Library Blog Archive
Pupils Embrace their Inner Poet
Published on: Thursday, October 17, 2019
We love poetry here at King’s Hall and, as part of our school-wide celebrations of National Poetry Day earlier this month, pupils from Years 3 to 8 (and some staff too) embraced their inner poet, creating their own blackout poems using a specially chosen page from a story. The brief was simple: choose words from the page to form the poem and colour in the rest so that only your poem remains. As ever, our creative community did not disappoint!
This year's winners were Sam in Year 3, Alice in Year 4, Natasha in Year 5, Georgia in Year 6, Arabella, Sam and Noah in Year 7 and Elliott in Year 8. Our staff winner was Madame Murray (regaining her title as King’s Hall Poet in Residence!) and the overall winner was Leigha in Year 7 whose powerful and visually stunning poem really impressed Mrs M.
Author P. G. Bell Pays a Visit
Published on: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Our week kicked off in a fabulously bookish fashion when author P. G. Bell came to King’s Hall as part of the launch celebrations for his new book, The Great Brain Robbery. Peter has numerous fans amongst our pupils as his first book, The Train to Impossible Places, was selected as our Year 5 and 6 Book Club read earlier this year.
We were all very excited to hear about the next installment in Suzy’s thrilling and magical adventures aboard this rather unusual train! The children were fascinated to hear how the series has its roots in bedtime stories that Peter concocted for his children, and there was laughter galore as the audience worked together to invent their very own Impossible Train! Later, our eager readers had the chance to have their own copy of Peter’s books signed and there were smiles all round as we enjoyed a morning dedicated to the joy of reading. Read more about Peter's visit here.
Our Reading Garden Takes Shape
Published on: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Anyone passing by the front of school over the past couple of weeks couldn’t fail to notice the exiting new additions to our site that have sprung up on the lawn outside the library. Everyone looked on with eager anticipation as these mysterious constructions were unloaded and manoeuvred into place.
Bit by bit, the new Reading Garden began to take shape; hurrah! Then, this week, we were finally able to gather outdoors with a selection of magazines, comics and books (and Snoops, of course!) to enjoy some relaxing break-time reading either cosied up in one of our reading huts or swinging gently on a hammock. Bliss!
Summer Reading Postcard Challenge
Published on: Thursday, September 26, 2019
This summer we challenged our pupils to design and create a postcard based on their favourite holiday read. The response? Well, let's say it kept the Royal Mail busy over the holidays! All of the entries are currently on display in the library, so please do pop by and see if you can. We'd now like to take the time to spare a thought for our panel of independent judges (aka Miss Perkins and Mrs Stuckes) who were given the unenviable task of selecting some winners.
After great deliberation, prizes went to: Thomas W: Biggles Learns to Fly by Captain W E Johns, Frankie R-W: The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander, Henry D: Dinosaur Cove by Rex Stone, Lulu B: Emmeline and the Plucky Pup by Megan Rix, Daisy T: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, and Martha J: George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Well done to all who took part!
A busy week of Book Club gatherings
Published on: Friday, September 20, 2019
right and early on Tuesday morning, a group of enthusiastic readers met in the library to chat about the two books that they had read over the summer holidays, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr, as they feasted on a delicious spread of Danish pastries and fruit juice. It was, we all agreed, the very best way to start the day!
On Thursday it was the turn of the Year 3 Book Club who had been reading the hilarious Adventures of Harry Stevenson by Ali Pye. This story features an intrepid yet rather accident-prone guinea pig named Harry who gets up to all sorts of mischief. We all had lots of fun imagining other funny adventures that Harry could get up to and ideas included travelling to the library to explore all of the exciting books there, inadvertently ending up on an aeroplane headed for the beach and mistakenly tumbling into the basket of a hot air balloon just before take-off! A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all.
Finally, Year 5 and 6 Book Club met on Thursday afternoon to discuss Abi Elphinstone’s latest novel, the gripping fantasy adventure Rumblestar. Many of us remembered meeting Abi when she visited King’s Hall in 2018. We really enjoyed Abi’s online video masterclass which gave us tips for creating our own fantasy stories, as well as giving us insight into Abi’s writing and the inspiration behind her stories