Crzy bt Ks Gry! (Can you read this without the vowels?!)

As part of our World Book Day activities, each year group has been learning about an author this week. Our author of the week is Kes Gray, who has written lots of funny books.


You can find lots of interesting information about Kes Gray by clicking here to visit his website.

On Tuesday we enjoyed ‘Oi Dog’, which is the sequel to ‘Oi Frog’. We wrote in role as the animals from the story…

On Wednesday we read the hilarious ‘Quick Quack Quentin’ and enjoyed a vowel hunt!

Then we took the vowels out of our names which really tickled us!

Then we read information about Kes Gray and answered questions. Did you know that Kes Gray supports Manchester United?

On Friday we enjoyed our favourite Kes Gray book – Nuddy Ned! Here is our very own Miss Coggan reading the cheeky story:

We planned and wrote our own versions of Nuddy Ned! What do you think?

Here are some more Kes Gray stories to enjoy at home:

World Book Day 2017

Wow! What a wonderful World Book Day! We looked AMAZING in our costumes. Thank you to parents for your fantastic efforts.

We enjoyed parading our outfits during a special assembly…


Congratulations to our lucky winners!

We were very brave and stood up in front of the whole class to talk about our favourite books. Well done boys and girls!

Earlier in the week Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a special Reading Morning and were even treated to snacks!

We have enjoyed some bookish maths, such as sorting different types of books onto a Carroll diagram:

We performed some of our favourite Michael Rosen poems, too!


Lexia at home

Your child will be given a letter today about using Lexia Reading Core 5 at home. Here is a copy of the letter. The children use Lexia at school for 4 half hour sessions per week.

It is very important that you do not help your child in any way whilst they are using Lexia. It is designed to be an independent reading intervention and helping your child may result in them accessing activities and school follow-up work that are not best suited to their stage.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Kingsley and Miss Coggan

Surprising Sharks!

Last week we learned all about sharks. We have learnt lots of fascinating facts through reading our book  “Surprising Sharks”, completing our shark reading trail, reading shark fact pages and asking writing questions for Miss Coggan’s friend Ed, who works with sharks!

We labelled the different features of a book (Surprising Sharks) and a fact page.

Here we are enjoying our shark reading trail!

Ed the Shark Conservationist answered our questions.


Look at our new Reading Areas!

At Russell Scott Primary School we strive to promote a love of reading. We asked the children what kind of reading areas they would like in their classrooms and and they came up with lots of fabulous ideas. We copied the covers of our favourite books and chose stories to decorate our areas with. We decided we would love to have tents, cushions and special chairs to sit on while we were reading. We love our new reading areas! If you would like to come and see them for yourself, please join us at one of our reading mornings. We hold them every Tuesday at 9:00-9:25am!

1C’s Reading Area

1K’s Reading Area


Christmas Mini Reading Challenge

The Christmas Mini Reading Challenge is back!

All you have to do is read three books over the winter holiday, and add them to your profile on the reading challenge website. If you didn’t set up a profile last Christmas, or in the summer, then it is very easy to make one. Read and log three books to unlock a special badge and a video message from Peter Bunzl, author of ‘Cogheart’.

Click here to start the challenge.

Good luck!

Freddie and the Fairy

After an exciting week of fairy visits, we decided that we had enjoyed the book “Freddie and the Fairy” so much that we would like to read you our own versions of the story. We used Book Creator to record our stories. We hope you enjoy listening to them!



Bedtime story

This week’s bedtime story is now live. Click here to visit the Reading Blog and listen to the next chapter of ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’.

If you’re also enjoying ‘Ratburger’ then why not listen to this week’s guest reader, Miss Hallam, reading the next instalment.


A virtual author visit from Greg Dobbins!

We are such lucky children! Today we were treated to a Skype visit from Greg Dobbins, author of The Grumpy Teddy. He read the story to us and then answered some of our interesting questions. There were so many fantastic questions that we simply couldn’t choose the best 10, so we pulled names out of a hat! Thank you to Greg for taking the time to Skype with us. We learnt that his favourite books are Watership Down and the Gruffalo and he told us that you have to read lots of books if you want to become an author like him. He even showed us the final manuscript of his brand new book which isn’t even in the shops yet! We can’t wait to read it when it’s published!

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Greg also answered some more of our questions on Twitter.

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He said that the illustrator of The Grumpy Teddy would be very impressed by our puppets!


Here is Greg, reading The Grumpy Teddy!

This week we reviewed the book and wrote letters to Greg:

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We also learnt about question and exclamation marks and wrote conversations between the Grumpy Teddy and the characters he meets in the story:

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Phonics Meeting for Year 1 Parents

Dear Parents,

A letter about our upcoming phonics meeting for Year 1 parents will be sent home today. A copy of the letter can be found by clicking here.  You only need to attend one of the meetings. Please complete and return the slip to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

Before the meeting, I’d be very grateful if you could complete this short survey. It will help me to ensure that the meeting is as informative as possible.

Create your own user feedback survey

I look forward to seeing lots of you at the meetings,

Miss Kingsley
Phonics Coordinator