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Wroxham Book Week – Monday 2nd November – Friday 6th November

Book Week begins tomorrow at Wroxham.  The whole week is dedicated to books, storytelling and reading with lots of exciting events planned for the school.

Book Week gets off to a fantastic start with a visit from Tom Banks, author of “The Great Galloon” pirate adventure series, on Monday.  He will read stories to Nursery and Reception before holding two interactive workshops for KS1 and KS2.  His visit will end with a book signing in the school hall at 3.15pm.

On Tuesday, pupils can bring in any old or unwanted books to swap with each other.  Parents are also invited to bring books to swap to the school hall at 3.15pm.

Wednesday is dedicated to bedtime stories.  Children can bring their favourite story along with their PJ’s or Onesie to school.  In the afternoon classes will join together to share their stories.

On Thursday, we are delighted that storyteller, Kathryn Holt will be returning to Wroxham.  She will be spending the day telling topic based stories to all the children.

On Friday, Book Week will draw to a stylish conclusion with our Book Oscar Ceremony in the afternoon.  Our wonderful Patron of Reading, Tamsyn Murray, will be our host for the event which begins at 2.30pm in the school hall.  All the children and teachers will be dressing to impress in keeping with the theme. There are five Oscars up for grabs including the ultimate accolade of Wroxham’s Rocking Read and after four weeks of reading and voting the children are very excited to see which books will win.

 

 

 

 

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The Book Oscars

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It may be hard to believe but it’s already Week 3 of the Book Oscars!

The category for Week 1 was, Teacher’s Top Tales and the three finalists were:

Sam’s Sandwich, Stuck and A Squash and A Squeeze.

In Week 2, the category was Patron’s Picks and the three finalists were:

The Great Dog Bottom Swap, The Pirates Next Door and Room on the Broom.

This week, the category is Outstanding Oldies.  The books vying for a place in the final are: Where the Wild Things are, Five Minutes Peace, We’re going on a Bear Hunt, The Gruffalo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

With only one category remaining, Classy Choices, the competition will end next week.

The winners will be revealed in our Book Oscar award ceremony on Friday 6th November at 2.30pm. Our fabulous Patron of Reading, Tamsyn Murray, will be hosting the event and all the children and adults will be dressed to impress!

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Tamsyn and Tanglewood

On 17th and 24th September, some of the children, were given the opportunity to attend a creative writing workshop.  The workshops were held by our wonderful Patron of Reading, Tamsyn Murray.

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Tamsyn started the session by asking the children how they would feel if they arrived home from school and their parents announced that they were moving to a wildlife park called Tanglewood. The answers were very varied. Some of the children said they would be happy and excited, some felt they would be worried or scared, some even said they would feel sad but they all agreed it would be an adventure!

After brainstorming the different types of animals you might see in a wildlife park, the children moved onto planning their stories. Tamsyn explained that the story would begin with the move. The middle of the story would present a problem or issue and that this would need to be resolved by the end of the story. The children thought about different issues or problems that may arise in a wildlife park and how an owner might solve them.

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Once they had decided how their story would unfold the children began their writing. They worked hard to create interesting and inventive stories that would capture the imagination of their readers – all in the space of a one hour workshop!

photoPlease take a moment to read their fantastic stories.  They are located in the school foyer.

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Summer Reading Challenge Assembly

 

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We were very lucky to receive a visit today from Jo Brown who works for the Schools Library Service.  Jo held a whole school assembly to encourage all the children to join up to the Summer Reading Challenge.

This year the challenge has joined up with Guinness World Records so Jo challenged Mr Davy to see how many marshmallows he could catch in 1 minute using chopsticks!  The current record is 31- Mr Davy caught zero marshmallows in a minute but he certainly had a lot of fun trying and the children enjoyed watching his record breaking attempt!

The challenge is completely free- just pop along to your local library to sign up. A letter will be sent home with the children today with more details about how they can get involved.  You can also follow the link below.

http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

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Wroxham’s Got Talent!

On Friday 12th June our wonderful Patron of Reading Tamsyn Murray came to visit us.  She started the day by visiting EYFS and reading “Oi Frog!” to Nursery and “The Gigantic Turnip” to Reception- both books were a hit with the children and staff.

Tamsyn continued her visit by holding two very exciting and interactive workshops for KS1 and KS2.  The workshops were based on Completely Cassidy and involved plate spinning, balloon modelling and hula hooping which the children thoroughly enjoyed and were also quite talented at!

In the afternoon Tamsyn held an assembly for all the children and parents to explain the importance of the Summer Reading Challenge.  The day ended with a book signing where we were extremely lucky to have copies of Tamsyn’s new book-Completely Cassidy: Star Reporter available to purchase over two weeks before they hit the shops!  A long line of delighted children went home with their signed copies for a weekend of reading.

Thank you Tamsyn for a fantastic day!

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Completely Cassidy PJ Party

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On Friday 20th March, to celebrate the launch of her latest book, the children of Wroxham attended a Completely Cassidy PJ party hosted by our patron of reading Tamsyn Murray.

The children had a wonderful time (so did the staff!) sharing popcorn whilst singing the songs from Frozen.  There was a prize for Best Singer which was awarded to Bailey in Year 3 for his very enthusiastic singing and ‘air grabs’!

Everyone went home with a fantastic goody bag containing a signed copy of Completely Cassidy: Accidental Genius, Rolos and a Wham bar.

Thank you Tamsyn for a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

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Writing tips for budding authors!

Our patron of reading Tamsyn Murray has written an article for the Guardian newspaper with some great tips for writing stories.  They could prove very useful if you are thinking of entering Tamsyn’s 500 word writing competition!

Click on the link below to read the article.

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/mar/04/tamsyn-murray-family-writing-tips

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It’s Competition Time!

completely cassidy jpeg      To celebrate the launch of her new book Completely Cassidy: Accidental Genius, our patron of reading Tamsyn Murray is running a 500 word short story competition on the theme of MY SECRET TALENT.

The competition is open to children aged 7-13 years old.  It starts today and closes on 30th April 2015, with the winner being announced on 1st July 2015.  The maximum word  count is 500, there is no minimum.  The judges are Cathy Cassidy, Karen McCombie and Kelly McKain.

Entry is via email to tamsyn@tamsynmurray.co.uk or via post to Completely Cassidy Story Comp, Usborne publishing, 83-85 Saffron Hill, London EC1N 8RT.  Entrants will need to print off a permission form and complete it to show parental permission to enter-this needs to be completed and sent with their story as a paper copy or scanned in and attached to an email.

The winner will receive £100 of Usborne books, a £50 Paperchase voucher and a signed copy of the book.

For further details please click on the link below.

My Secret Talent Short Story factsheet

 

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Exciting News!

We are very pleased and proud to announce that our wonderful Patron of Reading Tamsyn Murray has very kindly dedicated her new book, Completely Cassidy-Accidental Genius to the children of Wroxham!

The children were very excited about the news and are looking forward to receiving their copies of the book at the Completely Cassidy PJ party on Friday 20th March.

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Completely Cassidy-Accidental Genius

It’s only a few weeks until the PJ party to celebrate the launch of Tamsyn’s new book, Completely Cassidy-Accidental Genius and Tamsyn has very kindly sent us a link so you can have a sneak preview of the first few pages!

They are well worth a read!

http://seeinside.usborne.com/?id=8883&site=4

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