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!
July News: This year our library has seen more books borrowed than ever before, busy activity filled lunchtimes, amazing interactive storytimes, reading buddies, author visits, book signings, nursery visits, celebration octopuses and a bear hunt! Phew!
Our before school opening session has become a lovely community of children and parents sharing books and games, chatting and colouring. If you haven't already visited our library before school then please do so in the new school year! You will be very welcome and it really is a lovely gentle way to start the school day.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those wonderful parents and children who have kindly donated books to our library over the last school year. Your donations have helped offer choice and variety to our shelves providing so many reading adventures for so many children. Thank you so much for your generosity, you really have made a huge difference!
Author Visit: On 3rd July afternoon the fantastic author Will Mabbitt came to talk to our Yr4 and Yr5 children. It was both a funny and very inspirational afternoon- the children enjoyed listening to how Will gets his ideas and how he develops them into stories. Will's message that it is OK to make mistakes (he made over 5000 writing his first book!) was very encouraging! The session ended with Will reading from his hilarious picture book 'I Can Only Draw Worms' which received a rousing round of applause!
Lots of our pupils bought copies of Will's books - 'Embassy of the Dead' and 'Embassy of the Dead:Hangman's Crossing' which he signed for them in our library- taking time to talk to every child.
Special thanks go to Neitas and Henry in Year 4 who acted as hosts and runners -both were polite and incredibly helpful and a credit to our school. It has been really lovely hearing all the positive comments from our children about the author visit.Lots of them can't wait to start reading their new book and a fair few can't wait to write theirs!
You can read more on the 'North Somerset Teachers Book Award' webpage by clicking this link:http://www.northsomersetteachersbookaward.com/blog/2019/7/4/5zgswqdtwbixevqdhzd4y5lqur9t2o
May Library News:
Rhiannon in Yr 6 wrote to the author Abi Elphistone after reading her Dream Snatcher Trilogy and received a lovely handwritten reply - this really made her day! It will be something she will treasure forever. It was wonderful of Rhiannon to share it with us.
On our Activity Tuesday session 14th May we celebrated the author of the classic novel 'PeterPan', J M Barrie’s 150th birthday.
We enjoyed talking about the adventures in Neverland and the children made papercraft crocodile bookmarks complete with alarm clocks just like the one that menaces Captain Hook in the story!
We have been very busy at the Library creating some amazing 'animal royalty' for a national competition. Our library goers were asked to draw their favourite animal as a king or queen and we have now sent them off to be entered in the publisher's Faber and Faber's Art Competition which is celebrating the book release of Swapna Haddow's ' Dave Pigeon Royal Coo' which is the 4th story featuring the hilarious Dave Pigeon. This is a must read if your child likes to laugh out loud!
We have had almost every animal possible from Princess Pandas to Duck Kings! Fingers crossed that there maybe a winner among our many entries. The lucky artist will win all 4 of the Dave Pigeon books plus a cuddly pigeon!
April 2019 News: We are incredibly proud of Amy Nisbet whose poem 'Shimmering Sea' was published in the ‘National Poem and Pictures Competition Anthology’. Amy has now received her book and it is thrilling to see her work in print! This year’s competition is under way so if your child would like the chance to see their work published please encourage them to enter this year’s 'Around the World' themed event.
‘Around the World’ Poems and Pictures KS2 Competition 2019: Over the Easter holiday your budding poet needs to handwrite an 8 line, rhyming poem, along the theme of 'Around the World'. Encourage your child to think of their friends or family who may come from different parts of the world, or the places they have or would like to travel to. Or maybe events and issues that bring the world together like sport or global warming. Entries need to be handed into the library on our return to school on Tuesday 23rd April, in order that we can send them off to be judged. As well as the chance of becoming a national winner and a published poet like Amy, St Martin's will also be awarding a prize to our favourite entry. Good Luck!
Easter wouldn't be Easter without a chocolate treat but please consider giving your child an Easter themed book to enjoy. There are lots of 'bunny' character books available, for example 'The Rhyming Rabbit' by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monk. Also, for slightly older readers 'Royal Rabbits of London’ by Santa and Simon Montefiore.
Just like an egg - books make a great gift!
