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Summer Reading Challenge



The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year in libraries over the summer holidays. This national reading for pleasure programme has been running for 16 years and last year more than 800,000 children took part by borrowing, reading and talking about their favourite books.


Each year, there is a different theme and name. This year, libraries everywhere are celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller Roald Dahl and the Summer Reading Challenge 2016 is called THE BIG FRIENDLY READ.


Children who take part:
  • Are more enthusiastic about reading
  • Maintain their reading level over the holidays
  • Boost their confidence and self-esteem



How it works:
  • Each child (aged 4-11) signs up at their local library
  • Children borrow and read at least SIX library books of their own choice
  • during the summer, collecting special cards and rewards along the way
  • Library staff and volunteers provide guidance and encouragement
  • Children receive a medal and/or a certificate when they complete the Challenge


Congratulations to the following children for successfully completing the Summer Reading Challenge:


Key Stage 1

Oliver Howard- Smith

William Howard- Smith

Amelia McManus

Hayden McManus


Key Stage 2

Alex Thomas

James Cope


Well done to all of them and their parents. We wish you all the best of luck in the Prize Draw!!!! 



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The BIG Friendly Read, with Nadiya Hussain

The BIG Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 is set to be a brilliant year! We sat down with Nadiya Hussain to talk to her about what she reads with her family, and she tells us about her new book "Bake Me a Story" and encourages EVERYONE to sign up for the Big Friendly Read!

Teddies, Tea and Toast

Reception children brought along their favourite soft toy along with a parents/carers for our Teddies, Tea and Toast family event. Activities included  Sharing Stories (child and adult), Teddy Bear trail (spelling activity) and Making Teddy Bear masks.



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Story Stars (lunchtime club) part of children’s university programme

Year 6 story star leaders read stories to Year 1 and 2 story stars.


Gigantic Bedtime Story Session


Year  1 and  2 changed into the Pjs and slippers and enjoyed a visit from Kate Swift from Kirkby library who read them and interactive story with puppets during a Bedtime Story session.  Year 3 then had a reading session on the gigantic bed the following morning. The children thoroughly embraced the event and fully relaxed on the gigantic bed as you can see from the photos!



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Book Club


Year 4 Book Club meet weekly to share and discuss a book of their choice.  The book this term was ‘Tom Gates Top of the Class’. You can read their Book Reviews here....


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Digismart Group

Year 5 Digismart group is an online reading programme. At the end of the 10 week core programme the children performed professional presentations about an Animal of their choice using Book Creator on the Ipads. The group invited Miss Withey and Miss Walton to watch them who were particularly impressed with their improved confidence.  This followed a visit from the Digismart Director who was particularly impressed with their presentation work too.

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Guy Bass Library Visit 14/3/16

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Chatterbooks groups (Y3,4,5) visited Kirkby Library to meet author Guy Bass best known for writing the Stitch Head books. Pupils really enjoyed listening to Guy Bass’ story and watching his amazing book illustrations session.

World Book Day 2016

On World Book Day the whole school followed a ‘Where’s Wally?’ trail around the school. We had a great time looking up high, looking down, looking behind things, looking underneath things. Some of them were really tricky to find and even Mrs Proffitt couldn’t find them and she hid them all!

In the afternoon we had Reading Buddy sessions when the Junior classes shared books with the Infants which we all really enjoyed.


The photos show our Where’s Wally? Prize Day Winners.

Our New Library


This term we decided that our school library was looking a little tired and needed a makeover...cue Miss Withey and her magic wand! We are thrilled to reveal our newly refurbished school library; a cosy, comfy, welcoming space in the centre of our school, where all children can relax, curl up and read a book.


Every class now has allocated time slots when groups can enjoy reading for pleasure, delve into some fact finding or listen to a story and sail away on a myriad of adventures! The library is open every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime and all children are invited to choose a book to enjoy at home. Have a peek at some of us enjoying some time in our fab new's Mrs Hudson's new favourite place to hide!!

The TARDIS Book Nook


Something new and spectacular has landed at Eastcroft Park... Our very own TARDIS!  When you enter the hallowed doors, you will find yourself transported into a very special 'book nook'; a cosy, little space for small groups to snuggle up and read a book and be transported into their own world of adventures! Our boys love it (and so does Jimmy, our site manger!) We're all on the lookout for the Doctor...

The Reading Hut

This term, the Reading Hut has been transformed into a sensational space station to fit in with our 'Space' themed hall. Every day, children who enter blast off into a galaxy of adventures!



Reading together is magical!

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Rights of the Reader

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Magical Reading Tour


We're thrilled to announce that Isabella Kelly in Y3 WON the National "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Magical Reading Tour" competition!!!

Her prizes include:

  • an eReader
  • book vouchers
  • a copy of the full Chitty Chitty Bang Bang series
  • original artwork from Chitty illustrator Joe Berger
  • £500 worth of books for our school


Congratulations to Isabella and a huge well done to all the children who took part in the competition - we're very proud of you all!

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