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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?’ 

World Book Day is Thursday 4th March. Our dressing up focus is vocabulary. Across both school sites, we will be dressing up as a word, or dressing up a word (tips to help have been sent out separately via parent mail). If any child prefers to dress as their favourite book character instead, we would like them to also add a word that describes their character and/or personality e.g. queen and/or ferocious. Spoken language is being  affected by reduced opportunities for spontaneous social interaction during lockdown. A vocabulary focus provides an ideal opportunity for us to promote language. We will be creating a World Book Day gallery as a celebration of words, so please send your photographs to if your child would like to be featured. Our own school's dedicated ‘Book Week’, where we will be celebrating a love of reading across both school sites, will be run during whichever week schools fully reopen. Our book week’s theme this year will be based around escapism and the idea that reading can transport you anywhere. In the current climate, this seems a very fitting theme. Once they are able to reopen, Heffers Cambridge will be providing a WBD book for every child across both sites again this year that can be redeemed using WBD tokens. We will share these with children when schools (and shops) fully reopen. 

World Book Day (WBD) Vouchers: UPDATE

Sadly, due to lockdown no WBD books have been issued this year. This means Heffers cannot provide us with WBD books for children to 'buy' with their WBD voucher on each school site. However, Heffers are still honouring WBD vouchers, so if your child would like to buy a book from Heffers, their WBD voucher will be accepted in the shop and £1.00 will be deducted from the purchase price. We hope you can make use of this offer and that your child will enjoy visiting Heffers to browse for a book now that non-essential shops have reopened. 

The World Book Day Song by MC Grammar

153 Authors Wish You a Happy World Book Day 📚

Scholastic: Author Workshops

Michael Rosen LIVE

The Children's Bookshow Digital Festival 2021: Michael Rosen Wednesday 3rd March 11.00am - KS2

Kwame Alexander LIVE

Children's Bookshow Digital Festival 2021: Kwame Alexander Wednesday 3rd March 1.30pm - Year 5/6

Catherine Johnson in conversation, LIVE with Nicolette Jones

Children's Bookshow Digital Festival 2021: Catherine Johnson Thursday 4th March 11.00am - Year 5/6

Daniel Morden LIVE

Children's Bookshow Digital Festival 2021: Daniel Morden Thursday 4th March 1.30pm - Year 5/6

Neal Layton LIVE

Children's Bookshow Digital Festival 2021: Neal Layton Friday 5th March 11.00am - Years 2, 3 and 4

Jo Empson LIVE

Children's Bookshow Digital Festival 2021: Jo Empson Friday 5th March 1.30pm - Years 1, 2 and 3

Travelling Book Fair 2021

The book fair cannot visit us this year and we suspect we won't be able to host this revenue-building event  until 2022. If you would like to support us by donating a book (fiction or non-fiction) to your child's class library instead, that would be really appreciated. This could be done via our Amazon wish-list, or should you prefer to make a donation via another retail provider, a donation box will be made available in each site office from Monday 1st March. A donation of any book you think your child would enjoy reading would be gratefully received. Should it help, suggestions can also be found in the 'Reading' section of this page where there are newly released book lists (e.g. UKLA) and trusted websites to help source a variety of reading materials and range of genres (e.g. Books for Topics, Good Reads, Love of Reading). You could perhaps browse these sites with your child and select a book in which they show interest. Although we ordinarily like to receive quality pre-loved book donations at this time of year, unfortunately these cannot be accepted until lockdown restrictions are lifted. We would like to say a massive THANK-YOU to those of you who have already started to send in books - children will be very excited to see these featuring in their class libraries soon, as they return to school.

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!

KS1 Christmas Reading Challenge

Enjoy reading? Love Christmas holidays? Then take part in the ks1 reading challenge. Print off the sheet below and colour in each bauble when you complete the reading challenge. Happy Reading! 

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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The Giggle Pigs by the fabulous Leonie Lord

Can you join in without giggling?

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!