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World Book Day Vocabulary Winners

Children (and staff) made a fantastic effort this year to dress as vocabulary, or to add vocabulary to their WBD costume choice. KS2 winners have already been awarded a £5 book token to spend at our book fair.

Year 5/6: Frosso

Year 3/4: Sophie W

Year 1/2: Nate and Teo S

Sadly, we missed our chance to capture Sophie's costume on camera, but she dressed as a rabbit and attached 'adorable' which her classmates agreed was a fitting adjective to attach to all rabbits! Frosso had to repeatedly remind us how to pronounce her word choice which means a fear of the number 13! Nate looks thrilled to be dressed as 'camouflage' - his smiling face really sums up the spirit of WBD! We all agree with Teo that reading is a window onto the world. Everyone can be a reader. We can all travel wherever we wish to when we read. Some of us are hoping we will continue to travel away from the rain and into the sun!

We have had some great discussions in school around the impact carefully chosen vocabulary can have on a reader, or a listener, and we have generated lots of synonyms and antonyms as well. WBD has been a lot of fun and we'd like to thank you for your support in helping your child to dress-up.

Some clever runner-up costumes

World Book Day 2022 is Thursday 3rd March. Our dressing up focus is vocabulary. Across both school sites, we will be dressing up as a word (a costume that reflects a chosen word e.g. dressing as 'dictionary' by choosing to be covered in words), or dressing up a word (focussing on the word itself that might be worn, or carried as a banner or placard). Children can still opt to dress as their favourite book character, we would just like them to add a word that describes their character e.g. Marvel's Spiderman might be accompanied by the word 'agile', the Wolf from Red-Riding Hood might be assigned 'cunning'. A WBD vocabulary focus provides an ideal opportunity for us to continue to promote spoken language and raise its profile whole school. There will be a prize in each year-group this year for the most interesting vocabulary choice. Winners will receive a book, or a book token to spent at our Travelling Book Fair. This year's WBD theme is 'we are all readers' and the official WBD site offers suggested activities, some of which your child might enjoy at home Cambridge will be providing a WBD book for every child again this year These books can be 'purchased' in school using WBD tokens.

MC Grammar: World Book Day Song 2022

Travelling Book Fair 2022

We missed out hosting the fair in 2021, but are happy to confirm that The Travelling Book Fair will again be visiting us this year. It will run in the school hall on each site every afternoon from Monday 7th - Thursday 10th March (4 days) from 3.30pm until 4.00pm. Commission raised at this fair helps to fund class libraries. If you’d like to purchase a book, you can pay online. Book Fair gift vouchers are also available to purchase online, to spend in person at the fair. You can find out more about books available for purchase, pricing and payment options at you would prefer to pay in cash on the day, please could you bring smaller notes and coins, as the school office is now cashless so we will have a limited float available from which to provide change. If children would like to listen to chapter one of a book from the catalogue, this can be done via
If you are unable to visit school sites in person, there is also the option to order online so we hope no-one will miss out. We raised £1,060 in 2020 and it would be fantastic if we could come close to this total this year. We raised £774.00 this year which has now been spent on non-fiction books to support children's in-class learning. We would like to thank everyone who supported our fair. It has been a challenging year for everyone and we appreciate you turning up and spending money even in an year where the cost of everything has sky-rocketed!

We will also take donations of pre-loved books throughout this week, at a donation table, if you have any quality books at home in need of recycling to a new home, or if you would like to purchase a book from the fair for your child's class. We would also like to thank everyone who has donated books - old or new - to help us resource class and central libraries across both sites. Your on-going support is really valued by us all.

KS2 Writing Workshops: Keith Hatton

Following the popularity of his initial whole school author visit, Keith Hatton returned to visit us at both KS2 school campuses to focus on writing. Children really enjoyed his narrative workshops that focussed on using the 5 senses to help enliven writing. His visit linked up perfectly with current fictional units, as children across Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been writing narrative character descriptions and/or settings. When talking with children after each visit, they all agreed these workshops had been fun, helpful to them and engaging; they are looking forward to applying some of Keith's teaching tips to their next English units. It was rewarding to see children of all abilities participate and leave sessions feeling pleased with what they had achieved. Y5/6 even delayed their breaktime to maximise their workshop time! Some children also asked to be given extra time to finish the writing they had started in their workshop which shows just how much fun writing can be!

