Year 4

Blue Peter Book Awards 2020: Best Book with Facts

The short list is in for the Blue Peter best factual book awards 2020. Have a look, you might find a wonderful journey into a new book !

Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories

Author: Amanda Li Illustrator: Amy Blackwell designed by Kim Hankinson and Jack Clucas

This is a fantastic and inspiring book, sharing the stories of normal kids from across the world and their amazing achievements. After the biographical information, there are interesting suggestions for activities based on that child’s message or passion.

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How To Be An Astronaut and Other Space Jobs

Author: Dr Sheila Kanani & Sol Linero

Lots of children think they might like to be an astronaut, but what other jobs could one do and still be involved in space exploration and study? Complete with a press-out model rocket to build and pages of stickers to play with, this is an original and inspiring read.

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Fanatical About Frogs

Author: Owen Davey

The fifth in Owen Davey’s wonderful non-fiction series about animals adds frogs to the ranks of clear, fascinating reads, accompanied by truly amazing graphic illustration and just the right level of information to inspire all primary school kids.

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Blue Peter Book Awards 2020: Best Story

The short list is in for the Blue Peter best book awards 2020. Have a look, you might find a wonderful journey into a new book !

Wildspark

Author: Vashti Hardy

In a world where the spirits of dead people can be harnessed and given new life in mechanical animals, Prue takes on her late brother’s apprenticeship in an effort to bring him back. A riotously enjoyable tale mixing fantasy, school stories, science fiction and big questions about life and death.

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Vote for Effie

Author: Laura Wood

Laura Wood brings us a contemporary book for fierce pre-teens who want to make the world a better place. Effie’s aims to make her new school a more inclusive space will encourage everyone to fulfil their potential.

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Owen and the Soldier

Author: Lisa Thompson Illustrator: Mike Lowery

A beautiful tale of a courageous young man who overcomes his fears when he finds an unlikely companion in a park statue. Complex ideas of young carers, social anxiety and remembrance are sensitively weaved into a light and accessible story.

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Amazing two player games in Computing Club

Amazing two player games in Computing Club

As it was the last Computing Club session, the children were asked what they would like to do. They decided to make a two player game so they could challenge each other. Using the Kodu software, the children built their own game platform making sure it was big enough for two players. After this, they added their game characters and other objects into their platform. Using the ‘when’ and ‘do’ statements ( which the children discovered were simply ‘if’ and ‘then’ statements) they coded one of their charatcers to move using the arrow and one to move using the WASD keys. Then, the real fun began. We got the MakeyMakey out and using a block of wood and some play dough we made a game pad for one of the players to use. The children had great fun making the game pad and using this to play against each other.

 

 

 

Best Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2020 Results

If you voted for your favourite book here are the results . . . .

BEST LAUGH OUT LOUD BOOK FOR 9–13-YEAR-OLDS

I Bet I Can Make You Laugh

by Joshua Seigal and Tim Wesson

BEST LAUGH OUT LOUD BOOK FOR 6–8-YEAR-OLDS

The World’s Worst Children 3

by David Walliams and Tony Ross

BEST LAUGH OUT LOUD PICTURE BOOK

Ten Fat Sausages

by Michelle Robinson and Tor Freeman