I just wanted to say a massive 'HI' to everyone on our website. My name is Mrs Briggs and I am the new Reading Ambassador at St Michael's. You will probably find me in the library
Thank you for giving me such a warm welcome and I can't wait to have some reading fun with you all this year!
Thursday 1st of March saw some very weird and wonderful happenings at St Michael's! There were
a wide variety of book characters on show here to celebrate World Book Day!
Special assemblies were held in the afternoon where we had some fantastic readings from books such as Cogheart and The Book with No Pictures.
Children enjoyed learning about our new library rules and talking about the benefits of reading every day.
Thanks to the parents and carers who attended, we'll see you again next year!
Thank you to all of those who attended our recent Scholastic Book Fair. We had an astonishing turn out, smashing our £600 target and raising a grand total of £802!
Our school receives half of the money raised with which every class was given a book for their book corner. The rest of the funds will be used to buy in new books for our library which our children will help to select.
Thanks so much parents, carers and all who attended.
Our current featured author is Jonathan Emmett who has written 61 different titles including books from the Oxford reading tree such as Doohickey and the Robot.
We caught up with and interviewed him recently asking him what makes him a writer. See below for his answers, bio and a link to his incredible website.
Over the month of October the focus for reading was poetry in all beautiful shapes and sizes.
In celebration of this, our new featured authors are a perfect pair of poets whose latest book 'Reaching the Stars' is a celebration of extraordinary women and girls throughout history.
Liz Brownlee is a poet who is keen about animals. She has a very specially trained medical alert dog called Lola, who is by her side at all times. She is also a National Poetry Day Ambassador!
Michaela Morgan has been writing since 1987! With over 140 titles under her belt, including her latest poetry book 'Michaela's Wonderland: Alice in Poetry' which was shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award!
Check out links to their pages below!
Check out their response to our interview questions below!
After the success of the first featured author interview, Mrs Leath and the St Michaels' Reading Role Models decided to try contacting other authors to see if they would be happy to answer interview questions. A staggering 37 authors responded! Featured here are some of the great books we'll be getting to read!
With Mrs Leath busy sending off all the interview questions and the children enjoying a well earned half term break, you would think there wouldn't be time to fit in anything else...
...good thing we at St Michael's like to keep busy! Check out some of these photographs taken during the Spooky Welly Walk in Sefton Park! Mrs Leath took part in special story telling sessions during the course of the day, that is of course, until big storm Brian managed to blow the tent away!
This October the Reading Role Models took on the Readathon Sponsored Reading challenge. Their aim was to read as many books as possible within two weeks and to try and raise a little money for a good cause.
They were exceptional, raising more than £150 and reading over 145 books between them! The money raised will be donated to the Readathon Charity. Well done Reading Role Models, you've made us all proud!
For more information check out the link below.
This month's featured author is Catherine Cooper, author of the legendary Jack Brennin stories.
Having worked as a primary school teacher Catherine has moved on to writing for children and has published several fantasy books.
The first of these books - The Golden Acorn was the winner of the 2010 Brit Writers Awards and is available for free to download on most devices! Here is a link to download it. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Golden-Acorn-Book-Adventures-Brenin-ebook/dp/B004EHZDBQ/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1506376207&sr=8-1&keywords=the+golden+acorn
On Friday (8th September) our Reading Role Models held their first official meeting. Items on the agenda included creating a proper timetable for meetings and outlining and deciding what duties to undertake.
We're looking forward to holding more meetings in the future!
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?
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!