Amelie (Y5) shared, "I liked that he didn't care about spelling or punctuation, so I could focus on using exciting vocabulary instead." 

Jaiden (Y6) said, "I enjoyed the sounds and the music that helped me concentrate and at the same time helped to think of ideas". 

Evie and Chloe (Y4) hurried into Miss Haji's classroom as soon as Keith had finished his workshop to ask, "When can we have Keith back again to teach us? We LOVED writing with him today!" 

Hopefully, Keith can indeed return to Hardwick and Cambourne one day soon...meantime, we have World Book Day to look forward to next where our focus is vocabulary which fits beautifully with Keith's input.

KS1 and KS2 author visit: Keith Hatton

KS1 and KS2 children all thoroughly enjoyed Keith Hatton's visit. There were queues around the carpark to purchase signed copies of his books after school across both sites! A sure indication of how much children had enjoyed their experience. Year 3/4 and Y5/6 are looking forward to welcoming Keith back to run a writing workshop for each of their classes early in the Spring term. Listening to authors share their love of writing really is a fantastic way to engage and motivate children. As a school, we feel very lucky to have found Keith who is keen to come back and continue to inspire a love of writing throughout Key Stage 2. If you would like to explore books written by Keith, details can be found at

EYFS author visit: Paul Bermingham ‘Is that a Zebra Crossing?’ 

Classics Competition: KS2

If you like the Ancient Greeks, you will LOVE this competition! Hand any entries in to Miss Haji via the school office. You can only enter 1 category, but if you want to submit more than 1, we will judge these in school and put forward what we think is your best effort. If we receive lots of entries, we will run an in-school competition alongside the official classics competition and award our own prizes for Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 winners too. We are so excited to see what you come up with...good luck!

Reading Rocks Reviews

Reading Rocks Reviews is an English project in which students write, video and share their own  book reviews with the help of some well known authors including Michael Rosen. These reviews can be written or videoed in a vlog style review. Below are some examples to inspire you. Can you create your own that's even better? Which book would you review? Happy vlogging and remember to #keepreading!

Reading Rocks Review: The Hunger Games

An example of a book review VLOG. These book reviews are for you, by you!! Can yours be any better? Which book would you pick?

Reading Rocks Review: The Gruffalo (ks1)

Book reviews for you, by you!

Reading Rocks Review: Goodnight Mr Tom

Reviews for students, by students.

Some resources you may like to use to create your Reading Rocks Review:

Resources for your book review!

Saving Planet Anksi!

A new writing and drama challenge for children aged 7-11! Over 3 weeks, children are invited to explore the online story by investigating artefacts from museums, storytellers and artists as they piece together clues in the story world.  Children will share their ideas with other children through the website. The story will also consider looking after our planet by exploring eco-literacy. In week 3 there will be a writing challenge for children to take part in.

What is the story about?

What if the secret of our secure future lay in the forgotten past?

​A secret that only children knew about. It told the stories of a past world which became a wasteland.

Once upon a time there was a city of dreams. Something happened there a long-time ago. An event that shifted everything. Since that time, a group of children have become Story Rebels. They are time travellers who reimagine histories and create new worlds. Worldbuilders. Can they find out the secrets of the past to save the future? Are they brave enough to face the challenges ahead? 

Message from Leonie Lord the author of The Gigglepigs

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Leonie Lord's 'The Giggle Pigs' Challenge 

Complete one of the activities below and post to the school's Instagram page and the best entries will be sent to Leonie Lord the author of The Gigglepigs. Some resources for the activities are below, but feel free to create your own and let your imagination run wild.

Activity one:

Create your own Giggle Pig puppets and perform the story with them

Activity two:

Create a scene from the book by colouring and drawing.

Activity three:

Become an author and illustrator and create a storyboard of the story (use the link below to remind yourself of the story)

Activity Four:

Create your own Giggle Pig map? How funny can you make it? Will you have a river of jelly? a mountain of candyfloss? Or a swamp of custard?

Activity 5:

Write the second book in the series. Don't forget to give it a title, front cover and blurb. What could The GigglePigs get up to on their second adventure? Where could they go? Who or what may they met on their journey? 

