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Howitt Primary Community School

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Pantomime Trip

Year one and two enjoyed their trip to Derby Arena on 17th December 2019 to see Peter Pan. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience live theatre and they all had a wonderful afternoon, joining in with the characters on stage and singing loudly. The show links really well with our work in English on traditional tales.


Earlier in December, year one also went to see a production of The Snowman at the Riverside on Pride Park. This provided the stimulus for lots of writing opportunities and cross-curricular work back in class.

Year 2 Stay and Learn 3.10.19

The children were really excited to invite their parents and carers into the classroom to learn all about our new reading resource called "One Minute Reads". We read a piece of text together and used our reading strategies to help us answer a range of different questions about it.

Afterwards, children and adults worked together to carry out lots of exciting reading activities.


The children are all looking forward to borrowing the "One Minute Reads" and earning merit points!

Year 2 Stay and Learn 3.10.19

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Reading at home awards


Congratulations to 2 more of our children for achieving their reading at home challenge.

They were pleased to choose a new book.


Years 3, 4 and 5 Greenaway Shadowing Group


Some of our reading enthusiasts from Years 3, 4 and 5 have been working with Cathy Petersen from the Derbyshire Library Service shadowing the annual Greenaway Awards. Children from schools all over the country have been meeting to share their thoughts and opinions about the eight books which were shortlisted for this year’s Greenaway Prize. The prize is named after the author and illustrator Kate Greenaway and is given for the best illustrated book for children.


Cathy and I were amazed at the quality of discussion in the group. The children were very critical and had very strong ideas about which book should win the prize! Although their opinions did not influence the actual outcome of the vote (the winner is chosen by a selected jury) they were very excited to find out if their choice matched that of the judges.


Year 3 and 4 children chose Wild Animals of the North as their top pick and Year 5 children chose The Journey. The actual winner was Tribe of Kids. Year 5 readers were delighted to discover that The Journey won the Amnesty International prize for its very moving depiction of what it was like to be a refugee fleeing war.


Big thanks to Cathy for providing our children with an amazing reading experience. They’ve definitely learned not to judge a book by its cover!


Follow the link to find out more about the Greenaway Awards

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Reading Afternoon

Thank you to all the parents who came to our reading afternoon. It was great to see so many parents, if you did miss the event, don’t worry the information is below.

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Nursery and reception classes use Jolly Phonics as well as the  Letters and Sounds programme.


Key Stage One use Rigby Rockets, Project X and the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme.


Key Stage Two use the Oxford Reading Tree and Tree Tops schemes and well as other support materials. Children in Key Stage 1 can access key Stage 2 reading books and Key Stage 2 children can access Key Stage 1 materials if necessary.

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Year 1&2 were delighted this week when the year 5 library monitors visited them to share a good book! A selection of books were carefully chosen, one for each class, in order for the year 5 pupils to model good reading and inspire the infants.


In year 2 they read books linking to work being completed in class, ‘Horrid Henry’ by Francesca Simon and ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Brown.  The monitors asked thought provoking questions to involve the year 2s.


In year 1 the monitors read, ‘Where’s my teddy’ by Jez Alborough and ‘Elmer’ by David McKee. They brought the books to life by using props and acting out key parts of the story. 


Thank you to our dedicated library monitors for all their hard work and setting such a good example to others!

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