Home PageLog inREACH FOR THE STARS... 21st March is World Downs Syndrome 'Lots of Socks' Day and we are raising the children's awareness by wearing odd socks on Wednesday. Improved attendance again with 96% and double WINITS this week for those attending on time every day. Well done Westerhope - the sponsored children did a wonderful job raising money for more books.
There is so much exciting reading happening around school. Yr6 have been experimenting with the 'green screen' and after learning about Charles Darwin through extensive reading of non-fiction texts, they created some superb videos.
What can you learn about Charles Darwin?
Friday 2nd March
Where's Wally winners!
Tuesday 20th February
We will be celebrating World Book Day next week on Wednesday 28th! We will be having lots of book and story related fun and we look forward to seeing parents coming into school to share stories and look at our learning from the day. Follow this link to find out all about what will be happening.
World Book Day websiteYou will find lots of exciting information and activities when you explore this website. You will also be able to see how you can spend you £1 book voucher! Happy hunting!
Would you like to win one of these fabulous books?
Hidden on pages of our website are pictures of the Reading Champions holding books you could win! All you need to do is search the website to find the 5 hidden books and the secret letter next to each book. Collect all 5 letters to make a word and complete the tear off sheet below. Put this in the prize draw box in the entrance by Wednesday 28th February and you could win one of the books!
Wednesday 24th January
Reception children have been reading lots of non-fiction texts to learn about 'Arctic Animals'. Throughout the Reception classrooms you can see evidence of their reading and they have even made their own non-fiction books! They show superb handwriting and knowledge of the animals. Well done Reception!
In Year Two, they have been learning about the Great Fire of London and have read numerous books to learn about the subject. The children have also been writing diaries using the knowledge they have gained through their reading. Here are two super examples of writing and these children not only wrote superbly but also read their work aloud using expression and with great enthusiasm. Fantastic work boys!
Thursday 11th January
New class readers are popping up all over school so don't forget to look at the corridor displays or see what's coming up. If you want to buy any of these books, let your class teacher know and they will let you know how to get them.
Year 2 The Great Fire of London
Year 3 The Amazing Tale of Adolphus Tips
Year 4 Beowulf
Year 5 Darkmouth
Not sure who the authors are? Have a look around school and see if you can find out! 😉
Wednesday 10th January
Wow! Only day two and already there is some fantastic work happening around school! Well done everyone!
Our READING CHAMPIONS are all ready for a new term and we even have two new recruits!
Tuesday 9th January
Welcome back to a new term. Hopefully you have been reading lots during the holidays and you might even have been lucky enough to get some new books from Father Christmas.
My family know me so well that I got a few new books which I have read while snuggled up with Christmas cake and blanket with bears on it. The perfect way to spend some time! So have a look at this recommendation. 😀
This is a debut novel by Alex Bell set in a fantastical world of snow and ice, unicorns, fairies and sea monsters. The main characters are determined adventurers with interesting histories which make them compelling and lovable and you won't want their story to end. It is an exciting quest through snowy mountains and you never quite know what will happen next. A must read for children in Years 4, 5 and 6.
Tuesday 5th December
Year 5 stepped up to the poetry challenge today! They shared lots of poems, talked about what they liked and learnt about different poets. They them impressed me with a poetry performance. Do you recognise the poem? Talk to a Year 5 pupil and ask them to tell you about the poet and share the rest of the poem. Well done Year 5!
Poetry performance by Class 11
Monday 4th December
Time to get reading everyone as there are double reading tokens available all week!
Monday 20th November
We had a fantastic author visit today! Vivian French came to talk to our Reception children and we were joined by two other schools. She shared her brilliant book 'Yucky Worms ' which the children have been reading in class and gave us lots of top tips for writing our own exciting stories.
'Your imagination is like an invisible dustbin inside your head and that is where you get your ideas. You need to keep it topped up by reading and listening.'
Vivian French sharing her book with Reception
Vivian FrenchExplore her super website and find out a little more about her books and ideas.
Wednesday 1st November
Fancy writing a story you would want to read? How about entering the 'Wicked Young Writers Awards Competition 2018'? All you need to do is write an exciting and interesting story in no more than 750 words. You can do that! Have a go!
