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Books and doors are the same thing. You open them and go through in to another world.


Reading at Sandal Castle

What does reading look like at Sandal Castle?

Kate Greenaway Award - July 2018

Year 5 voted for their favourite book after studying all of the various nominations for the Kate Greenaway Award. The national winner was Town is by the Sea by Sydney Smith but our winner was Thornhill by Pam Smy. We reread the official winner and all agreed that is was a beautiful story.

Reading and Sports Week - June 2018

The Olympic, Paralympic and School Games values provided the underpinning focus of our Sports week celebrations :

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All year groups were asked to plan and produce cross-curricular evidence, based around their chosen PE text, from our well resourced cross-curricular library. Miss Whitehead our PE Leader asked staff to be active and creative in how both children and staff would gather the evidence but she would love to see writing based on the week and your chosen text.

We are looking forward to seeing photographs of the week!

Author visit - June 18

We love the author John Matthews and we love stories about King Arthur. We were so excited that Jessica met him and had her copy signed!

The World Cup and author Tom Palmer - June 2018

Children's author Tom Palmer, who has written lots of books based on sport, is writing a live story about the world cup aimed at KS2 children. He will be releasing a new chapter every weekday, based on what has been happening on the pitch during the matches the previous day. Each chapter will be short, and is designed to be read aloud to children.

The first chapter is available now, and is written to be read tomorrow; 14th June, for the first day of the world cup. Following this, a new chapter will be posted every morning before 7:30am based on the events of the previous day. More info can be found here and chapters can be downloaded from the box on the right of the webpage:

We are looking forward to hearing more each day...

Kate Greenaway Award - May 2018

Year Five have been devouring the book nominations for the Kate Greenaway Award. Working in pairs and then teams, the children have supported each other with shared reading and have been judging the books based on a success criteria devised as a class. The success criteria develops their reading age related expectations and in groups we have reviewed our progress against these. A dark and creepy story called Thornhill is inspiring much discussion and glee at the minute. Will it be our winner?

Using our Cross Curricular Library

In Year 5, we used a book called Gravity to help us to piece together a better understanding of what gravity is and how it effects the world we live in.

In the words of Jessica:

“To be a better scientist, I used this book. As a reader, I used the evidence from the book to form my understanding of what gravity is. There were lots of pictures but not many words so we had to infer and figure out what gravity actually is. I used the pictures to piece together this jigsaw. We talked about our ideas and what we thought was correct and relevant to create the order of the book. When we pieced them together some of them didn’t make sense, so we had to predict and problem solve using evidence to find the right meaning.’

Our Cross Curricular Library

Our fantastic Cross Curricular Library hosts books from all across the curriculum including History, PE, Maths, French, Equality and Diversity, Geography, RE, Computing and Technology. Books have been researched and allow staff and children to deepen learning and understanding across the curriculum through a love of books, texts, illustrations, language, maps and a range of reference and story books, not to mention poster sets! Books are signed out regularly from across school to bring learning to life.

May 2018

So far in our shadowing, our favourite book nominated for the CILIP Carneigie and Kate Greenasway medal is this wonderfully illustrated book about animals. We have been using it as part of our DT and Geography work this week where we have been researching and creating 3D models of the Amazon Rainforest. It has provided much enjoyment and inspiration! Make sure you get a copy- it’s a must read according to our children!

March 2018

Nominations published for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018

Nominations have been published for two of the country's oldest children's book awards for writing and illustration for children. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people; while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people.

121 books have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 116 for the Kate Greenaway medal. In total 237 books have been nominated for 2018. This is 30 more than for the 2017 Medals and 75 more than for the 2016 Medals. Each nominated book is read by every member of the judging panel - twelve children's and youth librarians from CILIP's Youth Libraries Group - who volunteer their time as judges.

From these nominations the judging panel will decide the long and shortlists and finally, the 2018 medal winners, based on the official medals criteria. The long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people of all ages and interests, with world-class literature and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.

A panel of judges from Amnesty will award the Amnesty CILIP Honour to one book from each shortlist that most distinctively illuminates, communicates, or celebrates our personal rights and freedoms.

