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English Events

Jubilee Comic Strip Competition

To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we launched a competition for the children to create a comic strip based on the Queen's life.

The School Librarians announced the three winners. They got to choose a brand new book to take home from our book vending machine. Congratulations to our fabulous winners.

World Book Day: Castletown Story

As part of World Book Day activities on the 3rd of March, each year group contributed to writing a whole school story. The story was based upon an illustration which was used as a stimulus for writing the story. At the end of the day, we held a special assembly in the school hall where Mr Duncan read the full story to the whole school.

Click here to read Lily and Georgia: Staircase of Mystery

World Book Day: Bedtime Stories

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March, we recorded a bedtime story for each day of the week. In case you missed them, here they are below for you to enjoy.

Monday: 'The Little White Owl' read by Mr Perrett from Year.2

Tuesday: 'Room on the Broom' read by Miss Richardson from EYFS

Wednesday: 'Giraffes Can't Dance' read by three of our fabulous Year.6 librarians

Thursday: 'Shhh!' read by Miss Watt and Mrs Qualie from Year.1

Friday: 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' read by Mr Beck from Year.5

Book Swap

As part of our World Book Day events, children brought into school good quality, unwanted books from home in order to swap at school. On 1st March, all of the books were displayed in the Crafty Cabin and during the day each child was able to go along and select a book to take home. It was fantastic to see all of out children so excited about books and eager to start reading their new book.

Click on the gallery below to view the photographs from the Book Swap event.

Valentine's Day Writing Competition


Here are our three winners!


Click on the galley below to view examples of some of the entries received from across the whole school, even from Reception!

Year 3 & Year 6 Writing Share

Children in Year 3 and Year 6 shared the narratives they had been writing in their English lessons. The children were all very impressed with each others work and had some fantastic discussion about the stories. Year 3 had written some brilliant four part stories based on their novel 'Marcy and the riddle of the Sphinx'.
The Christmas themed suspense stories written by Year 6 ended with a cliffhanger and the Year 3 children enjoyed coming up with good ideas as to what could happen next. We are looking forward to sharing more of our independent writing in the Spring Term.
Click on the photographs below to view the gallery.

Virtual Author Visits

Years 1-4 have all taken part in very exciting live Virtual Author visits, where a well known author shared their latest books, discussed how they get their ideas to write, and answered lots of questions from the children.
The children in year 1 and 2 joined in with Virtual Visit from the real life author and illustrator Nick Sharratt. The children had the opportunity to listen to Nick read his festive story ‘Oh No! Shark in the Snow!’ to an audience for the first time ever! The children took part in activities and challenges from Nick himself. He even taught them how to draw some of the illustrations that feature in the book. 

Year 3 had a fantastic and very informative virtual visit from the author Maddie Moate, who told us all about her book ‘STUFF’. She told us about her adventures around the world and how this inspired her book. Her book is all about recycling and we couldn’t believe that she saw paper being made from elephant poo!

Year 4's virtual visit was with Jeff Kinney, the  best selling author of the popular 'Diary of a wimpy kid' series.  He showed us how he plans his stories, sharing extracts from his own diaries, and led us in a draw-a-long of Greg. The children also got to hear some of his brand new book ' Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot ' which we have now put into our school library for the children to enjoy!
The Puffin Virtual Visit has been the perfect opportunity to encourage reading for pleasure in school and perhaps some of the children have been inspired to be authors themselves one day! 
Click on the photographs below to view the gallery.

Christmas Writing Competition

Poetry Performance- Autumn Term 2021

All year groups explore a wide range of poetry throughout the year, learning some of them by heart. Each term we hold a Poetry Performance assembly where each year group shares their recital with the rest of the school, we hope you enjoy listening to some of them below....

Years 1 and 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6