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WJBA Competitions!

Competition 1:

If you had a time travelling machine, where would you go and what would you do? Draw us a picture or write us a short story or poem about your adventures….(one side of A4 Max!)

Competition 2: Do you have your own favourite Wilderness space? Or can you imagine what your ideal Wilderness space would look like and what would you do there? Draw us a picture or write us a short story or poem of your adventures…. (one side of A4 Max!)

Competition 3:

Imagine if you had a Mechanimal or Mechanical living with you and your family! What would they look like and what would they do! Draw us a picture or write us a short story or poem about your very own Mechanimal or Mechanical….. (one side of A4 Max!)

Time Travelling with a Hamster By Ross Welford

What is the book about?

On Al Chaudhury’s twelfth birthday he receives a letter from his late father with a mission to travel back to 1984 in a secret time machine to save his father’s life. He soon discovers that time travel requires daring and imagination. This book takes you on a heart-warming race-against-time adventure with Al and his pet hamster, Alan Shearer!

Who is Ross Welford?

Ross Welford lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie, a hamster, and tropical fish. He was a journalist and television producer before he became a full-time writer.

Find out about Ross and all of his books here:



The Wilderness War

By Julia Green

What is the book about?

This is an exciting and often funny story about how Noah and his friends set about saving the patch of wilderness at the end of their street from developers. Noah and his friends spend their summers making dens, sleeping under the stars and toasting marshmallows over an open fire so when this is threatened they will do anything to stop their wilderness being destroyed. This book is about standing up for what you believe in, friendship and the importance of the great outdoors.

Who is Julia Green?

Julia Green has always loved reading. She was brought up in Surrey and now lives with in Bath with her two sons. She studied English and American Literature at University. She likes to write about real-life, relationships and emotions.

Find out about Julia and all of her books here:

Little Bits of Sky

By S. E. Durrant

What is the book about?

‘This is a touching story about looked-after children and describes some of the difficulties they face. Set in 1987, Ira and Zac are moved once again to a different social care home for children called Skilly House. There are things they like about it, such as the staff and the garden with its huge tree and life gets more exciting for Ira and Zac….and holiday visits to a lady in the country leads to a permanent home.’

Who is S. E. Durrant?

S.E.Durrant always wanted to be a writer since she was a child. She lived in Scotland until she moved to Leicestershire when she was twelve. She now lives in Brighton with her partner and two teenage children. She has had many jobs, including selling paintings in Venice and teaching art to children.


Find out more about S. E. Durrant here:


by Peter Bunzl

What is the book about?

‘A steampunk fantasy adventure story set in Victorian London that will have you gripped on a thrilling, magical journey. Lily’s father is missing and silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. With her friend, Robert, and her lovable mechanical fox, Malkin, Lily sets out to find the truth about her father’s disappearance….’

Who is Peter Bunzl?

Peter is an author, filmmaker and animator. He grew up in South London with his antique dealer dad, artist mum and little sister.  He also had 3 cats and 2 dogs! His favourite children’s book is The Witches by Roald Dahl. He lives in London with his partner Michael and a fox who visits his garden regularly!

Find out more about Peter and his books here:


Welcome back to school!


We will be choosing new Year 6 Pupil Librarians very soon.  Look out for posters or ask your teacher.  Interviews will be held in the school library on Wednesday September 28th.


We will be running lots of competitions and quizzes during the year, so keep checking the library page. 


Did you know you can access the school library system from home?  Just click the image below. 


What can you do on Junior Librarian?

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Click the green triangle Enquiry to search for books or websites. You don't need to log on to use Enquiry.
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Websites have a globe symbol and some information about what they cover.
To log on, you need your 3 digit PIN.  Ask at the library, or send a message using the form below, if you have forgotten it.  Your PIN is your user name; your 8 digit birth date is your password: ddmmyyyy.  When you are logged on, you can check which books you have read, and which book you are currently borrowing.  You can even write a review!

Library Queries

Use this form to ask a question about the library.

We hope you enjoy using your school  library from home!

Watch this space for competitions and questionnaires!

Warwickshire Junior Book Award!

Year 5 children are reading the 4 shortlisted books and will soon be voting for their favourite.  Follow the links below to find out about the authors!