Here are a selection of the shortlisted books for the Cilip Kate Greenaway Medal. We have purchased the books for each class to read discussing the plot, illustrations etc and vote on a winner. We will the see if our winner is the same as the national winner when the votes come in.

A First Book of Animals, Nicola Davies

King of the Sky, Nicola Davies

Night Shift, Debi Gliori

Under the Same Sky, Britta Teckentrup

Thorn Hill, Pam Smy

The Song From Somewhere Else, A. F Harold

Town is by the Sea, Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith.

World Book Day 1.3.18

The snow did not affect our World Book Day Celebrations!

Foundation Stage

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Year 3

More great costumes in year 3, and a selection of photographs of the children completing their WBD project. We asked children to bring in shoeboxes, then we read an extract from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and looked at the descriptions Roald Dahl used to describe the chocolate room. The children then created their own chocolate room in their shoeboxes based on the descriptions.

Year 4

Year 5

We enjoyed reading some of How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. In Chapter Two, the vikings try to steal dragons from a cave of 3000 dragons but one of them sneezes and they are faced with 3000 dragon eyes staring out at them. We created our own artistic impressions of these dragon eyes.

Year 6

New Books! 14.2.18

We are really excited about the arrival of the new books we have ordered for school because we raised the money to buy them when we organised a book sale at our Christmas Fayre. Our children couldn’t wait to get their hands on these new books and have even helped us label them up so they are ready for everyone to enjoy!

Sandal Castle Primary supports Wakefield Hospice supporting World Book Day

At Wakefield Hospice, to celebrate World Book Day they are giving school children a voucher for a free book from either their Ossett or George Street, Wakefield shops. We are delighted to support the Hospice in this venture!

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Book Club - Spring Term 2018

Children from across KS2 meet on a Monday night to celebrate and share their love of reading. Children create projects inspired by their enjoyment of books and favourite characters and settings. So far, Jorja from Year 6 is working on a Power Point about The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jake, Nathan and Logan are creating their own Harry Potter version of Monopoly, Diana and Ebony are using art materials to create a piece of art work inspired by Michael Morpurgo's The Mozart Question, Ellen and Lucy are dramatising Hetty Feather, Natasha is designing a board game based on The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jess, Timmy and Olivia are writing an illustrated story compiling and mixing three of their favourite stories: Alex Rider, Harry Potter and the Wizard of Once. These photos show them at the beginning of their projects. Watch this space to see their progress!

Reading Buddies

Confident readers across school read daily with younger readers to develop positive reading relationships and book talk amongst peers. During this session, the Reading Buddy listens to the younger child read, reads aloud to the younger child and then asks questions to provoke discussion about the text, often recommending other books. Both the Reading Buddy and the Reader are really enjoying this process and look forward to reading together with enthusiasm

January 2018

20th December 2017

During our Christmas Worship at St Helen's Church our children had the opportunity to read their own poems inspired by A Story like the Wind by Gill Lewis. The poems were an emotional and sensitive response to the refugee crisis. They were performed beautifully in front of an audience and it offered a touching, thought provoking moment to the service!

The Waddington Written Word Library

Thomas has set up his own library, bringing books into school from home. He has organised it himself and recommends books and lends them to children across the Year groups. Suri from 6MF has also donated a set of books and so has Jake. It is proving very popular and the books are the talk of the town! He has called it The Waddington’s Written Word Library!

Meet Our Reading Council!

Members of our Reading Council lead the book sales at our Christmas Fayre.

Class Reading

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. Story time and the daily class read are a much valued part of the daily routine in every year group.

The following art work is inspired by the setting of the Year 5 class read; Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans and Stonehenge is the setting.

In KS2, we have started using the book Snow by Walter de la Mare in English. Our aim is to produce our own free verse poem in his style, make careful choices and using simple but effective language to move the reader. Today, we enjoyed his use of language so much that we practised the different verses in groups and performed it to one another. Here are some photos of our group work.

