We are delighted to announce that on the 24th November 2017, our school kitchen was awarded the food hygiene rating of 5* .
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Books and doors are the same thing. You open them and go through in to another world.

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.

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.

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!

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 booktrust.org 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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