Tom Palmer

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Tom Palmer is the author of over 45 books for children, the majoirty of which are sport themed, mainly football. In fact it was reading about football that changed his life. He wasn't a very enthusiastic reader when he was young as he found it very difficult. His Mum encouraged him to read newspaper articles, magazines and books about football, gradually he began to love reading as he wanted to find out more about his favourite sport. He went to night school to enrol on A Level courses when he was 21, 5 years after most of his friends, and began a degree course in European Literature when he was 24. He had several jobs before becoming an author including milkman, warehouse worker, book salesman, librarian and audiologist for The Royal Institute for the Blind. Whilst he was working he wrote various books and was fortunate to have a football story printed by Puffin Books. Since then he hasn't looked back and still continues to wirte, promote reading for pleasure and visit schools to enourage children to read. When Tom is not writing he loves to travel to different countries to have many experiences that he can hopefully include in his stories. When he has time he loves to run especially fell running near where he lives.

Tom has a fantastic website full of lots of great information, fun activities and free reads, take a look when you have spare time.

War Story Reading Challenge

Monday, 10 December 2018

In November a reading challenge was running in the library. The challenge was to read three war themed books during the month. There were many books to choose from both fiction and non-fiction. The challenge has now finished and victory medals were presented during celebration assembly on Friday. Congratulations to everyone who completed the challenge and thank you to everyone who took part.

Summer Reading Challenge

Friday, 12 October 2018

Well done to all of the children who completed the reading challenge during the long summer holiday. Medals and certificates were awarded during celebration assembly this morning. The number of children from our school that completed the challenge this year has doubled in comparison to last year. Hopefully there will be even more next summer. Congratulations to everyone.

Josh Lacey

Friday, 7 September 2018

Josh Lacey is our author of the term. He was born in London in 1968 and has lived in the city most of his life. He loves books and spent the majority of his childhood immersed in them, diapppearing down rabbit holes, into wardrobes, exploring unknown countries and far away galaxies. In fact anywhere your imagination could take you. He mainly writes storeis for children however in the past he has been a journalist, teacher and screenwriter. The title of his first book is called 'A Dog Called Grk'. It is about a boy called Timothy who finds a lost dog on his way home from school. The Grk series of books are set in different countries around the world - from New York to Rio De Janeiro, India to Italy. Follow Timothy and Grk on  their adventures. For more information go to the website

Summer Reading Challenge

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

As the school year comes to an end please bear in mind that children can take part in the summer reading challenge which is being held in all libraries across the borough. This year's theme is 'mischief makers' and celebrates 80 years of the comic, The Beano. There is treasure buried somewhere in Beano Town and it is your challenge to try to find out where. Clues will be given as the children make their way through their reading challenge. As in previous years six books will need to be read and reviewed during the holidays and gifts will also be given along the way. Each child that  successfully completes the challenge will receive a gold medal and certificate in assembly during October.
Once again Havering had the highest completion rate of all London Boroughs let's try to continue this amazing achievement and committment to reading.
This is a fun, free activity for children to take part in during the school holiday and also helps to maintain their reading levels ready for their return to school in September.
For more information use the internet and type in the search bar.

Happy holidays and enjoy your reading because 'everything changes when we read'

Mrs Martin

David Walliams Week

Friday, 29 June 2018

This week is an opportunity to celebrate the books that David has written. All of them have been popular when published, they are hugely entertaining, hiliarious and great fun. We have all of them in school and they are available to borrow from the public library over the school holidays. Why not take a look at your local public library to see what they have?

As you would expect there is also a fanastic web site to explore, There are clips of audio books read by David himself, crosswords, games, quizzes and much, much more.

Library Books

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, all library books need to be returned next week. A list has been given to each class teacher if you are unsure what book you have or alternatively come into the library to see me. Unfortunately if a book has been lost a contribution of £2.50 will need to be paid into your Squid account help meet the cost of a replacement. No further books will be loaned before the end of term.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Mrs Martin