There is no rush to enter so you have until after Christmas but if you want to pass your first efforts to me (Mrs Russell) you can and I will let you know how you are getting on.
Lots more information can be found using the links below.
Year 1 produced some fabulous art work and loved reading all about Peter Rabbit in Mr McGregor's garden.
UKS2 - the children in year 5 and 6 have worked really hard this week and immersed themselves in the world of Beatrix Potter. Year 5 studied the story of Squirell Nutkin while year 6 produced their own beautiful book full of stories they've created with endangered species as their main characters. The watercolours they produced are brilliant with lots of detail. Well done everyone.
LKS2 worked so hard this week to read stories by Beatrix Potter and discuss her use of language. They developed their stitching techniques to make a bookmark to use when reading. Good job everyone.
Year 2 - Look how busy Year 2 have been this week during reading week. They even wrote their scripts and songs.
Wow! Our Reception children have been very busy during Reading week and were inspired after meeting Beatrix herself!
Monday 16th October
Finally it has arrived!
It is our Beatrix Potter themed reading week!
We even had a special visitor in our assembly today. See if you can work out who from the photos below.
Did you work it out? Yes we had Beatrix Potter in all day working with the children. What an exciting day it has been!
It's National Libraries Week. Have a look at the website and pop to our local libraries and see what you can find.
Coming up soon at City Library is an event which sounds fun for all of you budding new authors! 😀
Thursday 28th September
Today is National Poetry Day! There are poetry books out on the book table so you can read and share poems and the National Poetry website has lots of activities to take a look at. So, today is the day - let's all get poetic!
Thursday is National Poetry Day so during assembly all of the children learnt a poem by the famous poet, Spike Milligan:
Today I saw a little worm
wriggling on his belly.
Perhaps he'd like to come inside
and see what's on the telly.
The children have been asked to share the poem with as many people as possible!
All year groups have started their class readers and already there is exciting work based around their books.
Year 1 - The Jolly Postman
Year 2 - Superhero books
Year 3 - Stig of the Dump
Year 4 - Stitch Head
Year 5 - Black Beauty
Year 6 - Harry Potter
Our class readers
Our latest edition of Aquila Magazine has arrived! This edition is all about The Elizabethans. Interested? Then why not pop along and see Mrs Russell and borrow it so you can see what you can find out about this fascinating period of history.
Or, if you are reading this at home, what not have a read of this short story which is at the back of the magazine. Read it and let Mrs Russell know what you think about it.
Welcome back to a brand new year of reading!
Already there has been lots of reading happening around school. This promises to be another year of fantastic reading for everyone!
Reading around school
We had our final 'Token Challenge' assembly and Class 9 won again! We also had the most improved class which was Class 3! Well done to all classes because there has been huge amounts of reading going on and hopefully this will continue in the summer holidays.
This year the libraries in the north east have the 'Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge' happening and there are stickers and stamps to collect and lots of activities happening in our local libraries.
Have a little look at the video link below to learn more and check out the website as there is lots of summer fun to be had. Happy reading everyone!
We had a very exciting author visit from Guy Bass, the author of our much loved Year 4 text Stitch Head. We were joined by another school and Guy entertained us with stories from his childhood right through to how he writes his books. He was hilarious! The children loved the session and hopefully he will pop back soon!
Guy Bass talking about his childhood!
The book fair is back! Bargains are to be had as EVERYTHING is half price! Yesterday there was lots of excited browsing so it could get very busy later today!
There is lots of interesting information you can read online to find out about a variety of sports so why not try some of these websites and see what you can find out . . .
Sports Illustrated for kidsThis is an American website with lots of articles about American sports. Have a look and see which sports you can learn about.
Children's BBCThere are dozens of interesting articles about sports to be found here so it is certainly worth a look.
Don't fancy reading online? Well why not come and borrow a 'The Week Junior' because there is a section about sport every week. Ask Mrs Russell if you want to have a look.
Take a little look at our latest book inspired displays around school.
Yesterday the Reading Champions visited the Newcastle City Library and Waterstones. They had a look behind the scenes at the library and even saw a 'creepy' book which was over 100 years old and kept in 'The Stack'. Do you want to know what made it creepy? Ask a Reading Champion!
