Thursday, 1 December 2016

The decorations have been put up in the library and the whole area is looking very festive.
The focus genre until the end of term is of course Christmas. There are stories, information, poetry, joke and origami books all for you to choose from.

New Books

Monday, 31 October 2016

If you are a fan of Dork Diaries and Tom Gates come and have a look at the new books that have just arrived in the library.
The Hilldene Bake Off may be over but if you enjoyed baking and would like ideas and inspiration for your next bake there are two new cookery books for you to have a look at.
All of these books and many others are availbale for you to borrow from the library and are located on the new book shelves.
Happy reading.

Summer Reading Challenge

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The certificates and medals have arrived for the children that managed to complete this year's reading challenge. They will be presented to them this week.
It was particularly difficult to complete the challenge this year due to the closure and relocation of Hilldene Library. Hopefully many of you have visited the new library and have had a look around.
Well done to all of the children that completed the challenge this year.

National Poetry week

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

We are celebrating all kinds of poetry this week at school. It is national poetry day on Thursday 6th October, a time to embrace, enjoy and read poetry. On Monday poet Baden Prince came into school, he held workshops with year groups 1- 6. The children thouroughly enjoyed the time they spent with him and had fun.
There are numerous poetry books to choose from in the junior library come and take a look at the selection and perhaps borrow one to take home to share with your family.

Roald Dahl

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Welcome back to school and the school library after the summer holidays. There is a great deal to look forward to this term including a celebration of Roald Dahl's books. If Roald was still alive today he would be celebrating his 100th birthday next week, on the 13th September. Matilda has been voted the favourite Roald Dahl story closely followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There are many of his books in the library, why not read one of your favourite ones?

If you still have a library or reading book from last term please arrange to return them as soon as possible.
Thank you

Mrs Martin

Design A Dragon Competition

Monday, 11 July 2016

At last I am pleased to be able to announce the winners of the competition. They are

Mireia - 2P
Curtis - 5RH
Cydnee - 6T

All of them have been presented with a certificate and a reading book about dragons in assembly. Their excellent designs have been entered into the national competition, which is run by Scholastic Books. If any of them are national winners I will be notifeid by 30th September.
In total there were 63 entries, which I'm sure you will agree, is a very impressive amount. All entrants have now been presented with certificates.
There is a display of the some of the designs in the junior library. If you have a spare moment it is worth taking a look.

Summer Holidays

Friday, 1 July 2016

Looking for something to do in the long summer holidays?
Here are a couple of suggestions:

The Summer Reading Challenge

The summer reading challlenge is being run again this by staff at all of Havering public libraries. This year's theme is Roald Dahl's BFG (the big friendly giant). Once again the challenge is to read six library books during the school holidays. The only difference being that this year you will need to take a book that you have read with you. Cards will be given for every book read - some of them are really smelly! They can be stored in a special Big Friendly Read collectors folder which you will be given. If you manage to complete the challenge you will be awarded a medal and certificate in school during the autumn term.
The official launch date is 16th July however children can sign up to take part at any time after that date.
Please note that Hilldene Library will be closed from 16th July until 8th August when it will re open in a brand new building within Hilldene shopping area.

Meet Author Tom Gates

During the weekend of 5th to 7th August children's author Tom Gates will be reading from and talking about his new book series called 'Wings'. He will be speaking at a trio of events in and around London.

5th August Imperial War Museum London.
6th August RAF Museum Hendon
7th August Imperial War Museum Duxford.

His events are free. There is also free entry to the Imperial War Museum London.

Design a Dragon Competition

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

I am launching an exciting new competition this week in the library it is to design, colour and describe a dragon. Let your imagination run wild and create a unique, scary or beautiful dragon. It could have huge scaly wings, razor sharp teeth or dagger like claws. Your design needs to be colourful to have the most impact and of course your dragon needs to have a name. There is also an area on the entry form to write a brief description as well as an area to write statistics about your dragon.
If you would like to enter collect an entry form from the library. Ensure that your name and class is written on your entry and handed to me by the closing date which is 13th June.

Certificates will be presented to every child who has entered the competition. There will be three winners who will receive a prize. Winning dragons will be entered for a national competition run by ScholasticBooks. If one of our designs is the national winner the dragon will be drawn by author and illustrator Cressida Cowell (she has written the series 'How To Train Your Dragon') the artist will also receive £200 of drawing materials and gifts.

Terry Deary

Monday, 11 April 2016

Welcome back to school for the summer term, I hope you all enjoyed the Easter holiday.
This term our focus author is Terry Deary.
He has written the wonderfully successful Horrible Histories series. There are over 100 titles in the collection ranging from Awful Egyptians to Woeful Second World War and everything in between. He has played a huge part in making history popular and appealing to children. The books are informative, entertaining and at times gruesome, something that a great deal of children like.
As well as books Horrible Histories have been turned into very successful theatre shows, exhibitions, comics and computer games. This has made history 'come alive' and included a whole new audience increasing the popularity of the subject.
Next time you are in the Library take a look at our huge selection of books written by Terry Deary.

Terry Deary Facts

  • He was born in Sunderland in January 1943.
  • He did not like school as he was bullied. He preferred to work in his father's butcher shop when he could.
  • He became an actor in 1972.
  • He has had many various jobs including theatre director, museum manager, drama teacher, TV presenter and of course author.
  • In 1975 he married Jenny, they have one daughter.
  • In his spare time he likes to run and raise money for charity.
  • He belongs to Derwentside Athletic Club.
For further information have a look at his website

Book Fair

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended the book fair in March. We have raised a very impressive £169 in commission which will be used to buy new books for the Library.
Your support is very much appreciated.

World Book Day 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016

Once again there were a huge amount of entries for the design a bookmark competition. The standard was very high but eventually six winners were chosen. The children have selected their prizes from the book fair. Congratulations to the lucky winners and well done to everyone who took part.

Don't forget to use your book voucher to get one of the specially printed World Book Day books, which you can swap your voucher for, and are available from bookshops, Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco etc. Alternatively use it for a £1 disount off a book of your choice.

World Book Day 2016

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Happy World Book Day

Pupils and staff have been transformed today into villains from popular books in celebation of World Book Day. Our focus book of Firebird has been well received with a theatre production on Monday and the firebird itself landing in various places around the school, currently it is in the junior library.

The book fair is opening after school today in the junior hall and will continue on Friday and Monday. Why not have a browse at the selection offered? Don't forget to bring your book voucher with you, in case you want to buy a book, as this will give you a £1 discount.

If you would like to enter the design a bookmark competition the closing date is tomorrow (Friday) lunchtime. Hand in completed entries to either myself or your teacher. Ensure that your name and class is written on the reverse of the bookmark. Winners will be announced on Monday.
Good luck and happy reading.

World Book Day 2016

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

World book day is 3rd March this year, which is next week.

It's the time of year when we celebrate books and reading for pleasure. Every child will be given a £1 book voucher which can be used to buy one of the books published especially for the event. These special books only cost £1 so effectively the book is free. They are available from book shops and supermarkets until 27th March but you will need to be quick as stock soon disappears.

Titles include: Kipper's Visitor

Supertato To The Rescue

Daisy And The Trouble With Jack

The Great Mouse Plot

Welcome To The World Of Norm

Star Wars: Adventures In Wild Space

Harper And The Sea Of Secrets

The Boy Who Could Do As He Liked

The vouchers can also be used as a £1 discount against any other book with a purchase price of £2.99.

As usual a book fair will be held in school it will arrive on World Book Day itself, 3rd March and will be collected on 9th March. It will be open in the Junior hall daily after school. The voucher can also be used as a discount against any of the books on the shelves.

In conjunction with the book fair a competition will be held to design a book mark. Each child will be given a book mark to decorate and create their designs on. Book marks need to be completed by end of school on Friday 4th March so that judging can take place. One lucky winner will be chosen from each year group they will be able to choose a book from the book fair as their prize.

In addition children and staff can dress up as their favourite villain.

If you would like to find out more information about World Book Day there is a brilliant website to visit:

Its full of games to play, quizzes to complete, details of new books, short videos featuring various authors talking about their work and much more.
 Kipper’s VisitorDaisy and the Trouble With JackThe Boy Who Could Do What He LikedStar Wars: Adventures in Wild Space


Monday, 1 February 2016

To coincide with the release of the movie Goosebumps, at the cinema, an up to date set of the books written by R.L.Stine have been published. There are sixteen in total. Read them if you dare!!

David Walliams

Monday, 4 January 2016

It's the start of a new term and a new year. This term our focus author is David Walliams. He has been described by many people as 'the fastest growing children's author in the UK' as well as 'the new Roald Dahl'. All of his books are available to borrow from the Library. Read on to discover interesting facts about the man himself.

He was born on 20th August 1971. He changed his surname to Walliams when he became an actor.

The public know him for being a TV personality, actor, comedian and more recently an author. He is a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and is famous for his humour on the show. He has written and starred in two TV series where he played a chemistry teacher.

David is a great supporter of Comic Relief and has been made an honorary trustee of the charity. One of his most famous fund raising events was to swim the River Thames which is 140 miles long!! This event alone raised over 2 million pounds. Last year he chose an easier challenge and wrote a book called The Queen’s Orang-Utan and donated all profits to the charity.

He began writing children’s books in 2008 his first novel was called The Boy in the Dress. Since then he has written another seven books for children aged nine and over and four picture books for younger readers. His books have sold over 4 million copies worldwide with five of them being made into films. His most successful book, Gangsta Granny, is currently being adapted for theatre.

If you are a David Walliams fan take look at his website

It’s great fun filled with surprises, information and even a game of scrabble.