Murphy our Reading Dog's Blog 8 July
Funny, no-one was wearing school uniform today. Hmmmmm, maybe they all forgot. I hardly recognised anybody in their normal clothes!
I was with Year 4 today, and first of all, I heard about Hetty Feather saving Ezra from drowning in Emerald Star. Ezra wasn't very impressed though. I also heard one of the longest words I've ever heard in a book - distinguishable!
Then I heard The Anti-Bully Machine where a big kid from the secondary school steals a little kid's school bag. You'll have to read it to find out what happens!
Next up was Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy and I heard all about what Horrid Henry packed into his lunchbox. I know what I'd pack into my Murphy munchbox - a big, juicy bone, cheesy chunks, tasty tuna and a crunchy apple for pudding! Yum!
Have a great summer, and keep reading. See you in September!
Zany Zebra Design Winner
Today we announced our Zany Zebra design winner. The winning girl in year 3 designed her zebra with a series of patchwork squares. This appealed to us as we can have lots of unique and imaginative different aspects to our zebra that have been inspired by Jamie's design. This of course will then form part of the Southampton zebra trail in 2016. How exciting!
Well done not only to our winner but to all the children that took part in the competition.
Puppet Club Assembly
Today our Puppet Club children performed to the whole school with the help and support of Rosemary Lethbridge, one of our school governors. The theme of the assembly was about respect and tolerance for the ideas and beliefs of others. This is very important to our school ethos and forms part of everyday life at Calmore Junior School.
Murphy the Reading Dog's Blog 1 July 2015
So today I was with Year 5, except they weren't really Year 5, they were Year 4 nearly Year 5! I got a bit confused, but they seemed to know what they were doing.
First of all, I heard Is Anybody There? which was about three best friends who were about to break up, but I didn't get to find out what happened, because that was the plot for rest of the book and we didn't have enough time to hear it all! Shame! Maybe next time.
Then I heard an exciting story about Ferno the Fire Dragon where Elenna and Tom got to fight the dragon, and a story called Lily Alone where Lily looks after her little brothers and sisters while their Mum goes out to the pub. I wonder what happened while Mum was away?
Sharks were next, and I found out lots of interesting facts, like there are luminous sharks which glow in the dark. I'd love that - then I could surprise my friends! I could glow orange or green!
Lastly I heard The Flower Power Collection, which is really three books in one. I heard the bit about where Mum threw a frying pan at Dad! I hope he ducked!
Murphy the Reading Dog's Blog 11 June
Today was so warm and sunny, we sat outside under a tree to hear the reading. Yippee!
First, I was excited by all the outdoorsy smells, but then I settled down to hear about Ollie and his family meeting the Queen in Spy Dogs. He had to be very careful shaking hands - but you'll have to read it to find out why!
Then I heard about the banqueting hall in Raksha the Mirror Demon in Beast Quest - mmmmm, food!
After that, I heard three girls read from Girl Online, including the bit where Penny visited a gallery with pictures of the sea and Noah asked her how they made her feel. They'd make me feel like I wanted to swim with the fish. i love water so much.
While the other children were racing up and down testing their heart rates, I heard about Laika in Rocket Riders. She was the first dog to go into space, and her heart rate TREBLED. I wonder if anyone's heart rate did that today?
Keep reading. I'm on holiday for 2 weeks, so see you when I'm back.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Mrs Rietzler, our very dear friend, colleague and dedicated Year 6 teaching assistant passed away on Monday 8th June. She had been unwell for some time now and despite her determination to return to work and most recently see everyone at Tile Barn, she has not been able to. Our thoughts are with her family and in particular her daughters Hannah and Jenny at this time.
Throughout her six years with us, she has lived and breathed Calmore. At the heart of everything she did were the children and she loved working alongside each and every pupil. No job was too big or too small – ask her a spelling or had a question related to grammar and she was on it like a shot (although she often drew a line at putting up displays, “I know my limits!” she would remind us!)
Since being unable to work, she has forever been in touch with staff, asking after the children and posting messages on the school blog wishing them luck for SATs:
‘Well done on finishing those pesky SATs, I hear you have been making all your teachers proud and making Miss Ingram cry! I miss you all so much and I really wish I could have been there with you but I know you will have been amazing without any extra help. Have lots of fun now, roll on year 6 production!!
Mrs R x’
Every member of staff and pupils who were fortunate enough to have worked with Mrs Rietzler will miss her very much but will forever be grateful for having spent time with such a positive and inspirational lady. We really will miss her.
Murphy the Reading Dog's Blog 4 June
I heard two groups today - Year 4 and then Year 3, so I settled down and started to listen to Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, where there was a fight with a knight going on.
Then I heard about Rupert the dog and what happened to his collar and lead in The Invisible Dog (I love the dog stories!). After that, I heard one of those great Choose Your Own Magic books called Kate and The Missing Kitten, where you're in charge of what happens next. In this story, Shimmer the kitten disappeared!
From Year 3, I heard Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Rides Again, and I learned all about different car badges like on a Rolls Royce there's a flying lady and on the Jaguar, there's a jaguar of course. I could have my picture on a Ford, because that's my name - I'm Murphy, Murphy Ford! Or maybe bones, or biscuits, or cheese ... I like all of those!