Our library goers have been enjoying the wonderful Bibles and Christian Books that have been so kindly donated to us by the churches of Holy Trinity and Milton Baptist. They have barely touched a shelf as at every opportunity there is a small person somewhere in our library sharing them with friends, or with their heads buried deeply with in the pages! We feel incredibly lucky to have such a generous gift which will be loved by many children for a very long time.
Activity Tuesday: We also celebrated our Irish books in the library to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Making our 'Pot of Golds' provided an
opportunity to talk about Ireland and discuss the many Irish children's authors there are. These include the amazing picture book author Oliver Jeffers and the creator of the 'Artemis Fowl' series Eoin Colfer.
Reading Stars World Book Day Competition: Mrs Kus has put together the most amazing display using the photos, among others, which were entered into our 'Share a Story' half term competition. We have now entered our display into the national 'Reading Stars World Book Day' competition and hope that we may win 100 picture books to share! Fingers crossed!
World Book Day at St Martin's (photograph courtesy of Weston Mercury)
World Book Day has been the talk of our Library and the day itself was 'Beary' good fun! To celebrate the amazing 30th book birthday of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' By Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, we had a bear theme to our St Martin's World Book Day. Our library became a 'Bear Hunt Experience' with our KS1 classes all using their imaginations and super acting skill to participate in an interactive retelling of the story. They joined our KS2 children in different types of 'Bear Hunts' around school.
There was the 'Famous Bear Hunt' - where our children had to track down and name the famous bears of page and screen hiding in the school and a 'Bear Letter Hunt' where the children were asked to spot some real life bears who each had a letter. They had to rearrange these to make a habitat where a bear may live. All of the children who completed these hunts successfully have been entered into prize draws. There will be one winner per year group who will each be awarded a book prize in a later Achievement Assembly. All children who spotted THE BEAR from the Bear Hunt book earned themselves a 'Found Him' sticker. Our children are expert trackers, so hundreds of these were given out!!
Our Activity Tuesday also reflected our 'Bear' theme with our Library Go-ers making 'pop -out cave bears'. Thank you so much to all of our wonderful children who looked amazing in their costumes and joined in so enthusiastically with the activities! Reading, and the wonderful adventures it brings, really did light up our school on World Book Day. Please help it continue by ensuring your child uses their World Book Day Voucher to buy a Book. This years titles are fantastic and you have until 31st March 2019 to use them.
Thanks also to those families that entered a photo in our 'Share a story from Breakfast to Bedtime' half term Competition - we are well on our way to making our display which we will enter into the World Book Day 'Reading Stars' competition to win 100 Books. Fingers crossed! The photos were so good, and we were so thankful for the entries, that a book prize was given to all entrants in our Achievement Assemblies. We hope you will enjoy reading them!
We have held all types of bookish celebrations in our Library over the last couple of weeks. Firstly we celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Pig with some piggy tales and information books. We shared the brilliant 'There's a Pig up my Nose' by John Dougherty and Laura Hughes in Storytimes (the children like joining in with the 'Oinking!') and our older children made Pig Puppet Papercraft.
During the last week of Term we had our annual Harry Potter themed lunch time and many library go-ers took turns to wear our 'Sorting Hat' and find out which Hogwarts house they were to join. They then made their house tie and embarked on a Potter themed scavenger hunt - discovering the 10 magical things from the wizarding world, hiding in our Library.
Hopefully, you will have received a letter or e-mail about our 'Share a Story' Half Term Photograph competition. Please find 10 minutes to share a story with your family (small or large- pets included) any time (Breakfast, Lunch or Bedtime) anywhere! (Bus, Dentist's Shoe shop?) and take a photo for us to use in our display. We will be entering the finished display into the 'World Book Day Reading Stars' competition and if we win we will receive a 100 books for our school library!
Please bring in your photos to our Library on Monday 25th February. Every child that brings in a photo will be entered into our Key Stage Draw and on World Book Day one name will be chosen at random from KS1 and KS2 to win a fabulous book bundle. All children that enter will also get an extra 10 minutes towards our ‘Million Minutes’ which will really help us meet our target!
