BBC Radio 2 500 Words Short Story Competition

Friday, 30 January 2015

This is the 5th year that BBC Radio 2 have hosted the 500 word story competition and it's bigger than ever. If you are lucky enough to be one of the national winners, the presentation will be held in St James Palace attended by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. There is a brilliant website to accompany the competition  (  that gives you all the infromation you need. Naturally it has all the usual stuff such as rules and terms and conditions, but it also has cool stuff such as stars reading last years winning stories, tips from top authors and judges Francesca Simon, Frank Boyce and Malories Blackman. There are inspirational ideas and Alphabot the robert to give you words to include in your story when you press his tummy. Take a look at the web site there is loads for you to listen, watch and read. The closing date is 26th February 2015.

Captain Underpants and Tom Gates

Thursday, 22 January 2015

There are two new hilariously funny book collections in the Library.
Captain underpants written by Dav Pilkey.
George and Harold create a superhero at school and bring him to life. Captain Underpants gets up to all sorts of antics and creates chaos at every opportunity.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates written by L Pichon.
If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid books these are definitely for you, they are written in a similar style and are just as funny. Tom keeps a diary and writes everything in it good and bad.

Something New For The Library

Friday, 16 January 2015

When you return a library book I would like you to collect a book review. This can be used, by you, to promote books to your friends as well as other children in the school. The review is your chance to give your opinion about a story, it also includes other information such as the title, author and a star rating.
A display will be created in the Library area for everyone to see. So, if you are stuck and can't decide what to read next or you want to try something different, read some of the reviews that your friends have written, it may be just be the inspiration you need.

Horrible Histories Books

Friday, 9 January 2015


Horrible Histories are books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown. They were first published in 1993 and have been a huge hit. Children love them because of their gory content and wicked facts that make history interesting.
There are many horrible histories books for you to choose from in the library. There is also a great web site,, for you to investigate that has loads of information, fun stuff and games to play.
As a result of the success and popularity of the books a BAFTA award-winning CBBC show has been made as well as a theatre stage show.

Design a Picture Competition

Monday, 5 January 2015

The pictures for the competition were sent off at the end of last term. If any of them are chosen as the national winner I will be sent an e-mail by the end of Januray. So fingers crossed. All artists were presented with a certificate in celebration assembly. Well done to all who entered.


Anne Fine


Anne Fine is our author of the term. She has written over forty books for children, mainly about social problems, as well as a few for adults. On World Book Day (5th March 2015) Anne will be visiting our school and helping us to celebrate this very special day.
If you have not read one of Anne's books before why not come to the Library to have a look at our selection?

Anne Facts
  • Anne was born in December 1947.
  • Anne studied History and Politics at Warwick
  • She has two daughters.
  • In 1978 Anne's first book, The Summer House Loon, was published.
  • In 1990 Anne won The Carnegie Medal for her book Goggle Eyes. (The Carnegie Medal is an award given to authors the The Library Association)
  • In 1993 Anne won The Carngie Medal for the second time for her book Flour Babies.
  • In 2001 Anne became the second Children's Laureate. This award is given to outstanding writers and illustrators every two years.
  • In 2002 Anne set up a webiste ( which encourages children to print a bookplate (or label) into thier own favourite book. The designs have been created by very famous illustrators such as Nick Sharratt, Quentin Blake and Helen Oxenbury. Why not print one and stick it into one of your own favourite books?
  • Anne's storeis have been translated into numerous languages.
  • Some of her books have been made into films the most famous of which is Madam Doubtfire. The film is called Mrs doubtfire and starred Robin Williams.
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