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READING

"You can find magic wherever you look.  Just sit back and relax, all you need is a book!" -Dr Seuss

Books and Breakfast

On Monday 15th January 2018 Fox Hill held its second Books and Breakfast event. Parents, carers and children were invited from 8.00 am to 8.45 am to enjoy a fabulous breakfast and enjoy all the lovely books our library had to offer. The session was run by Fox Hill staff members and was a fantastic opportunity to bring the community together through the love of reading.

Abi Elphinstone

On Tuesday 16th 2018 January, we had an engaging, inspiring and motivating talk from Abi Elphinstone. Abi talked about how she became an author and provided the children with a wealth of ideas on what they can do to support their own writing. She discussed taking every opportunity to pick out ideas (she mentioned naming a character after a shower gel).

Sharing her thrilling adventures to the Arctic, Mongolia and Scotland, she also talked about the adventures she’s had closer to home. She stressed the importance of the outside, really looking and listening to the world around us and how exciting it can actually be.

To end her talk, she kindly answered the many questions the children had about her writing and stories (she later told me how impressed she was with these questions – some of which she hadn’t answered before).

Before she left, she popped into our classroom and was really impressed with our classroom environment – particularly the school library.

Kerry Gibb

On Monday 5th February 2018  we were lucky enough to have a visit from Kerry Gibbs who is the author of the book series called It's a kids life. Kerry spoke to KS1 and KS2 about how she became an author and why reading is so important. Kerry explained that her own family is the inspiration for he writing and encouraged the children to use their own life experiences to inspire their writing. To end her talk she answered lots of the children's interesting questions. Every child who attended the talk was given a free book mark and the opportunity to buy her books. 

."There is no such thing as a child who doesn't like to read, they just haven't found the right book yet. There is a book out there just waiting for you to discover it, and when you do, it will capture your heart, and your eyes will be opened to the world of opportunity that books can take you to."  Kerry Gibb

World Book Day 2018

The snowy weather could not hold up our World Book Day celebrations! Each class started the day with a challenge set by Miss Ottley. Every class had to create a large cardboard  book front cover of their  favourite novels they had read so far this year. The children voted as a class to decide their favourite book and they made the front cover as a team. The front cover had to be the size of a child! Every class took on the challenge and the results were beautiful!

KAREN MCCOMBIE VISITS FOX HILL

On Thursday 24th May, author Karen McCombie came to visit us at Fox Hill. Over the years, Karen has written over 90 books. Years 5 and 6 have been reading her World War Two inspired novel 'Catching Falling Stars' so a visit from her was a real treat.

She talked us through her journey to becoming an author (from finding reading a challenge, to writing in magazines). After her initial talk, she kindly answered a variety of questions - about her inspirations, where she finds ideas for her characters and even questions about her punctuation choices.

After break times, Karen led a writing workshop. She explained how she came to write Catching Falling Stars, and then gave the class the opportunity to be guided through the writing process.

www.karenmccombie.com

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