Activity Tuesday: Our activity was all about Honey in celebration of the author of the Winnie the Pooh books, A.A. Milne's birthday. The children enjoyed making their own pot of the famous bear's favourite food.
We celebrated 'Australia Day' by looking at our non fiction books about the country and it's wildlife. We shared 'Ouch in my Pouch' a lovely rhyming story about Australian creatures by Jeanne Willis and Garry Parsons in Library Story times throughout the week. The children also made their own papercraft, Kangaroos and took part in a 'Search and Find' quiz about Australia.
JANUARY 2019: Much excitement filled our Library when visiting author Joffre White paid us a visit to talk to our Library goers. Our children asked Joffre some amazing and interesting questions about his work and books in general, such as 'Who is your favourite Good Guy and Bad Guy in books?' (Good Guy -Bilbo Baggins from 'The Hobbit' and Bad Guy, Lord Maelstrom, a character in one of Joffre's books) and 'Describe your book in 5 words' (exciting, magical, action, adventure and a little bit spooky!)
The library copies of Joffre's book, 'Frog', flew off the shelves and a wonderful atmosphere of bookish inspiration descended over St Martin's.
Our first Activity Tuesday session of 2019 saw us commemorate 'Martin Luther King Day'. We talked about the great man's story and message to the world using some biographies and information texts before making our own 'I have a dream...' cards with our personal hopes and wishes for a better world on them.
December News: Activity Tuesdays have been very festive over the last couple of weeks in the Library. We have enjoyed making some very simple 'Rocking Christmas Trees and Santas' and shared some Christmas stories.
Our Library would like to take this Christmas opportunity to thank everyone who has donated books throughout the year. New books are vital in keeping our children reading and without your help we would not be able to offer our children the variety which is essential in making our library shelves as varied, current and interesting as possible! In particular we would like to thank our school neighbours Mr and Mrs Hobson, who for many years have donated the most recent David Walliam's novel to our library at Christmas. Their kindness means our children are always offered the latest in the wacky world of Walliams. The Ice Monster is available to borrow now! Also many thanks go to A W Lathan who donated his book 'Angelina Janny Jones and the Lost Norn' -all book donations are special but A W Lathan was a pupil at our school 50 years ago! How inspiring for our budding little authors to have a former pupil's work on our library shelf.
During the last week of November, the Library welcomed 'Ready Steady Go!' Preschool for another morning of book based fun. The 22 children listened to the wonderful stories of 'Please Mr Panda' and 'I'll Wait Mr Panda' by Steve Anthony before learning the very funny 'Panda Song'! Afterwards they had an exciting time hunting for hidden donuts and making Mr Panda Faces as well as their own yummy donut! A lovely morning of bookish fun was had by all and we hope to see our very young friends again in the New Year.
Nell Lythgoe in Year 3 is our latest St Martin's Author. Nell’s lovely book all about her family is available to read in our Library. It is a funny book which has been written with so much love - Nell's family sound wonderful!
We have had an amazing start to Term 2 with some 'REAL LIFE' author visits to our Library!
On 13th November the fantasy fiction author Colin R Parsons was in school leading a writing workshop and chatted to our lunchtime library go-ers about his work. The children enjoyed learning new tips and tricks to help them with the fictional writing. Throughout the day, the children wrote thrilling fantasy stories with settings from another world! This was a rewarding and enjoyable day of creative writing. Then, on 14th November the author of the hugely popular Emily Windsnap series, Liz Kessler, visited our school and gave a very inspiring talk to our children in Years 3, 4 and 5. Afterwards she came to our Library to sign the books that some children had pre-ordered or brought from home.
Both authors loved our Library and Liz was very complimentary of how well the children listened to her and got involved - part of Liz's talk involved the children making up their own story using prompts from some 'story cubes'. St Martin's story involved a little girl called Layla, a shooting star, a castle and a 'High-5ing' Apple! The children enjoyed interacting with actual authors on both occasions and the excitement on the faces of the children was wonderful to see. There has been a lovely reading 'buzz' in our school since their visit - long may it continue!
Thank you to Meggie and Izzy who acted as our runners and author's 'helpers' as they are big Liz Kessler fans. Meggie has read the 1st Emily Windsnap book 5 times!
Over Term 1 all of our pupils have visited the library to borrow books, taking part in a storytime or an activity Tuesday. We have never been so busy and it is so encouraging to see our children really enjoying their library time. Pupil Librarians have had training shifts and been issued shiny, new Librarian badges and the Pupil Librarian Rota will start properly at the beginning of next term. If you are the Parent/Carer of a Pupil Librarian please help them to read their rotas and encourage commitment to their position - the library really needs them to run effectively!
In last week's ‘Activity Tuesday’ we explored our magical texts and made 'Book Wands' for bookmarks and 'magic spells' and this week the children were offered the opportunity to use their lunchtimes to enter our 'Gardening Club's Design a Scarecrow' competition and make some paper pumpkins.
We are also very proud of our new author. Chloe Hayter in 4JS has written and illustrated her book 'The Day I saw a Dragon' - featuring her brilliantly named hero 'Chloe Smoke' . Please come to the library and read this excellent picture book and remember Mrs Brown LOVES to read the books you have written so if you have a story growing inside you please put pen to paper and let the world read it!
12th October Library Update: 'St Martin’s welcomed ‘Ready Steady Go! Preschool’ to our library last week for a fun morning of Rabbit Foo Foo activities. We started by sharing the story ‘Rabbit Foo Foo’ by Michael Rosen then we all joined in with the rhyme- afterwards we went on a Rabbit Foo Foo hunt, looking for the naughty bunny who was hiding all over our library and then took part in a retelling and sticking activity, where all the children made their own Rabbit Foo Foo then turned him into a ugly ‘Goonie’- just like the book!
It was also an opportunity for the children to explore the space of our library and share the wonderful books. A lovely time was had by all and we look forward to welcoming Ready Steady Go! again later in the year for more bookish fun!'
‘Design our Scarecrow’ Competition - favourite Book Character: St Martin’s Gardening Club needs your help. We would like you to design a scarecrow that looks like your favourite book character. You must label your scarecrow with the materials and information that we would need to build it.
If you would like to take part in the scarecrow competition please collect an entry form from the Library and return it to the Library or Miss Daniels by closing date Wednesday 8th November.
The winner will receive a goody bag full of books
and will be able to help build their winning design to go into the quad.
Library News w.c. 24th September 2018:
We have had a wonderfully busy couple of weeks - Activity Tuesday’s have seen us celebrate Roald Dahl’s Birthday by making ‘Trunky’ elephants from his book ‘The Enormous Crocodile’. We marked the ‘UN International Peace Day’ by making Doves and this week we looked at Autumn stories and made our very own ‘Hodgehegs’ from the Dick King Smith book of the same name.
Mrs Brown was thrilled to meet our new Reception classes who came to the library for the first time this week to share a story and rhymes. The Reception children will be visiting every week to borrow a book to share at home and are all very keen to start reading!
The children who completed the local libraries Summer reading challenge were all mentioned in last week’s Achievement Assemblies and received a well deserve round of applause.
All of their names were entered into our Key Stage draws and the lucky winners of book bundles were Toby in Chestnut KS1 and Paul in 6G KS2.
September 2018: Our library has had a lovely start to the new school year with lots of the children who took part in the local library's 'Summer Reading Challenge' coming to show Mrs Brown their medals and certificates. We are enormously proud of these' Mischief Makers' - all of their names have been entered into our Draw and the winner from each Key Stage announced in our Achievement Assembly. Everyone who completed the challenge will be mentioned and their photos displayed in our Library as they are excellent reading role models!
All of our children will visit our Library over the next couple of weeks for a reminder session on how to use the Library and our expectations on how to care for our library books.
Our Library offers the perfect environment to listen to your child read as part of their 5 reads for the Reading Record, either before or after school and especially if your child is reluctant to read at home.
July End of Year Update:
We have had another busy year in our library! Some of the highlights have been receiving our book donation from the Weston Mercury, celebrating our 1st birthday, our rather snowy ‘World Book Day’ and of course our wonderful celebration event last Tuesday, where we saw lots of families and made some fantastic elephant ‘blowers’. All of our children have used the library over the last school year to borrow books, enjoy a story time or take part in our book-themed activities and we have had oodles of competition winners. We hope you have enjoyed reading your prizes!
Before and after school the number of parents using our library with their children has continued to increase and, especially in the mornings, our library is a lovely, busy, bookish community – the perfect way to start the day!
Please keep up your child’s enthusiasm for all things bookish over the summer by continuing to read and sign up for the local North Somerset Libraries, completely free, ‘Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge’.
During year group assemblies the ‘Beano’ themed challenge was explained to the children and was met with great enthusiasm!
To retain the reading skills your child has learnt during the school year they should read at least 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 is so proud of!
More information can be found at https://www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
At the end of the summer if your child completed the challenge please encourage them to bring in their medal and certificate to show Mrs Brown in the library. All children who do so will be named in our Achievement Assemblies and entered into a prize draw to win a fabulous book bundle!
Our new display – inspired by the most requested book of the year- ‘Supertato- Veggies Assemble’
Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet which was ‘retweeted’ and liked by the author Sue Hendra on Twitter!
June Update: Please can we ask that all library books are brought back to school no later than MONDAY 9TH JULY. Children will not be able to borrow a book from our library after this date, this is to enable us to prepare our library computer system ready for classes moving up in September. Individual reminders for books on loan will be issued next week. Please help your child look for their library books and return them by the above date. If books are lost or damaged we ask for a donation towards replacing the book. If you have any queries, please see Mrs Brown in our library.
Information about the local library's Summer Reading Challenge 'Mischief Makers' will be given to the children in upcoming assemblies and a letter will be coming home soon.
During June our library has been celebrating some special days! Firstly, ‘World Ocean Day’ where we read some under the sea books and made some octopuses like the colourful one in Giles Andrea’s ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. The following week we made Fathers Day cards to give to someone special in our lives.
St Martin’s Library Photo Competition
Thank you for all of the entries in our May half-term ‘Read Outside’ competition. They were all amazingly imaginative and we were really thrilled to see such an obvious love of reading and the great outdoors come together in your photographs!
We shared the photographs with the rest of the school in today’s Achievement Assemblies and awarded all entrants a book prize for their efforts. In KS1 Evalynn in Year 1 Chestnut class also received a bonus prize as she entered a lovely book of photos of her very own ‘Bear Hunt’ and in KS2 our bonus prize went to Emilia in 6C for dressing up in Harry Potter costume and finding a magical glade to take her photograph. Thank you to all those that entered and their parents who took time to support this competition - you really went above and beyond!
May 2018: It has been a very busy term in our library with lots to celebrate over the last couple of weeks. Summer seems to be here so our library is dressed ready for the beach - even our Stickman is ready for a paddle!
Our activities have included all things royal! We have enjoyed colouring in pictures of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, sharing the wonderful Steve Anthony picture book ‘The Queen’s Hat’ and making our own teensy royal babies.
The last week of term we celebrated the birthday of the American author of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ L Frank Baum and made tiny ‘Dorothy’ houses complete with a squashed ‘Wicked Witch of the West’!
The Library had some rather wonderful book post! We were chosen as one of 50 schools in the country to receive the 5 shortlisted books for ‘Oscar’s Book Prize’. Oscar’s Book Prize is supported by Amazon,the Evening Standard and the National literacy Trust and was set up in memory of Oscar Ashton by his parents to reward the brilliant creativity of early years literature and highlight the importance of reading with children.
The winner of this year’s award will be announced on the 14th May - Our library goers think it will be a very tricky job to choose a winner as all of the books are brilliant! All 5 books are now available to borrow and are proving very popular!
Activity Tuesday’s have seen us create some magical unicorn cards and look at our books on myths and legends and this week we celebrated ‘World Colouring Day’ by holding our own library colouring-in competition, as well as entering some national colouring competitions.
April 2018 News:
Over the last few weeks we have been exploring lots of different themed books in our library. We started the term by thinking about role models; many of our library goers have entered the ‘World Book Day’ competition launched to coincide with the release of the book ‘Young, Gifted and Black - 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present’.
The children had to draw a portrait of someone that inspires them or someone they would like to see featured in the next issue of the book. The children really thought about this and we had some excellent pictures of inspirational people like Martin Luther King, Michelle Obama and Usain Bolt among many others. We have put a selection of these portraits on our webpage, please do have a look! The national competition is judged later in the year and we will let you know if St Martin’s has a winner! Fingers crossed!
Also on ‘Activity Tuesday’ we marked Earth Day with some recycling craft- the children drew around their hands on recycled book pages - adding a globe with their ‘promise’ on how they would help make the world a better place which we have displayed in our library and this week we have marked the playwright William Shakespeare's birthday with a ‘Tudor Rose’ craft.
As always these activities allow plenty of opportunity for ‘book talk’ and I am always greatly impressed with our children’s general knowledge!
Mrs Brown, School Librarian
March 2018: Our Library ‘Activity Tuesdays’ have been full of Easter Arts and Crafts. We have been making Chickens and Rabbits and sharing lots of Spring themed stories.
Easter Eggs are of course amazing but please consider buying your child a lovely book as an Easter gift. ‘Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory’ by Elys Doolan is a lot of fun to share with younger children, full of angry chickens with a chocolatey problem and ‘The Great Chocoplot’ by Chris Callaghan will appeal to Roald Dahl fans with its laugh out loud moments and the threat of a chocopococalpse !
World Book Day Library Competition: These are the winners who all won a 'bookish' prize. Well done to all who entered - there were over 150 entries!
(Yr6 Jamee, Yr5 Ellie, Yr4 Jayden, Yr4 Connor, Yr3 Maria, Yr2 Stanley, Yr2 Kubus,
Yr1 Ebony, Reception Yuna, Reception Sebastian)
We have had an exciting couple of weeks at our library during January 2018! ...
We were very lucky to receive a donation of 100 books from The Weston and Worle Mercury as part of their ‘Books for School’ campaign. An article was published in the paper on Thursday 18th January and can be found online here:
It is always wonderful to be able to offer the children new and exciting reads as part of our reading for pleasure ethos. Please read the report and see if you can spot your library-goer in the picture.
Activity Tuesday has seen us commemorate Martin Luther King Day by looking at books about the great man and creating ‘Love All, Accept All’ banners to remember his message to the world. We also made bird feeders to support the annual RSPB Garden Bird Watch - we are going to hang some of our cereal hoop pipe-cleaner feeders in the library tree to see if we can encourage some birds to visit!
Before Christmas as part of our library activities some of our library goers entered The Reading Agency's National 'We are all Wonders' colouring competition. The children had to colour in a picture of Auggie, the main character in the 'Wonder' books, as imaginatively as possible. We are proud to announce St Martin's has a winner! Rhiannon Edwards in Year 5, lovely colouring and Rhiannon was one of only 5 winners from across the UK. We were very pleased to award her with her prize, a lovely bundle of Puffin books, in the achievement assembly. Well done Rhiannon and all that entered we love celebrating our children's achievements!
St Martin's Author: We would like to introduce another budding St Martin’s Author, Neitas in Yr3. Neitas has written the most amazing fact filled book about the Titanic. We are looking forward to his next book which he says will be about the RMS Lusitania!
Library News December 2017:
In the absence of any real snow and our children expecting it daily, our final ‘Activity Tuesday’ of the year was a snowman building extravaganza! With none of the real white, fluffy stuff to hand we used tubes and paper to create our wintery masterpieces. Some children opted to give their snow people natty ear muffs and scarves others choose to create their own ‘Olaf’ from the Disney movie Frozen. Out of all the activities that have run in our library this year – snowman- making is among the most popular!
Mrs Brown has enjoyed reading a whole host of Christmas books at Story Times over the last couple of weeks. Amongst others the children have enjoyed ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs Make a Christmas Wish’ by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds, ‘Cops and Robbers’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, and ‘Jesus’ Christmas Party’ by Nicholas Allan. Please do consider buying a book for your child amongst their Christmas gifts this year- ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Jingle Bells’ by Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton is a fabulous stocking filler for emerging readers and absolutely every child will find something to do in Andy Seed’s ‘The Anti-Boredom Christmas Book!