We then visited Waterstones and with the help of the very enthusiastic assistants, we choose a new book for every class which will be winging its way home very soon!
Here are the new books we bought. Which books do you think are for your year group?
We love reading at Westerhope so much that we do lots of reading across the curriculum. Most of our Geography, History and Science learning starts in our whole class reading sessions. You would be amazed by how much we learn from our Reading!
Have a look at the pictures below to see examples of some of the texts we have been reading and some of our work.
Can you work out what some of our topics have been from the texts we have been reading?
Year 3 have started a new class reader, Spy Dog by Andrew Cope. Enter the new exciting world of spy cats and dogs by taking a peak at the website dedicated to the books. Have a look and let us know what you find!
Spy Dog website Enter the world of Andrew Cope and find out more about his characters and books in the series.
Since the introduction of our reading scheme, you are all reading more than ever! Consequently we have bought a number of new books by a range of authors to add into each level. We are constantly seeking out new books to keep all levels interesting and exciting so keep your eyes open!
Our Reading Champions had their first meeting today and have lots of brilliant ideas for what they want to do first - watch this space!
They also wrote a 'mission statement' which will be displayed in school:
We are the Westerhope Reading Champions and we will inspire and motivate children of all ages to have a love of reading.
We will write reviews and recommend books; choose new books and authors to appeal to a wide range of children; spend time reading with other children to help improve their confidence and create competitions which will encourage more children to read.
Our Reading Champions are here! The children wrote fantastic applications and gave enthusiastic and detailed answers in their interviews. We are excited to get started with our fantastic team of six.
Look at the reading happening around school! Well done everyone!
Oxford OwlFree ebooks and lots of fantastic reading resources to use at home
The latest edition of The Week Junior has arrived!
Fancy making a bookmark with your left over Easter egg boxes?
How about a new book to read? Like the sound of this one?
Our Year 6 readers have been inspired by the books in our new reading scheme. Consequently they have read all of the books in our highest level - Level 20. So we have introduced a new level called '20 and Beyond!'
We have carefully selected a variety of books to appeal to boys and girls and from a range of genres. There are new stories and classic stories and we will continue to add to this collection through the year.
I have just finished reading The Girl of Ink and Stars. It has just won the Waterstones Children's book prize and I can see why. It has an interesting leading character who spends time with her father creating maps of the curious island on which they live. A tyrant rules the island and he doesn't even allow the people to go in the ocean which surrounds them! An adventure follows which includes monsters, a fight for survival, determination and resilience and a nail biting conclusion makes this book well worth a read.
Enjoy it and let me know what you think.
We were so impressed with the progress this young man has made in his reading that he was rewarded with the new World Book Day book by David Walliams. What a superstar!
Hurray! Our new reading challenge is here . . .
It was lovely to see that one of our 100% attendance winners of the £5 voucher chose to use it to buy a book! She promises to come back with a review very soon. 😀
World Book Day has been brilliant! The children and staff have enjoyed dressing up and reading has been happening all day! The children have been talking bout favourite books, creating books, sharing books and there has been drama and filming around school as well. Have a look at the class pages to see more.
We have a winner! His super idea is to use the pages to make origami animals. I have my fingers crossed he will make lots to display around school! Well done!
Win a £5 book voucher!
We have 18 copies of Stormbreaker which are beyond repair as they have been read so much over the years in Year 6. What could we do with them? Write down your creative ideas and give them to Mrs Russell by Friday 10th February and the most imaginative suggestion will win the voucher. Good luck!
Year 4 have been enthralled in their new class reader, 'How to Train Their Dragon', and have written diary entries as one of the main characters. Their work is so impressive that it is displayed in Mrs Russell's new reading and writing gallery in her office. Who will add their work there next?
17th January, 2017
After a Christmas holiday full of reading and books as Christmas presents, classes have lots of new class readers on the go and the children have been producing some excellent written responses and writing based around their books.
Year 1 - Grace Darling
Year 2 - The Worst Witch
Year 3 - Stig of the Dump
Year 4 - How to Train Your Dragon
Year 5 - Darkmouth
Year 6 - Holes
16th January, 2017
The Week Junior Magazine is in school every week and each week their is a page dedicated to a current issue to debate. This weekly debate is now displayed in the corridor for the children to read and then record their views. Watch out for those Yr6 children helping at the display each lunchtime.