‘Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for all eventualities. His favourite book is Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared, and he has memorized every page of it. He could even survive a hippo attack. He knows that just because something is unlikely doesn't mean it won't ever happen . . .

But Rory isn't prepared when he suddenly and inexplicably turns green. Stuck in an isolation ward in a hospital far from home with two other remarkably green children, Rory's as confused by his new condition as the medics seem to be.

But what if it's not in their genes, or a virus, or something they ate? What if turning green actually means you've turned into a superhero? Rory can't wait to make it past hospital security and discover exactly what his superpower might be . . .’


Find out more about Frank Cottrell Boyce at:




When Joe tells a local news reporter exactly what he would do if he were leader of the country, the video goes viral and Joe's speech becomes famous all over the world! 
Before long, people are calling for the current leader to resign and give someone else a go . . . and that's how an ordinary boy like Joe ended up with the most extraordinary job. Now the fun can really start . . . 
Hats for cats! Pet pigs for all! Banana shaped buses! Swimming pools on trains! 
A hilarious story of one boy's meteoric rise to power!’



Find out more about Tom McLaughlin at


‘When ten-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his dementia-suffering grandma, he's thrown into an unfamiliar place with a family that seems to be falling apart. Liam doesn't remember what his grandma was like before she became ill.

Walking his dog one day, Liam discovers an old stone gargoyle in a rundown church, and his life changes…
The gargoyle is alive. It moves unseen in the night, acting out

Liam's stories. And stories can be dangerous things...

But his grandma's illness is getting worse, his mum isn't coping, and his sister is skipping school... What if the gargoyle is the only thing that can save Liam's family?’


Find out more about Mike Revell at



‘Three children are spending their summer on a wild Scottish island. Fraser is desperate for adventure; Hayley is fed up she's even there; while Dunny spends his days staring out to sea. He hasn't said a word in years. But everything changes with the discovery of two bodies on the beach: a whale and a man. Fraser and Hayley see a mystery-adventure to be solved, but Dunny is inconsolable. And in the end, it will take someone who listens to the sea to put it right.’


Find out more about Kerr Thomson at







Keep checking the website for competition news.  Come along to Year 5 Book Club on Wednesdays at 12.05 in the library to find out more!


Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

We are thinking about Shakespeare's poetry and plays in our Library Club Challenge this month.

Look at the beautiful illustrations done by Tiyana, Scarlett, Millie, Lucy, Isla, Charlotte, Alex and Nancy.


                           Come along to the library on Monday or Wednesday lunchtimes and

                    let us know about your favourite animal characters - or tell us your favourite

                    animal jokes!


Here are some jokes to get you started.  Well done to Library Club wise-crackers Henry, Charlotte, Jai and Brooke.


Q: What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?     A: A woolly jumper!

Q: What do cats say when they think something is cool?        A: Purr-fect!

Q: What do you call a dog in the toilet?                                      A: A poodle!

Q: Why did the cow cross the road?                                           A: to get to the moooovies!





Here are some fantastic facts from our Library Club Challenge Seekers!

Here are some fantastic facts from our Library Club Challenge Seekers! 1
Here are some fantastic facts from our Library Club Challenge Seekers! 2
Here are some fantastic facts from our Library Club Challenge Seekers! 3
Here are some fantastic facts from our Library Club Challenge Seekers! 4
Here are some fantastic facts from our Library Club Challenge Seekers! 5
Here are some fantastic facts from our Library Club Challenge Seekers! 6
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Well done to Lily, Kye, Isla, Honor, Tania and Charlotte for their super research and illustrations!



The Library Club Poetry Challenge has finished now.  Well done to all of those who completed all six challenges!  You will be receiving a small prize soon.  Congratulations too to the many children earning a house point for completing three challenges.



Library Club Poetry Challenge:

Look at these beautiful illustrations and have a read of the poems.

Well done to Charlotte for writing our first review, too.

Keep reaching for those stars!

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Boudica Warrior Queen of the Iceni
A poem for kids by Jon Bratton and Paul Perro


This is a tale of Boudica.
The Iceni Warrior Queen,
One of the most fearsome women
There has ever been.


She wore colourful clothes and she
Was tall and strong and loud.
She had a mane of long red hair.
You’d spot her in a crowd.

