Accelerated Reader News

I hope that everyone had a fun, but restful Christmas. I cannot quite believe how quickly it has come and gone!

So, here we are in a fresh new year, with a full week of school already complete.

First of all, I would like to apologise that the second-hand book sale did not go ahead on Friday 15th December. We were keeping a watchful eye on the weather all day, and decided right at the last minute that it was too unpredictable and we did not want to run the risk of the books being damaged in the rain. Keep an eye out in the very near future for a new date. We will aim to hold it in the Hall to avoid any interruption from the weather!

So, down to business! The children have fallen straight back into the routine of Accelerated Reader as if they have never been away! They all completed their Star Reader Assessments just before Christmas which has given them their new ZPD levels, and they are raring to go!

The children love to keep a watchful eye over the results board that I have created in the Library. To reward their hard work, I have finally managed to finish the Accelerated Reader trophies (I did the wood burning, but a big thank you to Mr Thompson for actually making the trophies).

Each Friday in Celebration Assembly, the class with the ‘Highest Word Count’ for the previous week, and the class with the ‘Highest Percentage of Quizzes Passed’ for the previous week, will each receive the respective trophy.

Last Friday saw our first ever presentation of these awards, and, to mark this occasion, we used the results from the whole of last term to recognise the class achievements for the word count and quizzes passed.

During the assembly, I reminded the children that to pass the quizzes it is important that they have understood what they have read in their book. They may be able to read lots of words which is brilliant, but do they really understand what they have read? I emphasised that the more quizzes they pass, the more their word count will be, and both will contribute to them improving their ZPD, which they are all keen to do!

2LM were the Quiz Champions for last term and were actually top of the chalk board display nearly every week from the beginning of September until Christmas! So they were the first class to receive our new trophy.

5DG received the Word Count Champions trophy for reading a massive total of 2,334,409 words from September to December.

A huge well done to both classes and to everyone for their hard work last term!

The chalkboards are now eagerly awaiting their new figures from last week’s results. Who will be the class champions this Friday?

We are currently working on an individual certification scheme, which will hopefully be introduced by the end of this term. Keep a lookout for more information on this over the coming weeks.

A belated Happy New Year to everyone!

Mrs Thompson

Another second-hand Book Sale on Friday 15th December

After the success of our summer second-hand book sale, we would like to give you another opportunity to buy some lovely books for no more than 50p each!

These books will be on sale on the playground with the Friends of Place Farm Christmas bazaar, before and after our Festive Carol Singing next Friday 15th December.

So come along at 2.45pm and don’t miss out on the opportunity to build up your reading stock for the Christmas holidays!

All proceeds will go towards new resources in our library.

We look forward to seeing you next Friday!

Mrs Thompson

Tremendous success at the Book Fair!

After waving goodbye to my fifth Book Fair, the takings were counted and verified, and I can now reveal that we made an amazing, £1207.40! 

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 fantastic total, we can now spend a jaw-dropping, £724 on more Accelerated Reader books for our Library!

In a world engulfed in technology, the children’s enthusiasm and excitement when looking at the books during their class browsing sessions was so refreshing to see. 

Our ‘Where’s Wally?’ competition certainly got the children in the spirit of the Fair and all were eager to win a new book.

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

Our Book Fair competition winners!

Our Book Fair is in full swing and what a fantastic start we have had!

To get everyone in the spirit of the Book Fair, the children have taken part in a ‘Where’s Wally?’ competition during the whole of last week.

Their task was to search for the six Wally characters in the library.  Each Wally character had a number on the back, which the children had to use to crack the secret code and work out who the famous book character was.

After much excitement and many entries, four correct worksheets were picked from a ‘hat’.  The following lucky children were then able to visit the Book Fair and each chose a book that they can keep forever!

Archie Boyd in Rainbow Class

Holly Willett in 1EJ

Jasmine Yemm in 4SJ

Sienna Metcalf in 5MM

Archie was particularly pleased with his win!

Don’t forget that you can still come along to the Book Fair after school tomorrow from 2.50pm!

Alternatively, write down the books that you would like to purchase on a piece of paper along with your child’s name and class.  Put it in an envelope with the correct money, marked for my attention, and I will have your books to you by next week.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Mrs Thompson J


Hopefully by now you will all have received the Book Fair letter and leaflet that was sent out with the children last week.

You may also have noticed the deliberate mistake (ahem!) of directing you to the order form at the back of the leaflet, to use if you are unable to attend the Book Fair.

Please note that this year, there is no order form!  Instead, if you would like to place an order, please jot down the details of the book(s) that you would like, with your child's name and class along with the correct cash in an envelope, marked for my attention.

I am sorry for any confusion caused!

Here is a reminder of the dates and times we are opening the Book Fair this week;

Wednesday 15th November   3.20pm - 3.45pm

Thursday 16th November      3.20pm - 3.45pm

Friday 17th November           2.50pm - 3.45pm

I look forward to seeing you then!

Best wishes

Mrs Thompson