Take a look at what we've been up to...
This year, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of World Book Day! We thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book character and sharing our favourite book with the class. Throughout the day, we participated in lots of activities, such as: creating our own rap about books, participating in BBC live lessons, creating our own book characters, listening to audio books, designing our own National Book Token in the official World Book Day competition and much more. We then had the pleasure of being read to by another teacher in the afternoon, during the teacher swap session. To continue our celebrations, we have since been working on completing our very own Spring Reading Challenge.
Reading on BBC Radio Stoke!
Some of our Year 6 children have represented St Mary's Catholic Primary School on BBC Radio Stoke’s book club! The children selected one of their favourite books to read an extract from with some clues to help the audience. I wonder if you can guess which book they chose…? The children also spoke about our wonderful new library! Below is the link for you to listen to - skip to one hour and 39 minutes into the programme and the second part at 1 hour 48 minutes .
Some of our Year 1 children had a lovely afternoon meeting Karen and Dotty the reading dog. They were so happy reading to Dotty and talking about their books.
To celebrate Roald Dahl day this year, each class conducted a scientific investigation based on a Roald Dahl book. The children had lots of fun making lava lamps, fizzy colours and using their footprints to measure their height! Who says learning isn't fun?
Friday 14th May 2021
St Mary's took part in Pyjamarama - a day in pyjamas to celebrate reading and stories! We raised a huge £294 to support the provision of books for children who are less fortunate, as we know how important reading is!
We were able to recommend our favourite books to our peers and we participated in lots of reading activities throughout the day, such as: acting out our favourite nursery rhymes/stories, which we shared with residents of Rowan Court; miming the most dramatic part of our favourite traditional tales; reading a range of non-fiction books and sharing the most fascinating facts we could find; performing our favourite poem and explaining why we liked it; deciding which books we would take with us on a desert island and being able to justify these choices; and reading a range of mystery and horror books from which we voted for the ultimate scary story! To finish off our reading festival, we shared juice and biscuits whilst listening to a story.
Children' s author, Eamonn Reilly, visited St. Mary's to inspire our children to write. He shared some of his intriguing stories with us and gave us some super writing tips and challenges to complete.
We were given the opportunity to purchase his books which were personally signed by Eamonn himself!