Years 4 and 5 met Guy Jones, author of 'Ice garden' and his new title 'The Fire Maker'. In an entertaining assembly Guy told us how he created his characters and stories, and invited us to join him to invent a new story. He used a clever technique to construct our narrative. Everyone got carried away with suggestions, and we were so engaged that Sue decided to have a creative writing competition based on those ideas. So, get those entries rolling in! The first prize will be a signed copy of 'The Fire Maker'. Entry forms available from class teachers, or the library.
This was a real year of celebration for us at Blue Gate Fields Juniors as we had not one, not two, but three winners in the Tower Hamlets Creative Writing Competition! Our librarian, Sue was so proud of the great work done by the winning pupils. In fact, when introducing the competition winners, Jacob of the organisers (TH Schools Library Service) read out a part of the 'Little Red Riding Hood' story, written by our Year 3 short story winner. We had joint first prize winners for the Short Story element, and a second prize winner in the Poetry section. All the works will be available later in the year, in a book. So, we will have some real published authors of our own!
The presentation ceremony was on the 30th floor of the Clifford Chance building, Canary Wharf. Such dizzying views! It was an evening of mounting anticipation, as the results were called out in reverse order. We were on the edge of our seats, until we found out the marvellous results! The certificates and prizes were awarded by the prize-winning poet, Joseph Coelho. We were lucky to have Joe launching our Poetry Week a few years ago, so he knew our school well. The following day our three winners attended a workshop with him, and wrote a group poem with some children from Cubitt Town school (see below). Please look on our Poetry blog for the prize- winning poem.
Check in the library in the Autumn term for the THCW publication, and read the great short stories and poems.
Clothes are jewels
Swishing and rustling.
Ants in my pants!
Shoes make me feel like I’m walking on air.
Floating, floating, floating in Space.
Shiny, shiny, shiny shoes,
Tongues flapping as they dance
As if they’re on Strictly Come Dancing.
A poem created at the Tower Hamlets Creative Writing workshop, with Joseph Coelho, using his MORERAPS method.
Children from Year 6 are making regular visits to Reception classes at Blue Gate Fields Infants School, to share their love of reading. On Tuesday mornings our Year 6 Reading Volunteers take some Picture Books from the library to share and enjoy with a very appreciative audience. This initiative grew out of a conversation that one of the Reading Volunteers had with Shaju, a librarian from Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service, when he took part in the BGFJ Aspiration Day. Year 6 were inspired to share the joy of reading!
Year 12 and Salma joined Sue in the library for Afternoon Tea, as part of their prize for winning the World Book Day 2019 Classroom Display Competition. A lot of cake was eaten!
The theme of this year's Science competition was Climate Change. Entrants were asked to find out about it, and to suggest ways that we could do something to help prevent it. They also had to illustrate their work.
The overall winner was Safwan in Year 3, who won a set of 10 Dorling Kindersley Animal Sticker books.
The Runners-Up were: Arham (Year 4), Zarin (Year 5) and Rehanul (Year 6).
Well done to all of them for some really good research!
See their winning entries below!
On Friday 15 March 2019, inspirational children’s author and speaker Jamia Wilson will be visiting Blue Gate Fields Junior School to give a talk to Years 4, 5, and 6.
Jamia Wilson is the best-selling author of 'Young, Gifted and Black', and regularly speaks for audiences across the United States--and beyond. It is sure to be an exciting and empowering event for all our students!
Jamia’s latest book 'Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How to Live Your Best Life' will be available to buy on the day for £13.50 (usual price £14.99), and Jamia will be signing copies.
As usual we celebrated World Book Day in great style, with a whole week of events: see the School blog for pictures!
Monday: Teacher Assembly, bringing books to life!
Wednesday: Book-themed craft activities
Thursday: a.m. The Grand Book Character Parade
p.m. Class 12 at the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service World Book Day event with Michael Rosen!
Friday: Pop-Up Bookshop in the library, brought to us by Brick Lane Book Shop
Blue Gate Fields' librarian Sue as Princess Sue from 'The Worst Princess' written by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.
What a great week it's been so far:
A marvellous launch assembly on Monday, with Ann doing a star turn retelling the story of 'The Tiger Skin Rug', written and illustrated by Gerald Rose (Look out for it in the library).
A visit from The Museum of London, bringing to life tales from the East End.
A visit from our favourite storyteller, the brilliant Pat Ryan, who is a regular visitor, and a famous name at Blue Gate Fields!
Many of the stories that Pat told can be found in written form in the library. So, if you'd like to follow up on 'The King of the Birds', tales from Ancient Egypt and Rome, myths and legends about the sea, or the Tales of Nasruddin, come to the library!