(read the rest of this poem by going to:








Owl  in a Huff

By Patricia Leighton

‘Which witch

swooped down’

said the owl

‘and scared the mouse

just as I

was about

to pounce?


If I find out

which witch it was

watch out!’


from Kersplosh, Kersplash, Kersplat!: Funny Poems, edited by Ron Heapy

Isla drew this picture to illustrate 'Missing Important Things'


Missing Important Things

By Peter Dixon

I didn’t go to school this week

I stayed at home with Dad

I didn’t do a worksheet

And I am really rather glad

I didn’t do the number work

I didn’t do my words

I didn’t do my spellings

And I didn’t read my page

I didn’t go to school today

We fixed the shed instead

Tied some flies and feather

And dug the onion bed

I saw the cat have kittens

And climbed right up a tree

Mixed some sand and water

And held a bumblebee

I didn’t go to school all week

And I’m really not too sad

I missed important lessons

And stayed at home with Dad.

Here are Toby and Izzy's competition entries for Best Book!

Here are Toby and Izzy's competition entries for Best Book! 1
Here are Toby and Izzy's competition entries for Best Book! 2
Picture 1 Best Book competition entry from Dawid
Picture 2 Hannah from SLS came to chat about the books.

Warwickshire Junior Book Award Short List

Warwickshire Junior Book Award Short List 1
Warwickshire Junior Book Award Short List 2
Warwickshire Junior Book Award Short List 3
Warwickshire Junior Book Award Short List 4

Knightley & Son    By Rohan Gavin

What is the book about?

‘Darkus Knightley is a perfectly ordinary thirteen year old, apart from the name, his brainpower, his fondness for tweed, and the top secret files hidden upstairs. But when a stranger from the Department of the Unexplained arrives with news of his father, ordinary is over for good…’

Who is Rohan Gavin?

Rohan Gavin is an author and screenwriter based in London, and as you can guess he is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes! He loves of detective fiction and conspiracy theories inspired him to write the Knightley and Son series. Rohan is the son of award-winning children's author Jamila Gavin.

Find out more about Rohan and all of his books here:


My Brother’s Shadow

By Tom Avery

What is the book about?

‘My name is Kaia. I’m frozen because of what happened. I’m trapped because of what I saw. Can someone help me to grow again?’ Kaia is frozen when her brother dies, but can an unexpected friend help her to grow again?

Who is Tom Avery?

Tom Avery was born and raised in London in a very large, very loud family, descendants of the notorious pirate, Henry Avery. He trained as a teacher and has worked with children in inner city schools in London and Birmingham. In 2010, Tom's debut novel, Too Much Trouble, won the Diverse Voices Book Award. A Brother’s Shadow has been nominated and longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie awards.

Find out more about Tom and all of his books here: @teamavery


Destination Earth By Ali Sparkes

What is the book about?

‘Imagine you are the only survivor from another planet. You've spent ten years on a spaceship learning how to be human, and now the end of your journey is in sight . . . All you have to do is land safely, convince the earthlings that you're a real teenager, and start your new life on Earth. No problem. Except that the killer alien responsible for wiping out your people has hitched a lift. And it's just a matter of time before it starts on the human race . . .’

Who is Ali Sparkes?

Ali has had a wide variety of jobs, always having huge amounts of fun. She finally deciding that writing for children was the perfect job for her and has never looked back. You should definitely have a look at the other books that she has written.

Find out about Ali and all of her books here:


No Stone Unturned By Helen Watts

What is the book about?

‘Kelly, a Traveller, is isolated and unhappy at her new school. Until the hot summer day when she meets Ben. Ben offers to help Kelly with her local history project….strange puzzles are revealed. The quarry’s dark secret is uncovered. Soon the mystery of the past is spilling into the present – and into Kelly’s own life. Kelly must bring the long-buried truth to light, and she will leave no stone unturned’

Who is Helen Watts?

Helen Watts has worked in publishing for many years and has recently started to write her own stories for children’s fiction. Including One Day in Oradour (12+) which was well received and won many local book awards and even a Carnegie nomination! She has also been co - writing

When she is not writing she spends time walking her two dogs, reading (of course!) and going to the cinema as often as she can. She loves walking in the Cotswolds and will play tennis when she is feeling energetic!

Find out about Helen and all of her books here: