A reminder that we are open before school daily 8:30-8:45am, also after school 3:00-3:30pm Monday – Thursday. Please come and share a book or read with your child.
We look forward to seeing you!
Our Library will have been open for a year at the end of October! To celebrate this anniversary we invited all our children to enter our birthday competition. Reception and KS1 were invited to design a book-themed birthday card and KS2 a book-themed birthday cake. Our favourites will win a bookish prize! We can’t wait to see them!
We ended Term 1 by celebrating a ‘Do Something Nice Day’ in which we talked about books that showed kindness in action-like the wonderful ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes and ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio. We made ‘KIND BOMBS’ (little messages of support and encouragement) and delivered them around the school.
We also had a ‘Captain Underpants Day!’ where our library goers had fun making their own silly superheroes. Keelan is our newest author writing a total of 4 (!) books for our library including his own amazing ‘Captain Underpants’ adventure- Please come and borrow it!
(20th October 2017)
October 2017 Update: Our library has received a lovely gift all the way from America! This was the wonderful book ‘Like Magic’ signed by the author Elaine Vickers – a story about three 10 year old girls from culturally different backgrounds who find much needed friendship through a ‘treasure box’ and alongside our lovely book Ms Vickers also sent us our very own ‘treasure box’ to keep in our library!
Our library goers have already been leaving treasures for other library goers to find to brighten their day. Mrs Brown’s favourite of our left treasures have been the little notes that have read ‘Always be yourself’ and ‘Something good will happen soon’ – much needed pick-me-ups and treasure indeed. Sally in Year 5 was first on the list to borrow ‘Like Magic’. This is what she said about it:
‘I loved ‘Like Magic’! Each of the girl’s stories was really well written but my favourite was Malia’s. Making friends through a treasure box is a clever idea- I think people who like reading about families and relationships would really like this book- people who like Jacqueline Wilson’s books will really like it!’
We have a short waiting list to read this lovely story but please come to the library to add your name to the list or why not leave some treasure in our treasure box? Just like the girls in the story!
Our Activity Tuesday’s for KS2 have seen us creating cheeky parrots for our pirate themed lunchtime and making meteorites for our space themed craft. We have another fantastic St Martin’s author! Kady from Year 3 has written a book called ‘My Little Dog Called Milly’ which is about a girl called Lucy who looses her dog. Her wonderful book is now on our library shelves - please come and borrow it!
World Smile Day! Celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year, World Smile Day celebrates the day the happy face emoji was created.
So we decide to create as many happy faces as possible by making our own sticker emojis and ‘kind bombing’ people at St Martin’s with happy Post Its, with kind and thoughtful messages.
END OF YEAR UPDATE from The Library:
We have had such a busy year in our Library! Since our move in October to our wonderful new build, right up to the Celebration Evening last week, we have seen children and parents from all our age groups enjoying stories, activities and talking excitedly about books! More and more parents have been popping in before and after school for book borrowing and sharing. All of our pupils have used the library at some point during the year – either to choose a book, make a book-themed masterpiece or join in with a lunchtime story club and sing a funny song!
Please keep up your child’s enthusiasm for all things bookish over the summer by continuing to read and sign up for the local libraries ‘Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge’.
To retain the reading skills they have learnt during the school year - children should read atleast 6 books over the summer. The Local Libraries Summer Challenge is perfect for sustaining and increasing those reading skills your child and St Martin’s are so proud of!
More information can be found at – https://www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
At the end of the summer we will collect from local libraries, the names of the children who participated in the challenge and reward this achievement in our Assemblies.
(Our new Library display – inspired by the most requested book of the year: ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers)
Celebration of Learning Evening: The Library saw families from every age group and we lost count of how many things were made over the whole evening!
(Rainbow Activity with Mrs Brown and Mrs Evans: 14th July 2017)
Competition Winner: Congratulations to Maya Hull and Morgan Webb in 5S who won the 'Summer Reading Challenge' competition we entered in the Library. Both Maya and Morgan designed a fancy dress costume for their Dads and each won a copy of the book 'Dressing-Up Dad' by Maudie Smith and Paul Howard.
"The Laugh-out-Loud magazine created by our Library Goers is out now!"..
Packed full of jokes, photos and fun – pick up your copy from the Library for just £1.00.
As the end of term approaches can we ask that all Library books be returned to the Library by Friday 14th July. Reminders of books currently on loan will be given to each class on Monday. Please help your child look for any books they may have borrowed and not returned.
If the book is lost or damaged, we would ask that in order to maintain a healthy stock of books for the benefit of all our pupils please could you send in a donation towards the cost of replacing that book.
Mrs Brown School Librarian
June has been a very busy month at our Library so far... and lots of our children have been enjoying our activities, story times and Air Conditioning! We made ‘You Rock’ Father’s Day cards and talked about Dads in books like Phil Earle’s ‘Demolition Dad’ last week.
This week we have been making ‘Lola’ Mobiles to celebrate our new Children’s Laureate who, for the next 2 years, is Lauren Child. Lauren Child is the author of the ‘Lola and Charlie’ picture books and the ‘Clarice Bean’ and ‘Ruby Redfort’ series for more confident readers. We have been enjoying her work at Yr1 and Yr2 story times too!
The Children’s Laureate role is intended to ‘promote and encourage children’s interest in books, reading and writing’ – which is enormously important. We were absolutely thrilled when our new ‘Lauren Child’ display was ‘retweeted’ on Twitter by the Children’s Laureate themselves - so we shared it on our School Twitter Feed.
"Please pop into our library to look at the display
and borrow one of Lauren Child’s fabulous books!"
At the end of Term 5 we celebrated ‘Elmer Day’ at our Library. ‘Elmer Day’ happens nationally all across the country and celebrates the delightfully different patchwork elephant created by David McKee who has taught children everywhere about tolerance, love and to be proud to be whom they are.
We celebrated by paper weaving Elmer and had the opportunity to take part in our ‘Elmer Challenge’- to create a patchwork elephant out of Multi-link cubes. It was not as easy as it seemed and the children that took part showed amazing perseverance, determination and a fantastic ‘try,try,try again’ attitude- they should be enormously proud of themselves – Elmer would be very impressed!
During May we have been celebrating the author J M Barrie’s Birthday by talking about his book ‘Peter Pan’ and making crafty crocodiles. The children have enjoyed hearing about the hungry, tick tock croc with his taste for Captain Hook! We have also been celebrating ‘Kindness’ as it was Barrie that said ‘Always be a little kinder than necessary’ – the children made origami flowers and stuck them on to kindness cards to give to kind people!
There is still time to submit your family’s favourite recipe to be included in our Cook Book – sweet, savoury, bake or no-bake we would love to see them all! Entries should be sent to the Library by Friday 26th May – Thank You!
Term 5 Library News:
We started our term by celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday with some ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’ inspired craft. We made fairy headdresses and Donkey ears and talked lots about naughty, quarrelling fairies and all the mischief they got up to in the play.
The winners of our ‘Reading for Purpose’ Easter Competition were announced our Achievement Assemblies. Congratulations to Ethan in Reception Ash, Freya in Year 1 Chestnut, Tristin in Year 2 Pine and Poppy in 3J! Our winners read maps on the way to and at some exciting day trip destinations; made, ate and shopped for some yummy food as well as using their reading skills to enjoy web pages and mag azines.
Well done to all of the children who entered our Competition and keep up ‘reading for purpose’ - it counts as one of your 5 reads a week!
St Martin’s Bakes! All families have a recipe that reminds them of home. We would love all our pupils and staff to share their favourite recipe with us so we can include it in our ‘St Martins’ Bakes Cook Book’.
Please send in your recipes (savoury or sweet) on an A4 Sheet of paper including a short explanation of why it is your family’s favourite, ingredients , instructions and if possible a picture (hand drawn or photo) of the finished recipe to make our book as engaging as possible.
Please could all entries be given to the School Library by FRIDAY 26th MAY. As our St Martin’s family has members from all around the world we hope our book will be very multicultural and tasty! We plan to use some of the recipes we gather in a learning event in our new school year.
Your child will have been told about our ‘Easter Holiday Library Competition’ which this time is to encourage ‘reading for purpose’. Please click on this link to print a copy of the entry form published on April's Newsletter. Closing date is Friday 28th April. Although chocolate is amazing – please consider buying your child a book as an Easter gift! There are some wonderful Easter themed books available - ‘We’re going on an Egg Hunt’ by Laura Hughes is a fun lift the flap story to share and ‘Daisy and the Trouble with Chocolate’ by Kes Gray is ideal for new ‘free’ readers.
Spring has sprung at St Martin’s Library! The huge glass windows fill our Library with early spring sunlight and it’s a perfect atmosphere for enjoying a quiet read, hearing a funny animal story or enjoying one of our Easter craft activities.
We love all our books at St Martin’s but are especially fond of the books by our pupil authors. The latest book on the library shelf is ‘Tiger Tales’ which is a collection of our short story entries for the ‘World Wildlife Funds’ competition which some of our children entered earlier in the year. Please come and borrow a copy- especially if you entered the competition.
World Book Day 2nd March 2017: Our Library was full of excited Wally hunters on World Book Day! Mrs Brown gave away over 300 'Found Him!' stickers to beady-eyed Wally Hunters and we really enjoyed making 'Wally Watchers' in our craft activity. Our day was full of stories, book sharing, book talk and lots and lots of 'Where's Wally' fun!