Reading Event September 2017

On the 13th September, we teamed up with Usborne Books to raise £456 to buy some beautiful new books for the Free Reader section of our school library. Children recommended authors and we researched a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles. We are now eagerly awaiting their arrival in school and we can’t wait to start reading them!

Roald Dahl Day September 2017

Enjoying celebrating Roald Dahl Day!

Our children enjoyed reading Roald Dahl poems and short stories whilst also bringing in favourite books/comics to read during the day. The children were encouraged to discuss Roald Dahl as an author whilst also discussing other favourite authors and make recommendations to their friends.

Book Fair

We hold 2 Scholastic Book Fairs each year. This year, our book fairs coincide with our Parent Consultation evenings. Mrs Ireson coordinates our book fair competitions with winners receiving a choice of books from the Fair. The winners of the October Book Fair competitions are pictured below.

20th November 2017

It’s Children’s Book Week this week!

As a school, we are using this week as an additional opportunity to really promote reading for pleasure. Use to gather lots of ideas to inspire reading.

Children's Book Week Activities

Y6 Children's Book Week Activities

To celebrate Children’s Book Week, children were asked to take ‘book selfies’ of themselves enjoying a good read. Children were creative and had fun taking selfies of their toys and pets reading too- this is another example of how much we all LOVE reading!

Christmas Book Advent

This year we will begin our Sandal Castle Reading Book Advent. 24 books will be wrapped, numbered and opened to read daily in the countdown to Christmas. A lovely way to inspire reading for pleasure!

Every year group across school has set up an exciting Book Advent where a child has the wonderful opportunity of opening a new book each day during December to add to the class library. These books are then shared and enjoyed by everyone and the children and staff are really enjoying this special book experience.

World Book Day 1st March 2018

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 21st year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 1st March 2018, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Sandal Castle Primary will receive packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how we will be getting involved in World Book Day and inspiring a love of books and reading.

The book tokens can then be taken to a local bookseller and use it to pick one of TEN (exclusive, new and completely free) books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club (terms and conditions apply).

The wait is over, the choice of fantastic £1 books for 2018 has been launched! From Paddington Bear to The Bolds, favourite characters brought to you by a dazzling line-up of authors and illustrators. Which one will you be adding to your bookshelf with your £1 book token, courtesy of National Book Tokens?

The full line-up is below and you can find out more about the £1 World Book Day books, and the authors and illustrators here:

  • Oi Goat! by Kes Gray and Jim Field (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Mr Men: My Book About Me By Mr Silly written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, original concept by Roger Hargreaves (Egmont)
  • The Baby Brother From Outer Space! by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)
  • Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories by Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum (HarperCollins)
  • Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain, illustrated by Clair Rossiter (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Terry’s Dumb Dot Story: A Treehouse Tale by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Macmillan)
  • The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog by Clare Balding, illustrated by Tony Ross (Puffin)
  • Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries (Puffin)
  • The Bolds’ Great Adventure by Julian Clary, illustrated by David Roberts (Andersen Press)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers: The Greatest Heroes by Alastair Dougall (DK)


The World Book Day site is also a wonderful resource where you can listen to audio excerpts of your favourite children’s books!

Hugless Douglas and Aliens Love Underpants in the picture books category, favourites for younger readers from Jill Murphy, Jeremy Strong and Roald Dahl, A Monster Calls and How to Train your Dragon in the fiction category, and Malorie Blackman, Cassandra Clare and Holly Smale for teen readers. All read by celebrities such as Joanna Lumley, Martin Clunes, David Walliams, Rik Mayall, and many, many more.


Wondering what to read next? Find lots of great book recommendations for children, organised by age range and popular themes. Simply select the age group and theme to get suggestions for books to read and enjoy with your children. World Book Day have ideas for all ages to support parents/carers in making exciting book choices for their children!


In our quest to inspire our children, families and community to further enjoy books and reading we offer a link to storytime online. This is a resource which offers a wonderful range of famous authors and stars reading children’s books and short stories for children of all ages. Storytime Online makes storytelling possible at any time of the day—a brilliant way to inspire a love of reading and a fun way to help develop language skills.

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