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First News - Children's Newspaper

First News newspaper has become a weekly favourite for our children. It engages children with reading news while improving their core literacy levels.


Created for children between the ages of 7 and 14, First News contains both bite-sized news and in-depth special reports, appealing to different reader types and levels. First News upholds a balance between positive stories and hard-hitting news, cultivating a love of learning about the world while providing reassuring context to more complex topics.


Using news as a foundation to learning develops children’s ability to identify and understand the way facts are presented, explore detail in-depth and evaluate information accurately, a crucial skill for exam preparation. First News not only progresses these academic skills but supports children’s personal and emotional development, growing their confidence and expanding their knowledge, empathy and global awareness.


I will post the Online Newspapers every week for you to enjoy at home. 

Happy reading!

Mrs Baron 


Dinner Lady Drone Dance - We Are Reading


1000 children came together and met at Rosewood Primary School to chant Ian Bland's poem in unison. A celebration of District 12's We Are Reading campaign.

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!

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.



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.


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