Happy World Book Day!

Hello everyone and Happy World Book Day!

As you probably know, we celebrated our World Book Day yesterday with the amazing author and illustrator Duncan Beedie. He visited our school and managed to give four different talks and even a drawing masterclass – he must have been exhausted at the end!

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All our children loved the day – and I’ll be posting pictures soon of all our fun, once I’ve managed to work out how to download them from the digital camera…

Year 2 summed up what they enjoyed most about yesterday:

  • “The best bit was when Duncan Beedie came to talk to us.”
  • “It was good when we talked to Duncan Beedie about gardening in Gardening Club.”
  • “I liked dressing up as a fox, it was really good.”
  • “I liked reading books because they were unusual fiction books.”

In honour of Duncan’s visit, one of the fir tree seeds he sent us with his new book The Lumberjack’s Beard had actually sprouted! The Gardening Club were, rightly, very proud of their efforts.

I would like to thank all the children and staff who made huge efforts to dress up for the day, and for parents for putting in so much time and energy. I don’t think I have ever seen so many lumberjacks in one place before, and today we all feel rather bare without our beards. Narelle, our cook, really went to town on her costume but assured us that she did not cook with her magnificent beard on!

We also had trees, birds, forest animals, woodland nymphs and Aragog from The Lord of the Rings (who people kept thinking was Darth Vader, so a two-in-one costume!). There was an amazing porcupine in Reception, with realistic quills sticking out his back.

Today the children exchanged their £1 book tokens for a World Book Day book, unless they wanted to go into a bookshop for a further browse. As predicted, David Walliams’ Blob went down well, as did The Famoud Five, Horrid Henry and Jacqueline Wilson’s Butterfly Beach.

I’ll be back soon with the photos … watch this space.


Review of Clover Moon

Today, Abby in Year 5 is reviewing Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson.

Published by Random House Children’s Publishers



The book is about a girl called Clover who loves to play with her sister Megs, especially when her cruel stepmother is being horrible. But when Scarlet Fever takes Meg away, Clover seeks the help of Mr Dolly and his artist friend, Mr Rivers.

I loved this book because Jacqueline Wilson let Hetty Feather meet Clover and I love how she linked it. It also has lots of ADVENTURE!! I would give it 9/10 stars and say it is suitable from age 10 because there is a sad bit in it.



Tracy Beaker is Lydia’s top choice

Yesterday, children in Year 6 were encouraged to write a review of their favourite books. Within fifteen minutes, I had several great reviews, and I thought I’d start sharing them with you right away!

The first is from Lydia, who chose The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson as her top choice. Over to you, Lydia…


What the book is about

Tracy Beaker is about a really funny girl that lives in a care home but she was also naughty as well, like when she went into Adele’s bedroom and put her make-up on without asking.

Who would like this book?

I think it would be suitable for ages six to ten.

Would you recommend this book?

I would recommend this book to my best friends because they are always up to something mysterious!





Forget the Oscars – Here Come the Michaels!

The awards world is full of hype about the Oscars and the BAFTAs and all sorts of cinematic glory but here at St Michael’s we are celebrating something a little different – the Michaels!

the michaels

We asked the children to draw a picture of their favourite character from a book and explain why they are so brilliant. The children had a fantastic time doing this and these are some of the results (please excuse the poor photo quality – we’re trying to do this on an iPad with no flash on a dark day!):

Mr Stink

Fums up for David Walliams’ Mr Stink – especially at the possibility of a Scratch ‘n’ Sniff book!

Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face

John Dougherty’s Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face (and their noble steed, the shopping trolley) have fantastic adventures.

Harry Potter

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter deserves a star for being clever!

Mr Meldrue

Liz Pichon’s Mr Meldrue makes Lily laugh aloud, especially because his son, Marcus, ‘is an idiot’.


Jonia loves Jessie because she reminds her of her own dog, Jessie.


Elisabeth loves Sue Hendra’s Supertato, simply because he is Super. That’s a good enough reason for us!


Mr Meldrue

Sorry to repeat this photo – this time please look above Mr Meldrue to Star Cat, from The Phoenix weekly comic. Alfie and Solomon love this character because he’s a great cat. Purrfect.

Tim Peake

Rebecca chose a non-fiction ‘star’ (geddit?), which is great! She has been really inspired by Tim Peake’s journey into space and drew a picture of him. He wrote the forward to the Usborne Astronaut’s Handbook.


Leo has a chuckle at Granny in Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine. He thinks she’s great because she’s funny.

FairyFinja loves Sophia, one of the fairies from the Daisy Meadows series. What an amazing ponytail she has!

Tracey Beaker

Hiba loves the mischief Tracy Beaker gets into, in Jacqueline Wilson’s popular books.

Ninja turtle and Fairy

Manny can’t get enough of the Ninja Mutant Hero Turtles, who he thinks are cool and like to party!

Opal Plumstead

Finally, Ana has chosen Jacqueline Wilson’s Opal Plumstead for her daring nature and her ability to stand up for herself.

We’ve loved doing these portraits and I think it’s great how the children have identified admirable and humorous qualities in their choices.

Who would YOUR star be? Please tell us!



Review of Opal Plumstead, by Esme Hennessy

image courtesy of guardian.com

Book:                   Opal Plumstead

Author:                Jacqueline Wilson

Reviewer:            Esme Hennessy (Year 6)

Star rating:          ***** (5 stars!!)

I really liked this book because it was a mix of tragedy and happiness.

Whenever I read it, I had anticipation inside me and I didn’t like it when I had to stop reading.

It might have an ordinary start but the book soon gets very exciting. To those of you who don’t know what it’s about here is the plot in brief:

It’s about a plain girl called Opal Plumstead with a boring life, but it soon all changes when her beloved father goes to prison for forging a cheque at work. Opal is forced to give up her school scholarship and go to work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory. She makes friends with the factory owner, Mrs Roberts, and from there, it just gets better and better.

I really recommend that you read the book.

Notes:             Opal Plumstead is written by Jacqueline Wilson, and it’s her 100th book.