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  • How To Be a Hero

    Year 5 were lucky enough to be sent some advance proof copies of How to Be a Hero by Cat Weldon. Thank you to Reading Zone for asking for our opinions on this brilliant book! Mrs Canning: A heroically good read from Cat Weldon! Meet Whetstone, a most unheroic thief. When his efforts to steal a talking cup take an unexpected turn, he finds himself in the company of Lotta, a trainee Valkyrie. Together they embark on a rip-roaring adventure that spans several worlds. Will Whetstone be remembered for all the wrong reasons or will he finally learn that being different is sometimes the very best thing you can be? I thoroughly enjoyed this unpredictable and humorous quest story. The characters were likeable, the story fast paced and I loved how the two worlds collided in this unlikely friendship. Not only did it help to educate me on different aspects of Viking lore, it also carries an important message about staying true to oneself. I would highly recommend it to pupils aged 7+, particularly if they are studying the Vikings. It is the perfect book for fans of How to Train Your Dragon and would be a great addition to any bookshelf. David: I would rate this book 5/5 because it's one of those comedy books: I LOVE THEM and the illustrations are extraordinary! It's like How to Train Your Dragon but more comedic. I would recommend this book and want more people to experience Cat Weldon's writing. If you like funny books, or adventure stories, then you would like this. Hanna: I was reading How to be A Hero by Cat Weldon. It's a beautifully told story by a wonderful author. I loved this book and I couldn't put it down! I felt like I was on a journey with Lotta and Whetstone (the protagonist). I rated this book 4.75 out of 5 - it was really close to a 5! It is a mythological fantasy adventure. I would recommend it to people who love mythology and want to learn more about it, or people who like fantasy. It's not a book I would normally read but I really enjoyed it. Caoimhe: I would rate this book 4.5/5 because it is adventurous and different to other books. I would recommend this book to my friends because I feel like they would like it. My favourite part was when Flee and Flay got in trouble at the end and my favourite character was Lotta. Hermon: I love this book. I would give it five stars. Whetstone and a trainee Valkyrie called Lotta go on a quest to get the golden cup. It is a Viking book that I really enjoyed. I would recommend it for How to Train your Dragon lovers. Noel: This book is an amazing book about Vikings, Gods and lots more. It is about a boy called Whetstone and a companion (a trainee Valkyrie called Lotta). They embark on an adventure through different worlds. I would recommend this to people age 8 or over, who are fans of How to Train Your Dragon. This book was adventure-packed and pretty satisfying.

  • Interview with Emma Carroll

    Year 6 were delighted to have the opportunity to interview our Book of the Month author, Emma Carroll. Emma has written many historical fictions books, aimed at Upper Key Stage 2, such as the Somerset Tsunami, Secrets of a Sun King and Letters from the Lighthouse. We would like to say a massive thank you to Emma for taking the time to answer our questions. Where does your interest in historical fiction stem from?I love reading books set in the past, so I think this is my biggest influence. I love hearing about everyday details like what people wore, what food they ate, how they travelled, things like that. What made you write about a tsunami? It's a true story- well, part of it is. A huge wave travelled up the Bristol Channel in 1608, causing terrible floods in which 2000 people died. In 2004, geologists researching the event, claimed written accounts of the time and the aftermath of the flood all pointed to it being a tsunami. It was then down to me to make up characters who might've lived through such a disaster. Is there a follow-on from this particular book? Though the ending suggests there might be a sequel, there aren't any plans for one, currently! What is the best part of being an author and why? There are so many! I love that I get to write stories all day, read books, talk about books and meet lots of brilliant people. It's the best job in the world. Ever since I was a child I've wanted to be an author. Sometimes I have to pinch myself! Are you interested in superstitious activity in real life? I confess I do love spooky stories and old traditions, yes. And I always say 'morning sir' to single magpies!