St Martin’s really is full of winners!... All ‘World Book Day ‘Where’s Wally Trail Entries’ were put in a hat and a winner per trail, per year group, was chosen at random. Our very observant winners were Josh G in Reception, Freya S Year 1, Bradley N and Regis S Year 2, Ollie H and Kiki N Year 3, Erik N and Brooklyn P Year 4, Zack H and Jamee F Year 5, Tibi L and Ryan E Year 6. Congratulations to you all – we hope you enjoy your book prizes.
Congratulations also go to Billie T Year 1 Maple, and Lilly-May D 3J who were announced as the ‘Resolution Read’ Competition Key Stage 1 and 2 Winners. Both Billie and Lilly had to read 6 types of books. A BIG thank you to everyone who entered one of our Competitions! It is fantastic to see so much energy and enthusiasm for books and reading at St Martin’s.
January 2017: Our ‘Activity Tuesdays’ have seen us make ‘Rainbow Magic’ fairy houses and celebrating the national ’Harry Potter Night’ –at lunchtime! We all tried on the ‘sorting hat’ and were sorted into a Hogwarts house. Then we made our Hogwart’s house tie. There were lots of proud Hufflepuffs, Gryffindors, Ravenclaws and Slytherins in the Library that day!
The Library is open daily from 8:30-8:45am and Mon-Thurs 3.00-3:30pm and we are delighted that parents and children are beginning to use the Library as part of their reading routine. It is wonderful to see Mums, Dads and Carers sharing and choosing books with their children and hearing their child read in our lovely Library before and after school. Please join us, you will be very welcome!
The ‘Resolution Read’ Competition ends on THURSDAY 9th FEBRUARY, please return all entry forms to the Library to be in with a chance of winning a bookish prize!
Invitation to our New Library:
Please enjoy the short video below, which was created by Ella Year 6 - inviting Parents and Carers to come along to our new Library and read with their child. The video was also sent to Piers Torday, Author, who accepted our invitation and came to open the new Library at St Martin's.
New Year is all about resolutions. Lots of people choose to give something up – we would like you to challenge yourself to do something MORE! Please visit our Library or ask your teacher for an entry form and be part of our ‘Reading Resolution Challenge’. You could win a fabulous bookish prize!
The Library would love to introduce you to a new Year 2 author! Bradley in Pine Class wrote his very exciting story last term which we put on our Library shelves to read and borrow. Inspired by the success of his first book, Bradley wrote 2 more over the Christmas holidays!
All of Bradley’s work is available in our Library and if you feel you too could be an author, please bring your book to our Library so we can all share your story and borrow your book!
December Library News: We have been in our new Library home for nearly 7 weeks now and think it is fair to say we have really settled in! Activity Tuesdays have been packed full of Christmas crafts with our book themed activities being on ‘Snow’ and the ‘First Christmas Story’.
At Storytime, which takes place lunchtimes, we have shared lots of festive favourites including shouting enthusiastically along with the cross Innkeeper in Nicholas Allen’s book Jesus’ Christmas Party....’Round The Back!!’ KS2 break times have seen up to 30 children choosing to spend their break quietly reading or sharing a book or kindle! It has also been great to see so many parents using the library with their children before and after school.
Storytime: Our first weeks in our new Library have been very busy! Storytime for Year 2 on a Monday and Year 1 on a Thursday lunchtime has been hugely popular and we have enjoyed some fantastic books – our favourite is ‘Kitchen Disco’ which has everyone ‘wriggling and shaking’ along!
‘Activity Tuesday’ remains very popular - we marked Remembrance Day with Poppy making crafts and again created our own ‘Poppy Patch’ this time around the Library tree. We have also had some of our regular Library goers bring in their own activities to share. Rhiannon in Year 4 brought in some lovely bookmarks she had made for other children to decorate, everyone was very proud of their lovely creation. Thank you Rhiannon!
(25th November 2016)
NEW SCHOOL LIBRARY OPENING
We were very lucky to welcome best selling, award winning Author of ‘The Last Wild’ triology, Piers Torday to open our new Library today. Piers is a keen supporter of Libraries and the importance of Reading for pleasure in children’s lives so we were thrilled when, as part of our opening ceremony celebration, he agreed to take part in an a very inspirational ‘Question and Answer’ session with our wonderful Pupil Librarians.
After this Mr Marriott and Mr Torday made some inspiring speeches before our author cut the ribbon and the Library was officially open! There followed a book signing where our children had the opportunity to meet the author and receive their copy of his work including the newly released ‘There May Be A Castle’.
The opening celebrations continued throughout the week with all year groups visiting the Library to take part in a book themed activity.
(31st October 2016)
Book Plates Pledge for new School Library: The School has built a new Library for the whole School to be able to enjoy and use. We offered parents/carers the opportunity to pledge £5 towards a Library Book which would have “family name” recorded on a book plate and placed inside one of the newly purchased books for our Library shelves.