Reading Rocks

We have enjoyed a week of festive art, creative writing, poetry appreciation, and investigative science. Art in a flash by an Olympus reporter On Tuesday, we did some...


We have enjoyed a week of festive art, creative writing, poetry appreciation, and investigative science.

Art in a flash by an Olympus reporter

On Tuesday, we did some fabulous flash art!  We each chose one word linked with Christmas and made it into bubble or 3D writing.  Then we added some amazing backgrounds, we used a collage of bits of newspaper and that in the background aswell as many other multi-coloured bits of card.  It was so fun.  And the art was inspired by Lichtenstein.  I think it was one of the best art lessons ever.

Along with lots of physical activity:

LOTS of reading:

…And some other things squeezed in too!

We are looking forward to the Christmas Break – mainly because there will be lots of time to read.

I am looking forward to re-reading Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce, a haunting book of a time travelling boy that I first read in my childhood and also the newly published Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah.

A recommendation from Mr Drane:  Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd-Jones

This is a thrilling murder-mystery where a boy with extraordinary powers of observation has to solve a crime in order to save himself. He’s not alone, though – his sidekick a freckled girl who loves gymnastics (but hates Wild Boy…!). If you are a fan of excellent description and vocabulary then there is plenty for you to sink your teeth in here. More than that, though, it is an excellent page-turner; the cliff-hangers always leave you wanting to read on. The story is set in Victorian London and is based on Sherlock Holmes – it has just kept Polaris intrigued for the last few weeks as we read it in class. Also, if you enjoyed this, then there is a 2nd book too.

For fans of adventure, mystery and excitement.

Reviews written by children in Fuji:

The Girl of Ink and Stars is an exceptional book about an island with an evil governor on it who cares more about fireworks than a dead girl. The story is dramatic and sorrowful. I would really recommend this book.

The Stormkeepers Island is about a boy named Fion who goes to Arenmore island and his grandad makes candles, which take people back in time. He goes back in time when Morigan and Dagda people with magic powers have a war and things are never the same again. I would recommend this book because it is very interesting and keeps you gripped!

I Love Alex Rider, because it is action-packed and funny. He is also l  =ike a mini James bond and very mysterious. He gets into a lot of trouble, I can’t believe he’s not dead yet! I highly recommend it!

Explorers on Witch Mountain is a fantasy/ comedy book with a lot of humour, a pinch of plot twists and parts where I think they’re going to die, sometimes the characters make very bad choices so that you want to shout “What are they thinking?!” I like this book. I still can’t believe they haven’t died yet!

And Miss Rosier’s favourite 3 series ever to get your teeth into:

Artemis Fowl: Eoin Colfer

A twelve-year-old child genius and criminal mastermind is the most ingenious in history- that is, until he bites off more than he can chew with his latest captive. Let the misadventure begin!

Alex Rider: Anthony Horowitz

Fourteen-year-old Alex is forcibly recruited into MI6. Armed with secret gadgets, he is sent to investigate a man who is offering state-of-the-art computers to every school in the country!

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Lemony Snicket

An evil Count, three tragic orphans, one long, unhappy story! Deliciously dark and not for the squeamish!

….And 3 favourite noteworthy classics that have been passed down through my family:

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Voyager of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Maths consolidation for this week: W6 Maths addition and subtraction

Physical challenge: Animal Moves

Next week:

Monday:  Christmas Book-a-thon:  If the children are able to, we would love them to bring their favourite Christmas (or winter-themed) book to share.  These will come home by the end of the week.

Monday: Christmas Show for the whole school (virtual)

Wednesday:  Christmas Lunch – Christmas jumpers, too, if you wish

Friday:  School finishes at 1.15pm


For Next Term:

Guided Reading:  We have chosen the text Malamander by Thomas Taylor for Spring 1.  The story is a brilliantly plotted mystery swirling with secrets, myths and the enigmatic residents of one unforgettable sea-side town.   Once again if you are able to buy your child a copy to have in class:  (available from other retailers also) it would be really useful to support their learning.  Thank you.

For our topic Wonders of Life Habitats and Humanity, we would like each child to have a small notebook to record their observations.  If any family has a spare notebook or 2  (ideally A5 size)  that they would be prepared to donate, please could the children bring them into school before the end of term.

Many thanks, and wishing you a restful weekend