It’s back!

We have done so well raising money with Readathon in previous years, that we will be running it again at the end of this half term. We will launch it on Monday 11th February and run it over the holiday week, finishing on Friday 1st March.

The charity Read for Good encourages children to read through its unique motivational approach inspiring reluctant readers to give reading a go, and keen readers to read more widely. Pupils can choose whatever they want to read - from comics to classics and audio books to blogs - they are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun. And, they are motivated to read because the money they raise in sponsorship helps to provide a regular supply of brand new books and a resident storyteller to every major children’s hospital in the UK.

Knowing that they are raising money for charity motivates children to read more, and it adds to their sense of achievement, so your support with this would be much appreciated.

During the three weeks, we will have an exciting DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) session to really create a buzz about reading in school!

A letter and sponsor form will be coming home at the end of this week. The easiest way to sponsor a child is at (which family and friends can use too) or return the sponsor card with a cheque (payable to Readathon) or cash sent in to school by Friday 8th March.

Keep an eye out for the forms on Friday and have fun reading with your children!

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Mrs Thompson

Good results at The Book People Book Fair!

Our first ever Book People Book Fair has now left the building after a week of browsing and selling, and I can now reveal we made a respectable £619!

Thank you to all of you for your support, as without your purchases we wouldn’t be able to earn rewards for our school.

Due to this grand total, we can now spend £154.75 on more Accelerated Reader books for our Library!

The children’s enthusiasm and excitement when looking at the books during their class browsing sessions, is always refreshing to see and it’s lovely to know that books still hold a place in their hearts.

Once again, a huge thank you to all of you who purchased books either at the Book Fair or by sending in an order- we couldn’t run it without you!


Mrs Thompson




The Book Fair is coming!

On Friday 9th November, we will have the Book People Book Fair delivered to Place Farm Primary Academy! This will be the first time that we have had a Book People Fair visit us, so it’s very exciting!

We will be lucky enough to have the fair for a week, where the children can browse the books with their classes during the day and then purchase their choices after school!

There will be over 150 books to choose from and with them all in round pounds, it couldn’t be easier! For each book purchased, we will earn free books for our School Library!

Opening times for our Book Fair will be 3.20pm – 3.45pm in the Main School Hall on the following days:

Friday 9th November

Monday 12th November

Tuesday 13th November

Keep a look-out for a letter and Book People leaflet coming home with the children. If you can’t make the opening times for our Book Fair, but wish to make a purchase, please take a look at the back of the Book Fair leaflet that will be attached to the letter. Please return it with your choice(s) to the School Office in a sealed envelope with the exact cash and mark it for the attention of Mrs Thompson.

*Unfortunately, cheques and card payments cannot be accepted*

This is perfect timing for some early Christmas shopping!

Let’s see if we can earn even more free books with the Book People Book Fair!

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Mrs Thompson


September 2018

A new school year in our Library!

Welcome back to another new school year! I hope you all had a lovely summer break and enjoyed the wonderful sunshine! Long may it continue!

As usual, there will be lots happening in the Library this term. The children have taken their latest Star Assessment for Accelerated Reader and so now know their new ZPD levels. They have once again embraced the challenge of achieving 100% in their quizzes and are soon quick to tell me when they have!

On the 13th September it was Roald Dahl’s birthday, where he would have been celebrating his 102nd birthday! To mark the occasion, the children were able to come to the Library during lunchtime over the whole week, to colour Roald Dahl pictures or complete some fun activity sheets.

We have lots coming up over this term. One of our first tasks will be recruiting our new Library Monitors, something the children are always eager to take part in!

We also have our Book Fair in November just in time for Christmas shopping! This year our fair will be provided by The Book People which will make an exciting change!

Keep a lookout on the Library Blog and Newsletter for further information on this nearer the time.

In the meantime, enjoy reading with your children!

Mrs Thompson :-)


Some tips and ideas for reading with your children

I can’t quite believe that we are nearing the end of another school year!

The children have come on in leaps and bounds this year with Accelerated Reader, and it is lovely to see their enthusiasm when they tell me how they scored in their quizzes!

With this in mind, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to post some information about reading with children, as well as some handy tips and ideas for reading over the holidays.

I have been looking at some information on the BBC website and came across some interesting thoughts;

It has been found that reading stories to children can be a ‘great way of helping them deal with real life situations that they need help to deal with. Researchers have found that the brain activity that occurs when we read fiction is very similar to experiencing that situation in real life, so reading about a situation helps children work out how to solve it in reality.’

‘Scientists have also found that children who have fiction read to them regularly find it easier to understand other people - they show more empathy and have better developed theory of mind (the ability to understand that other people have different thoughts and feelings to us, which is essential for understanding and predicting other people’s thoughts and behaviour).’

Some of the children here at Place Farm do struggle when it comes to quizzing. Their ability to read the words is not always the issue, as they may be able to read lots of words, but do they actually understand what they are reading? It is the comprehension of the text and characters that gives them a more rounded knowledge of the book and, in turn, helps them to pass quizzes. It also strengthens the foundations for their learning in other subjects. Whether it is Maths, Science or any other subject, comprehension is paramount in a child’s studies and a greater understanding of reading will inevitably reflect in their everyday life.

Tips and ideas

My children are now in secondary school, and I wish I had been given more guidance on how to help them with their reading when they were younger. It has been found that ‘the benefits of having stories read to children is hugely increased when parents talk and ask questions about the story as well.’

‘Simply asking them if they can remember what happened in the story or checking if they know what some of the more complicated words mean, can really extend their understanding and vocabulary.’

There are three different types of questions worth considering when reading with your children;

  • Literal questions – asking facts about the story, for example “What was the pirate’s name?”
  • Inference questions – Looking beyond the text “Why did he do that?” or “What do you think happened next?”
  • Evaluative questions – Reading behind and beyond the lines. Where children are encouraged to give (and support) their own opinion. That is to evaluate information within the story, based on their own knowledge and experience, for example “Do you think he should have done that?” or “How do you think that makes the other characters feel?”, “Why do you think that?”

The more complex inference/evaluative questions help the children to think about and understand other people’s motivations, rather than just reading the words. This is also an excellent way to encourage their language skills and story comprehension.

As a parent or grown up reading with a child, you are best placed to assess their ability to answer these types of questions. Often, this ability is not related to their age, but rather to their language skills and past experience of reading, sharing and discussing books.

I hope that this has been of some use to you and it provokes some interesting discussions with your child and their books!

Have a lovely summer, and enjoy sharing stories together!

Happy reading!

Mrs Thompson

Sources: and Dr Sarah McGeown (Lecturer in Developmental Psychology – University of Edinburgh)