Category Archives: Book Week

Drawing our own book front covers


This week our focus text is the story ‘The Lion Who Wanted to Love’ written by Giles Andreae. Mrs Jones read the story to us but kept the front cover a secret. On Tuesday we had to draw our own front covers, thinking about the story and characters.

This is our front cover must have list:
· Colourful
· Include the title
· Include the author
· Use a character from the story
· Use a setting from the story

We have some fantastic artists in our class. I’m sure you will agree that our front covers are fantastic and really make the book look inviting.

World Book Week

This week we have been taking part in lots of activities linked to books and reading. On Monday, Miss Williams came in to read her favourite book ‘Eat Your Peas’. We enjoyed listening to the story and thought it was very funny. Luckily we are very good at eating our vegetables so we do not need to deals with our parents.

Miss WIlliams' favourite book
Miss WIlliams’ favourite book

Today we shared our favourite classroom books with Year 2. We had a lovely time sharing books together and reading our stories. It was lovely to see you all reading with great enthusiasm!

Throughout the week we have been practising our poem ‘The owl and the pussycat’ ready for our performance in assembly on Friday afternoon. If you would like to practise with your child, Mrs Jones has provided the words below.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Have a look at our book!

Year 1 can now proudly present our pages from the Build a Book project we took part in on Tuesday. Rob Bowden has typed out our work and used some of our own illustrations to bring our pages to life. We looked at our pages today and we were all very proud of ourselves and amazed that our work could look so professional!

We have seen Reception and Year 2’s book pages but we are excited to see the whole book once it is complete.

Are you impressed with our research?


Building a Book

Today we were very lucky to continue our Book Week adventures by working with a real author. Wow!

Rob Bowden has written dozens of non-fiction books for children and we were very lucky to have him in school to help us create some pages of our own non-fiction text. Our pages were about dinosaurs, because that is our topic.

In the morning Rob took an assembly for the whole school and explained to us all the different people who are involved in making a book- there were 12 different jobs! After that we worked in ‘discovery groups’ in the classroom to investigate different things about dinosaurs. We used iPads, non-fiction books, our own knowledge, videos, songs and the knowledge of others to help us find the answers to these questions…

  • How big were the dinosaurs?
  • How much did a dinosaur weigh?
  • What did dinosaurs eat?
  • How can we find out more about dinosaurs?
  • What did dinosaurs look like?

We also took some photographs and typed up some interesting ‘Did You Know…?’ facts that we had learned. Did YOU know that a diplodocus could live to over 100 years old??

In the afternoon, Rob took all the information we had discovered and talked to us about how we wanted it to look on the page, so we would get a chance to help with the design. We chose to have a browny green background (because we thought it was the same colour as dinosaur skin) and have dinosaur eggs with page numbers in them.
After we had designed it as a class, Rob typed up and arranged out pictures and information on the page.


Here are some pictures of us working with Rob and doing our research (including measuring out how long a T-Rex was!).