  • Book Spree

    Book Spree We were so lucky to win a book spree from the Siobhan Dowd Trust charity! We had a budget of £400 to spend on new books for our classrooms. We split this money between each year group in Key Stage 2 so each year had £100 to spend. The only rule was that the children had to do the choosing!   Year 3:  Year Three had great fun this afternoon. A group of us were given the very important job of choosing some new books for our classroom bookshelves. We worked together to look at the list of books that we could choose from and thought about the type of books that we enjoy reading and the books that we felt we needed most in our classes. We chose a list of books and calculated how much we had spent. Luckily we had stayed within budget so we did not have to cross any books off our list. We were delighted that we could keep all of the books we had chosen. Thank you to the Siobhan Dowd Trust for your generosity in funding these books and we are really looking forward to their arrival. Year 4:   Year 4 have had so much fun this week! We felt privileged to be given the opportunity to choose our very own books for our class bookshelves. As we knew this was a very important job, we took lots of time to discuss what types of books we like to read in year 4 and what we felt our bookshelves were lacking. We made sure that our choices were varied in order to cater for our whole year band. The tricky part was trying to stay within our £100 budget, as there were just SO many books we liked the look of! Our poor calculators have never worked so hard! Eventually, we came up with a list of books that we were all excited about. Year 4 would like to say a humongous THANK YOU to the Siobhan Dowd Trust for funding our book spree and for giving us this opportunity. We can’t wait for our books to arrive!  Year 5:  Today was the best day ever! A team of Year 5 children were selected from different setting groups and got together to make some tough decisions. We looked through lists from Peters bookshop and we used the Reader Teacher website for inspiration too. Working in pairs, we selected the books we liked and then rotated the lists so we all had a chance to look at them. We then put together a list of the most popular and we had spent over £186! We had to then vote to reduce this list so we weren’t spending over our budget. When we were picking books, we thought carefully about representing the whole year band. We had to think about what books others would enjoy and we tried to pick across a range of genres. We had lots of discussion and debate and finally agreed on 21 books.  We CANNOT wait to receive our books and would like to say a big thank you to the Siobhan Dowd Trust for giving us this fantastic opportunity! Year 6: We have just completed the best job ever, choosing new books for our year group! We felt very lucky to be able to do this and we are very grateful to the Siobhan Dowd Trust for allowing us to have this much fun!  Our approach was well considered! Our small group firstly discussed what books we enjoy then what books we feel we lack in our classrooms. We thought about others as well as ourselves.  We calculated costs as we went along and feel really happy that we have spent our money wisely.  Thank you again – we really do appreciate it and we can’t wait for our books to arrive!

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  • Education | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School | West Midlands

    St. Bernadette's Catholic Primary School Learn to love, love to learn. Parent Pay Newsletter A quick reference guide for parents and staff (September 2020) Covid-19 Related Pupil Absence At St. Bernadette's Catholic School you will find us caring, hardworking and co-operative. We follow the ways of Jesus using our talents and gifts to make our school special. We show respect to all and welcome you Learn More Upcoming Events

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  • Corona Virus Updates | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    CORONA VIRUS - Updates and Information ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Risk Assessment Covid Catch Up Premium Remote Education Provision Blended & Remote Learning For the latest information relating to Corona Virus, please visit the Government website and World Health Organisation. ​ https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response ​ https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public ​ ​ ​ ​​ For any urgent queries regarding Corona Virus, you can contact the Department of Education Helpline using the contact information provided below. This is for Staff members and Parents. ​ Department for Education Helpline: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk ​ NHS Information: NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. Use this service if: you think you might have coronavirus in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see travelling advice you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus What are Covid 19 Symptons? The main SYMPTOMS OF Covid-19 are: - A new continuous cough and/or - Fever (temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher) - Loss of or change in, normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia) What is the mode of transmission? Covid-19 is passed from person to person mainly by large respiratory droplets and direct contact (close unprotected contact, usually less than one metre). These droplets can be directly inhaled by the person or can land on surfaces which another person may touch which can lead to infection if they then touch their nose, mouth or eyes. When is a person infectious? A person is thought to be infectious 48 hours before symptoms appear, and up to seven days after they start displaying symptoms. Are pupils at risk of infection? Pupils of all ages can catch the infection, but pupils make up a very small proportion of Covid-19 cases with about 1% of confirmed cases in England aged under 19 years. Pupils also have a much lower risk of developing symptoms or severe disease. If setting has been notified of symptomatic pupil/staff member, should the rest of the class/bubble be excluded? No, the class/bubble should continue to attend the education setting as normal. The symptomatic case should stay at home and follow the stay at home guidance: the staff member/pupil’s parents encouraged to get tested. Any siblings of the pupil attending the setting/staff’s household member should self-isolate for 10 days. Should a pupil/staff member come to School if a member of their household is unwell? No. If a member of the pupil’s/staff member’s household is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms then the pupil/staff member should isolate for 10 days starting from the day after the household member(s) became ill. If the pupil subsequently develops symptoms then they should isolate for 10 days from the date. Can the siblings of a pupil who is self-isolating because they are a contact of a case attend the education? Yes, other household members of the contact do not need to self-isolate unless the pupil, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms. If a pupil has Covid-19 symptoms, get tested and tests negative, can they return to the education setting even if they still have symptoms? If the pupil is NOT a known contact of a confirmed case the pupil can return to the education if the result is negative, provided they feel well, and they have not had a fever for 48 hours. Should close contacts of a positive case get tested? No, they are not required to get tested unless they develop symptoms during the 14 days of isolation. A message to all the children at St. Bernadette's

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