Individual Reading Expectations. How often do pupils read at Westerhope?
Each week we get a new copy of The Week Junior magazine. This week I asked one of our enthusiastic readers to review it. Have a little look below!
Another very enthusiastic reader came to talk about his reading today. He has been reading lots at home with his mum and dad and is loving the new books. His class teacher is very proud of his achievements.
WIN one of two copies of this fantastic book. Keep reading and find out how!
The FIRST TWO children to read this review and tell Mrs Russell will win a copy of the book. Good luck!
In Year 2 Miss Holisz set her children a reading challenge. They could only change their new reading book if they could answer the questions at the back of the book! The children have taken the challenge on and parents have been helping with the questions and there are lots of reading comments in their reading diaries about the questions and the children's brilliant responses. Well done Year 2!
We have a fantastic new magazine/newspaper in school called 'The Week Junior'. Every week they have a book review page to help children find a new and exciting book to read. Take a look at latest one below:
Our new reading books!
We have all of our brand new reading books going home with the children and they have been enjoying choosing from our new exciting range!
Lots of teachers and children have been talking about how much they have enjoyed their new books. Have a look at the videos below for some of the reasons why the new books are so popular. Which book would you like to read?
Have a look at all of the reading happening in school at the moment - we are inspired by books!
In Year 1 the children have been reading lots of books by the author Simon Puttock - he even came in to talk to the children!
In Year 3 they have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and you can see the variety of writing and the design technology work which they have done based on the book.
In Year 4 the children finished their work using The Jungle Book. The book inspired some excellent creative writing and they also used the book as the basis for some non-fiction reading using a variety of engaging texts.
Year 4 have been busy! After The Jungle Book, they have been reading Beowulf and it has been thrilling and exciting throughout! The children have created monsters, written about battles and there has even been a dragon lurking in the classroom!
Year 2 have just started their new topic 'The Great Fire of London'. Today they were reading non-fiction texts about the fire then had to answer the question 'Why was London dangerous?'. The children's responses were brilliant as they used evidence from the text. We have super skilled historians in the making! You can see in the pictures how well they were highlighting words they needed to clarify and then working out their meanings together - wow!
We have invested in 630 new books for Years 3 to 6! Your children will be introduced to them after half term so expect to see lots of lovely, exciting new books being brought home as home readers. We are also hoping to buy some new books for Years 1 and 2, so watch this space and we will let you know.
We are currently busy in school reading as much as possible! Children can be found reading everywhere! One of our governors, Mr Ditchburn is passionate about reading and will soon be popping in to listen to some enthusiastic readers in Years 5 and 6.
This term we have a variety of exciting 'class readers' being used in Years 1 to 6.
In Year 1 the children have been reading the Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The children have written their own post cards and taken them to the post office to post. They have been sorting mail and planning a good route for the postman to take. Remember to ask your children what else they have been getting up to!
In Year 2 the children have been getting excited about 'Superheroes'. They have been reading lots of different books to learn about superhero powers and have created their own non-fiction texts. They will also be making superhero capes in Science using everything they have learnt from their range of non-fiction books.
Year 3 are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl as part of their 'Chocolate' topic. The children have been enjoying reading the story and are preparing to write their own instructions for making chocolately 'Nishnobblers' so keep your eyes open for those!
Year 4 are reading the classic text The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. They have been inspired to write their own stories using the same characters and in Science are learning about animal teeth, prey and predators.
Year 5 are reading Raquel J. Palacio's debut novel 'Wonder'. The children are enjoying thinking about the characters and the choices they make and their resulting emotions. These discussion are then being used to relate to their own experiences and are helping Year 5 to empathise and undertstand the significance of being 'Special and Unique'. This is a book we know adults and children will love, so get reading mums and dads!
It may be hard to believe but many of the Year 6 children have not read any Harry Potter books! So, Year 6 are reading the very first book 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and loving it! In writing, the children have written flashbacks, are creating their own Harry Potter story and have written a variety of interesting letters. They are even going to Harry Potter World in November! So for all things Harry Potter have a little chat with a Year 6 and be dazzled!