Book in a Box Winners: Carys (Y1) and Emily (Y6)

Book in a Box: Reading Competition

We had a fantastic level of entries for our spring term reading competition that coincided nicely with Book Week. Many children, teachers and parents really enjoyed voting for their favourite box during our book fair which made Miss Renshaw's job of picking 2 winners much less stressful too! Emily, in Year 6, contacted her chosen author Robin Stevens about her 'A Murder Most Unladylike' box and she tweeted a reply!! Other children might like to follow Emily's example and make contact with the author of their chosen boxes. Any replies received would make a lovely school display alongside entries, once we are able to reopen. This would also celebrate writing for real purpose which is something, along with pupil voice, that we value very highly as school in all year groups. Authors do often like to hear from their readers, so whether or not your child entered this competition, they might find it exciting to correspond with them under your parental supervision. Other ideas could include writing an alternative ending for a favourite story and/or creating an additional chapter, illustration or character. Children could even write their own version of a story or create and share their own picture book, poetry, rhyme or fairy tale with authors and/or publishing houses. 

Travelling Book Fair 2020

We raised a whopping £1060 in commission this year! This is a fantastic amount and we would like to extend a heart-felt thank-you to everyone who attended and purchased books. There was a real buzz in the Hardwick hall with 'book in a box' voting generating a spirit of healthy competition and lively conversation about reading; we will be looking to repeat this in future years. We also received a number of very high quality pre-loved books this year at our donation tables and these have already been shared with grateful class teachers from EYFS-Year 6. Books can be donated at any point in the year, but it worked very well this year during this dedicated week and we really appreciate your generosity. We are now looking forward to spending the commission you have raised ready for children to enjoy in their classrooms soon.

Fun with Books: Can you Identify our 2020 WBD Characters?

Book Week 2020: Sustainable Living

World Book Day and Travelling Book Fair 2020

World Book Day is Thursday 5th March. We will all be dressing up as a book character on this day that falls within a dedicated ‘book week’ where we will be celebrating a love of reading across both school sites. Our book week’s theme this year will be based around sustainable living. If anyone would prefer to dress up around that theme instead, then this would also be appropriate - and hopefully FUN too!

Heffers Cambridge will be providing a WBD book for every child across both sites again this year that can be redeemed using WBD tokens that will be shared by us with children during Book Week. 

As well as World Book Day and our dedicated Book Week, the Travelling Book Fair will also be visiting both sites from Monday 9th – Thursday 12th March. Books will be on sale after school on these days from 3:30pm-4:00pm: in Hardwick site’s hall and Cambourne site’s library. 

If you have any 'pre-loved' books you would like to donate to help supplement classroom shelves and libraries, this would be a good time in the term for us to receive these. If you were to bring these to the fair, there will be a table dedicated to receiving them.

At the end of our book week, we will announce the winner of our Book Week competition which is to design a gadget, device or idea that would enable us to live more sustainably in the future. More competition details will be available in school assemblies and via class teachers nearer the time. Competition winners will receive a voucher to select a free book from the Travelling Book Fair.

We will share details about our '100 books to read' initiative during 'book week' that we hope will inspire children to read a range of different titles and generate discussion about books at home and in school.

Children's Program of Events: 16th - 19th April 2020

Year 6 English Challenge Final

Year 6 English Challenge

We are all super-proud of our Year 6 team again this year - Hermione, Tamsyn, Freddie and Yahel - who represented us at the 5th annual English Challenge held at Monkfield Park Primary School. We came 3rd and, as points were so close this year, we have a chance of being entered into the final at Ely Cathedral in December. We all have our fingers crossed! Our team did especially well in the book-quiz round and would recommend everyone to keep reading! It was a fun event and our representatives all worked brilliantly together as a team to answer memory round questions, grammar questions and a wide range of really challenging questions about a number of different authors, books, poems, synonym and antonym vocabulary and text types. A big thank-you to all parents for supporting us and for school staff who gave up their evening to attend and support our team.

Woop Woop: we are through to the final at Ely Cathedral on Wednesday 4th December!! 100 county-wide schools took part in this challenge and we are one of 23 schools who have made it through to the final.

Reading Cafe

On December 2nd we held our first reading cafe where pupils shared books, reading challenges and top tips for well as some delicious cakes and hot chocolate. Thank you to everyone who baked cakes, donated books and to all of those who came along. It was a great success!