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We love to read!

In Year 1, we read every day. We love to listen to new fiction and we especially enjoy picture books with colourful illustrations and stories which we can all join in with. Here we are in the library exploring some new fiction.

When we have read a story, we often discuss our own opinions about the book. Sometimes we give the books a star rating, or talk about who we think would enjoy the book. Some of our current favourite picture books have been written by very popular authors such as Oliver Jeffers and Julia Donaldson. However, we also enjoy reading books by authors we haven’t discovered before.

Do you have a favourite picture book author? Are there any picture books that you particularly love? Mrs Farman’s all time favourite is Angelo, by David Macaulay. Our current favourite class read is Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett.


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Celebrating World Book Day 2013

Yesterday was World Book Day. To celebrate bedtime reading, the boys and staff at Lovell House all wore their pyjamas for the day!

We were delighted to be visited by Elizabeth Baguley, a Nottinghamshire author who has written lots of fantastic picture books.

Elizabeth ran workshops with each year group, which the boys throughly enjoyed. During our time in the library with Elizabeth, the class were asked to build a rocket out of recycled materials, share interesting words that they might use in their story writing and think of original ways of ending one of Elizabeth’s own books!

All at Lovell had a wonderful day.

Author Elizabeth Baguley working with Year 1 boys.

Author Elizabeth Baguley working with Year 1 boys.

Monster picture books

We have found a whole load of picture books to enjoy during our ‘Monsters & Wild Things’ topic.

Yesterday, we read There’s a Yeti in my shed by Daniel Postgate. Afterwards, we had a Drama lesson in the hall where we imagined what it would be like to find a friendly monster hiding somewhere in our house. We had lots of ideas which we then able to use in our story writing. Here are some examples of our work-

‘When I got into my bed I had a fright. A hairy Yeti!’ Ben

‘I saw a monster! I was shocked. He was hairy and scary. It was like a giant!’ Yusuf

‘I found a Yeti in my washing machine!’ Cholan

We have also been enjoying Love Monster by award winning author and illustrator Rachel Bright. You can find out more about this book, as well as lots of other picture books, on the Booktrust website.http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/books/31994

We might even have a go at drawing our own Love monsters!

Some of the books we have been enjoying in Year 1

Revolting monster soup!

This week we have been working hard in our Literacy lessons to think of our own ingredients for a disgusting monster soup recipe!

We were inspired by reading the picture book ‘There’s a monster who eats books in our house’ by Sally Grindley. The book made us ask the question:
‘What do monsters eat?!’

We have come up with a whole host of revolting ingredients, like rat’s tails and eyeballs! We then showed how fantastic we are at using describing words by thinking of adjectives to add to the name of our ingredients. Here are some examples-

Gooey slugs
Stinky socks
Cheesy feet

Then, we worked with a partner during our Drama lesson to act out preparing our ingredients, cooking our soup and, finally, tasting it…

Just look at our faces!

Library trip

This week the Year 1 boys visited Nottingham Central Library.

The trip was fantastic! Marion, the children’s librarian, had set up a wonderful Peter Pan treasure hunt. The boys searched high and low across four floors for books which were to do with our topic. It was great fun!

We also had chance to listen to some pirate stories and to chose a book to look at in the library’s lovely children’s area. We hope you enjoy looking at our pictures from the day.

Library Trip on PhotoPeach

World Book Day


Yesterday was World Book Day. At Lovell House we were visited by local author, Jonathan Emmett. He read some of his super stories about pigs to Year 1. We loved hearing about a piglet and a princess who changed places! ‘The Pig’s Knickers’ was also one of our favourites.
We asked Mr Emmett lots of questions about his life as an author. Some of the questions we asked are below-

“How did you become an author?”- Jagpal

“What is your favourite character from a story?”- Harrison

“What is your favourite book to read?”- Naveen

We learnt that Mr Emmett loved the book ‘Where the Wild Things are’ and that he liked to take animal characters and make them more human.
It was a brilliant day, and Mr Emmett even signed some books for our school!