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Nightingale Academy

St Thomas Cantilupe Church of England Primary School

Shine bright your light (Matthew 5 : 14-15)

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# Year of Reading 2020

World Book Day 2020

STC have been further inspired to read and write after a visit from award winning author, Andy Seed.  Andy, talked to us about the joys of reading and the benefits of being an author. Words are wonderful. Andy even signed a copy of a pre-release for us!


'I really enjoyed the day and found the children receptive, enthusiastic and smart. The staff are very nice too! Once again, thanks for making this happen – it was an excellent day.'

 - Andy Seed, Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award (Best Book with Facts)


Our Class Reading Books - Spring Term

Our chosen whole class reading texts link to our termly topics. Below are the texts we are enjoying this term. We'd love you to share your opinions about these books with us. Tell us about your likes and dislikes, plus any patterns or puzzles these books make you think about. You can share your comments via our Twitter feed @ThomasCantilupe


Class R


Class 1


Class 2


Class 3


Class 4C & Class 4R

Class 4/5

Class 6


Poems of the Term

Our classes love poetry. We are aiming to learn a poem each half term. 


Class R - Weekly Rhyme: Underground Vegetables, Chinese New Year, 10 Little Fingers, 2D Shapes, 3D Shapes , I'm a Little Turnip.

Class 1 - 'Cats' by Eleanor Farjeon, 'Tractor Blue' by James Carter 

Class 2 - 'Apple' by James Carter

Class 3 - 'How to turn your teacher purple'

Class 4C & Class 4R - 'Scared of the Dark' and 'Time' by Valerie Bloom

Class 4/5 - 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll and  'The Owl and the Pussy Cat' by Edward Lear

Class 6 - 'The Dentist and the Crocodile' by Roald Dahl

Helpful Links

Follow the links below, to view videos from BookTrust  which give tips and examples of how to read with your child.




Encouraging older children to read


'Research has shown that children who enjoy reading and spend more time reading for pleasure have better reading and writing skills, a broader vocabulary, and an increased general knowledge and understanding of other cultures.' BookTrust


  Here are some tips from BookTrust for promoting reading in your home with older children:

  • Ensure that your children see you reading. It doesn't matter if it's the newspaper, a cookery book, romantic novel, detective mystery, short stories, computer manual, magazine - anything!
  • Encourage children to join in - ask a child to read out a recipe for you as you cook, or the TV listings when you are watching TV.
  • Give books or book tokens as presents (and encourage others to do so!)
  • Visit the local library together on a regular basis, and enjoy spending time choosing new books.
  • Encourage children to carry a book at all times so they can read on journeys or in spare moments – you can do this, too!
  • Keep reading together. There are lots of books that both adults and young people can enjoy. Try The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, the Harry Potter series, or The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Read books you can all talk about but make the talk light-hearted, not testing or over-questioning.
  • Go to libraries or bookshops when authors are visiting. Children and teenagers love meeting their favourite writers - Jacqueline Wilson and Anthony Horowitz always have signing queues that are miles long!
  • Make sure your home is a reading home - have a family bookshelf and make sure there are shelves in your children's bedrooms as well.
  • Don't panic if your child reads the same book over and over again - let's be honest, we've probably all done it!
  • Encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other. This will encourage them to talk and think about the books they are reading.

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Shine bright your light (Matthew 5 : 14-15)

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