A Magical Schools Competition
Bloomsbury books have launched a competition to mark the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter books.
You can win the school a library makeover, in the colours of the Hogwart's houses. Not only that you can win a set of the house colours books and a goody bag. All you have to do is to design a magical library space.
Follow the link below to download the competition entry form:
Leicester City Reading Stars
World Book Day Celebrations
Twenty luck children from St Mary's were invited to Leicester City to celebrate World Book Day.
They were treated to a tour of the stadium, which was amazing. Then they took part in a number of reading related activities including: a talk about the history of the club by the club's historian; a where's walley hunt and a poetry work shop by a group called Word Wise.
To top the day off, one of our pupil's, Matthew Bream won two tickets to see Leicester play on Saturday. Topped off with a chance to go on the pitch before the match. What a great prize, well done Matthew!
A great day was had by all!
Authors Visit Wednesday 1 March
Suzanne Smith and Lindsay Taylor
A great day was had by all when we were graced with a visit from the authors Suzanne Smith and Lindsay Taylor.
The authors of the Hattie B and Doodle Girl books treated us to a full school assembly, followed by workshops for years 1/2 and 3/4. The children thoroughly enjoyed the event and had a chance to purchase books and have them signed. A super way to celebrate World Book Day.
The Biggest Book Show on Earth
Warwick Arts Centre - Tuesday 28 February 2017
On Tuesday 53 children attended this year's Biggest Book Show on Earth. It was an amazing experience. The children listened to the authors talk about: their books; how they started writing; illustrating books and themselves.
It was a fantastic line up with Steven Butler hosting, Julian Clary & David Roberts, Nick Mohammed, Alex T Smith, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Holly Smale and Sam & Mark (from CBBC).
After the show the children had a chance to buy books and have them signed by the authors. Many children got more than one book signed, which was an amazing experience for them.
As not everyone from school could go, the authors did a special shout out to everyone at St Mary's, which was shown in assembly on Thursday. If you would like to see them again, here they are:
World Book Day Award 2017
Fantastic news! Our school has won a runners-up prize of a signed copy of the book "A Child of Books" and a limited addition print. We are the only school in Leicestershire to appear on the winners list on the World Book Day website.
Well done to everyone, as you all made an effort to be part of the display. Our prize will be framed and displayed for everyone to see shortly.
As a school we have a belief that you have to be "in it to win it" attitude. When we heard that World Book Day were running a competition for schools, we just had to join in.
We had to come up with a display inspired by the phrase 'A World of Books' and the picture book by Oliver Jeffers - A Child of Books. The book is illustrated by the fine artist Sam Winston.
It was decided that all the children in school (311) should be able to take part in the display in one way or another.
Firstly we asked all the children to vote for their favourite story or book. From the votes we found the top 10 and decided to include those characters in our display.
It is such a lovely site seeing children sitting on a sofa with a book, the imagination and ideas that explode from a child's mind when reading. Our display is based on that idea, a volcano of book covers - created by years 5 and 6 - from which book characters and book titles spew from its crater. With children riding a skateboard and sleigh on the lava flow. Years 3 and 4 painted the characters, whilst years 1 and 2 painted the props. Emojis created by foundation children show the emotions felt whilst reading a book.
Not being satisfied with the excellent art work and lava book titles, we thought that the children should appear in the display. They sat on the sofa, reading and we had three children appearing as book characters - Harry Potter, Hermione and Horrid Henry.
The whole school has really enjoyed creating the display, including the adults who contributed their favourite book titles to the lava. We will find out on 2 March 2017 if we have won. The first prize is £5000 of Walkers books, which would be marvellous for our school library.
Well done to all of you - let's keep our fingers crossed!
Read For My School National Reading Legend Award
As part of the RFMS competition, we nominated 8 children from years 3 - 6 to be put forward as reading legends. The competition judges then judged all the entries from all over the country to find a winner for each national category. There are 12 prizes to be won from years 3 to 8.
We are pleased to announce that Isobel Wells has won the category of Pioneer in the years 3/4 section. A really big well done to Isobel.
As a result we have been invited to the awards ceremony in London. We will be taking the nominated children and 4 top readers. This is an exciting opportunity and we are so proud to have won awards three years running.
The book fair held on Wednesday 16 March and Thursday 17 March took an amazing £666.59. This has earned us £339.95 in commision. This will allow us to purchase some new titles for the school library in the autumn term.
Thank you to everyone who purchased a book!
The Biggest Book Show on Earth
56 children and 7 adults went to the Biggest Book Show on Earth on Friday 26 February. We had a fabulous time listening to and meeting authors, including Francesca Simon. A Powerpoint of our trip can be seen below.
The children on the trip were exceptionally well behaved and it was a pleasure accompanying them.