Library News November 2017:
As part of ‘National Non-Fiction November’ and to promote the use of ‘fact’ and information books our library hosted the annual ‘Library Record Breakers’ event end of November. Our library goers attempted to break records in activities such as ‘Fastest time to Find Wally’ ‘Longest Balloon Volley ’ and ‘Biggest Imaginary Orchestra playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’! LOTS of fun was had, previous records were smashed and everyone agreed that some record attempts were not as easy as they first looked! Everyone who entered a group record attempt got a ‘Library Record Breaker’ certificate and special mention goes to our individual record holders:
Sienna K Year 5 - ‘Most Stickmen drawn in 1 Minute’ (37)
Ruby H Year 6 -‘Tallest Brick Tower in 1 Minute’ (27 Levels)
Natalia C Year 5 - ‘Most 6’s Rolled in 1 Minute’ (11)
Our army of 'Year 6 Reading Volunteers' have been paired up with their Year 1 Buddies and started reading together this week. These brilliant Year 6 students volunteer to use their morning break time up to 3 times a week to listen to their buddy read. Mrs Brown has been so impressed by the way they have been working together. It is evident that it is an enjoyable time for both listener and reader and our Year 6 buddies are showing what excellent role models they are.
‘Activity Tuesday’ has been the first of our Christmas based crafts. Our library goers enjoyed making Reindeer Cards practising their colouring and cutting skills while sharing Christmas Stories and poems.
Mrs Brown has enjoyed reading the poems entered for the ‘World Book Day’ Christmas Poetry Competition. Some of our children choose to enter this competition while spending time in the library and Mrs Brown has now sent off all the entries - fingers crossed that St Martin’s will have a winner!
Here is Kady Year 3’s entry - I think you will agree that it is a fantastic piece of work!
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Santa, Santa Where are you?
Santa, Santa Where are you?
It’s nearly Christmas and I’m looking for you
I’ve made my wish, I’ve been good.
I try to do everything that I should.
Except this morning I took a lick
Of a Christmas peppermint stick.
I wasn’t meant to touch but it looked so yummy
Unfortunately now it’s in my tummy!
Santa, Santa I’m really not bad.
An empty stocking would make me sad.
Santa, Santa I really love you!
Please leave me presents, at least two.
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To celebrate our Library's 1st Birthday we invited all our children to enter our School Library Anniversary Competition and had an amazing response...
Key Stage 1 had to design a bookish card and Key Stage 2 children designed a bookish cake. We received 70 entries in total and there were 14 winners who each received a book prize in our Achievement Assembly.
The winners were chosen for their book theme and design – we had so many winners as it was SO HARD to choose just 1 - they were all very good!
Congratulations to Ella-Mai and Esme in Elm Class, Robyn Ash Class, Leo Year 1 Maple, Bart Year 2 Hazel, Corey Year 2 Beech, Leah Year 2 Pine, Skye-Marie in 3W, Maisie in 3MH, Veronika in 4LG, Harrison in 4G, Ella T in 5JM, Reece in 5JM and Imogen in 6C.
All the Prize winning entries to our ‘Design a Birthday Cake/Card Competition’ are now on display in the library. Please come and see them.
We celebrated our first birthday week with Bookworm Crafts and Library Challenges.
Ava Year 5 won our ‘Name the book character’ competition and Sally H correctly guessed the book that was hiding in the jar. They both chose a prize from Mrs Brown’s Prize Tin.
Anti-Bullying Week: Our activity for ‘Anti- Bullying Week’ was based on the wonderful ‘We Are All Wonders’ by R J Palacio. Mrs Brown read the story to our library go-ers and the children coloured in pictures of the book’s hero ‘Auggie’ to be sent off and entered into a national competition being run by the publisher ‘Puffin Books’. There was some really beautiful work- fingers crossed that St Martin’s may have a winner!
Thanksgiving in the USA: On Thursday 23rd November we also celebrated this holiday in our library - making turkey themed ‘thankful’ cards to give to people we were thankful for. It was also the perfect opportunity to talk about Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry book ‘Talking Turkeys’ and look at some information books about America.
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!’
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.
(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!
Competition Winner: Congratulations to Maya H and Morgan W 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!
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!
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. 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.
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.
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)