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Workshop with Polly Ho-Yen for Liverpool Children's Reading Festival


Year 6 completed a workshop with author Polly Ho-Yen for Liverpool Children's Reading Festival. We learned about her process for writing and planning story ideas. We tried digging into our own 'brain compost' to spark some ideas of our own!


Library Taster Session and North Liverpool Academy


Some of our Year 6 pupils were invited to take part in a library taster session at North Liverpool Academy. Firstly, we looked at different libraries from all around the world. Next, we went on a fact finding hunt around the library to answer some questions about William Shakespeare. Finally, we created our own television news broadcasts based around Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. We all had a great day and learnt a lot about how to use a library for enjoyment as well as for knowledge!

Storybarn Trip at Calderstones


Year 6 visited the Storybarn at Calderstones Park for a 'Storybard' Shakespeare themed workshop. Children learned about and performed excerpts from different Shakespeare plays including 'Macbeth', 'Romeo & Juliet' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. We performed in lots of different locations around the park and even got to use costumes and props to help our performances. Additionally, we had the opportunity to write our own Shakespeare themed prologues using special Shakespearian phrases.  There was even time for an ice-cream! 

Summer Reading Challenge


Congratulations to Year 6's first entry of the Summer Reading Challenge! Her book choices included: Enid Blyton, JK Rowling, and Helena Duggan.

Story Sessions

Whether at school, or working from home remotely, we are ensuring that ALL children are still taking part in our twice weekly story sessions. Accompanied with theme music, this is a part of the week that both teachers and children alike look forward to. 

We Are Writers! 

To celebrate World Book Day, every child in our school wrote their own short story. These stories were then published in our very own SFDS book! With a plethora of genres - there really is something for everyone in our latest 'We are Writers' edition. Why not read a story or two at home before bed? Did you know reading before going to sleep has been proven to:

  • boost brain power
  • reduce stress
  • help you to have a more restful night 

So what are you waiting for - dive into your copy tonight.

Happy Reading! 

Our Class Read: War Horse

We dont simply read our class novel, it provides a whole range of cross curricluar opportunities. So far we have looked at history, art and oracy. We're barely halfway through!