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Autumn term Poetry Slam!

On Friday 20th October, our competitive spirit was put to the test for our first Poetry Slam of the year. 'Black History Month' was the theme of choice - to conclude our celebrations of the month. With each corridor learning about key figures including Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and Nelson Mandela, the teachers and children were clearly inspired, making the event was a huge success. Congratulations to class 6 with Miss Sutcliffe and Mrs Atherton, who won the key stage one competition; and to class 10 with Mr Carrington and Mrs Thornton, who won the key stage two competition.

 

There was an outstanding level of talent on show in our individual entries competition. Our judges, Mrs Marney and Mrs Stuttard, had a hard task deciding the winners. From key stage one, Riley Scholes was victorious and with amazing poems, written by themselves, two year 6 children, Nathaniel Hill and Isabella Caddis, secured wins in the key stage two competition.

 

Well done to everyone who joined in.

 

 

Fantastic Book Awards

 

This week, our Year 6 children voted for their favourite book as part of the Fantastic Book Awards competition.  The children read all six books over the last few months and then collaboratively reached a decision as to which book was their favourite.  All books were then ranked and we are pleased to announce that our favourite book was 'Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog' by Claire Barker.

 

We submitted our vote yesterday and we are now eagerly awaiting the announcement of the overall winner.

 

Well done to all the children who took part!

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Reciprocal Reading

 

Today in reciprocal reading, Class 4 read ‘Leela’s Secret Plan’. We made predictions throughout the story using evidence from the illustrations and text.

World Book Day - March 2017
On World Book Day, the children came dressed as their favourite book character. There were some amazing efforts and the children looked fabulous. As part of the day, our teachers participated in a carousel; moving around the different classes and teaching a book-related activity. The children got to see different teachers and learn about different stories.
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P4C (Philosophy for Children)
Addressing the spoken language element of the English National Curriculum, here are our year 6 children participating in a P4C session discussing 'Why is respect different in different sports?'
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Reciprocal Reading
Over the last few weeks, children have been practising reciprocal reading skills in their classes. Reciprocal reading is the way we teach reading comprehension skills at Ightenhill. Children learn how to perform four basic skills: predict, clarify, question and summarise. They do this in small groups where they support each other to read and analyse a given text.
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Author Study
As part of our curriculum for this half term, each key stage is studying a particular author. Key stage one children are learning about Julia Donaldson; lower key stage two are learning about Roald Dahl and upper key stage two are studying Michael Morpurgo. As a stimulus for their learning, we have taken all of our children to the theatre to watch a production based on a book written by their author. Reception, year one and year two watched 'Stickman', year three and four will visit Manchester Palace Theatre to watch 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and years five and six watched a production of 'Why the Whales came'.
Poetry Slam

On the final day of half term, the whole school took part in a poetry slam. Each class competed with poems based on either 'The Ancient Greeks' or 'The Olympic Games'. The children performed to the audience of children from other classes, teachers, Mrs Marney and special guest Mrs Hardy. Following all of the performances, Mrs Marney and Mrs Hardy had the hard decision of picking the winners. After much deliberation the winners were announced as class 6 and class 9. Well done to all those who took part and made the morning a successful event.

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Reading 

 

Here is a short explanation of how reading is taught at Ightenhill Primary School. 

Recommended Reading Lists

We encourage children who are fluent readers to read for pleasure; choosing books from a range of genres. As a school, we continually invest in new books to stock our class and school libraries. We also have regular book loans from the library service to cater for children's diverse interests. Our year 6 librarians hold a library club every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime for children to come and read or simply change their books. Listed below are some websites with popular children's book recommendations.

www.booktrust.org.uk

www.lovereading4kids.co.uk

www.oxfordowl.co.uk

 

Please also note that ebooks can often be downloaded free of charge to tablets and computer devices (see Oxford Owl).

 

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