English lessons at Northside are still as exciting as ever! We have all started our new topics off with the launch of our Terrific Texts for the half-term which are carefully chosen by our teachers and closely linked to our class topics:
University of York are reading ‘The Leopard’s Drum’
Queen’s University, Belfast are reading ‘The Great Fire of London’
Cardiff University ‘Across the Roman Wall’
University of Edinburgh ‘When the Mountains Roared’
University of Bristol are reading ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’
Universities of Exeter and Warwick are reading ‘The Lost World’.
The children are fully engaged with the appropriately challenging and high quality books that we are all sharing in class. These texts we explored in English lessons where they are used to stimulate imagination and provide the children with excellent models.
Every day at 1pm, children and adults are given DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time. Across the school, the only thing that can be heard at this time is the eager turning of pages and the sigh of disappointment when their 15 minutes reading time is over! During this time, children are often seen reading their chosen Reading Road Map books which are proving to be very popular amongst the children.
Thank you to our Year 6 Reading Assistants who are doing a wonderful job of supporting younger children and to all of the parents who continue to read with their children at home (and write in their Reading Records). It is lovely to see that, even though life is busy and time is precious, you are valuing reading as much as we do and that you are supporting us in promoting a love of reading.
Each class enjoys a story time together at the end of each day, Chatty Readers is continuing to be a success and Mrs. Longworth is about to begin to recommend a book for the children each week in assembly.
In December, we launched our Northside Novelist competition. We held an assembly and all watched the ‘Excitable Edgar’ video clip. The whole school then had the opportunity to rewrite the story in any way they wanted to. Every child had the time to think and be creative and they did not disappoint. The writing produced was fantastic and the teachers had the very tough job of choosing a winner from their class. Our Northside Novelist’s stories were then shared across the school during our daily story time. The children were so proud of themselves and each other-especially when their work was published on our school website. The next Northside Novelist competition is planned in for the last week of term so keep an eye on the class pages to see who wins!
Another success from last half-term was our Spelling Bee, run by Dickens House Captain Yusraa. We were all so impressed to see the commitment and effort put in by all children who took part and it was lovely to see our wonderful children supporting each other throughout the competition.
Some of the things you can look forward to hearing about from your children include Paired Reading opportunities, Maths and English (ME) week, the ongoing development of the library and updated writing displays of every child’s work.