Flying start with a host of Harry Potter themed activities!  7
January 2016 and the 'Reader's After School Club' gets off to a Flying start with a host of Harry Potter themed activities!  8

A Night Before Christmas Read at the Rowan Garth Care Home

 

As part of a special 'one off' choir performance at the Rowan Garth Care Home two of our pupils performed a special reading of the famous poem 'A Night Before Christmas'. The residents were thrilled to hear their performance which they'd worked very hard for. 

 

Well done! 

Newspaper Launch - December 2015

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Newspaper Launch -  December 2015 4 Our journalists proof reading the copies.

The 'Certified Kind' book challenge

 

This November pupils from the Hot Shots Class took part in a challenge set by 'Penguin' Books. The challenge was linked to the release of the book 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio. 

The challenge itself was simple: for every kind deed the children performed they would earn a special 'Kind pebble'. This could then be placed in a specially labelled jar. They were given two weeks to fill this jar with 'Kind Pebbles' and true to form our Hot Shots did it in one! 

Their reward was five free copies of the book along with copies of other books by the same author.

Well done Hot Shots for showing us what being kind is really about! 

 

The perfect Poetry Battle! This October to celebrate national poetry day our children battled it out to see which class were the perfect poets!

The perfect Poetry Battle! This October to celebrate national poetry day our children battled it out to see which class were the perfect poets!  1
The perfect Poetry Battle! This October to celebrate national poetry day our children battled it out to see which class were the perfect poets!  2
The perfect Poetry Battle! This October to celebrate national poetry day our children battled it out to see which class were the perfect poets!  3

New to Reception Reading Workshop

New to Reception Reading Workshop 1
New to Reception Reading Workshop 2
New to Reception Reading Workshop 3
New to Reception Reading Workshop 4
New to Reception Reading Workshop 5
New to Reception Reading Workshop 6

Strictly Come Reading Returns in 2015!

Our yearly World Book Day event is back and bigger than ever! Featuring two reading based dance performances from St Michael's children as well as a new story read by our very own deputy head Mr Ronan! This year's contest was saw three staff contestants battle it out to see who could read the best story out loud to the whole school. 

The winner? Our very own Reading Ambassador Mrs Leath! 

 

Our very first Harry Potter Night! March 2015!

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