Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Real Secret Garden

Did you see  the Great British Food Revival on BBC 2 last Wednesday? It was all about rhubarb. I love rhubarb and we grow (or used to) so much of it in England; mainly in the Wakefield area. The dimple-cheeked … Continue reading

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Holly’s Poem

  How tremendous is this? Holly’s poem was sent to me by her headteacher, Mr Tim Redgrave. Mr Redgrave was so proud of Holly’s achievement he wanted to share it with me and now I want to share it with you:  World War II … Continue reading

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Quality Quick Reads

I was inspired by this blog by a librarian in America. It’s all about reaching children  who can read but are reluctant to do so. Children for whom books are a bit of a chore, for whatever reason. The solution was … Continue reading

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Town-Fever

Huddersfield Town play Preston North End today in League 1; two teams with a mighty pedigree.  Huddersfield Town are currently in second place and go into the match with a record run of 38 games unbeaten. In honour of that feat I … Continue reading

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That Wimpy Kid…

It’s funny how some book titles capture the imagination isn’t it?  I wonder what it is that makes that happen?   If anyone knows please send me the recipe! At the moment Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid is EVERYWHERE. … Continue reading

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Problems with leaving comments?

Hmm. This is strange. I’ve had two comments now from pupils at City of Leicester College who have tried to find the blog about the school but can’t. Their comments appear on my post from May 21st called ‘New Look … Continue reading

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St Paul’s Catholic School, Milton Keynes

I ended Book Week on a high with a visit to St Paul’s Catholic School in Milton Keynes yesterday. The Y7s I met were a great bunch. I began with the whole of Y7 in the theatre and then had … Continue reading

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Happy National Poetry Day

This is me on National Poetry Day, imagining I’m still teaching and it’s my turn to take assembly.  We’re in a small English primary school, somewhere in the East Midlands. The kids have filed in to the hall to a CD recording … Continue reading

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‘Art explains things that words can’t manage’

I am reading the amazing Mal Peet’s Life: an Exploded Diagram at the moment (review to follow). In it 12-year old Clem has just started grammar school.  He’s struggling to fit in but finds art lessons a relief. He describes his love of ‘the … Continue reading

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Author Visit: City of Leicester College

Huge apologies for the camera fail today. I must have been on the wrong setting when I took these. Either that or the Y7s at City of Leicester College were moving so fast the camera couldn’t cope. I’m posting them anyway, … Continue reading

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