Socks, Shocks and Secrets Book Review

Socks, Shocks and Secrets is a children’s novel written by Leila Rasheed. It is the second book in the series: The Fantastic Diary of  Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. My pupils this year, especially the girls, absolutely loved reading her books.

Below is a book review from one of my pupils, Katerina, age 11. 

Who were the characters and what did you think of them?

Bathsheba, mum, dad, Bathsheba’s friends. I loved the characters, they surprised me what they did.

What was the story about? 

Bathsheba is a child of divorces parents. She does not know her father but when her mum has to leave, Bathsheba has to go and live with her father. After a long time they reside together and get to know each other better. 

Did you learn something form this book and would you recommend it to others? 

I recommend this book to you because it will teach you that there are different ways to see matters. I give it five stars! 

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is J.K. Rowling’ debut novel, the first novel in the Harry Potter series,  first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published a year later in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Scholastic Corporation. 

The novel won most of the British book awards that were judged by children and other awards in the US. It has been translated into at least sixty-seven other languages and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name, as have all six of its sequels.

Read this book review by Paris, aged 11, to get a feel of this timeless, classic novel.

Characters:

Harry Potter, who is a brave, new wizard. Mr and Mrs Venom, who give anything to their son and never punish him. Dudley, son of Mr and Mrs Venom, Ronald Weasley, Harry Potter’s best friend, who has smart thinking. Dumbledore, Heasdmaster and guardian of Hogwarts.

Plot:

Harry Potter lives with horrible people when he gets mail and realizes he’s a wizard. Harry goes to a magical school called ‘Hogwarts’, which has an entrance invisible to muggles (meaning humans). Dumbledore is protecting a stone at the school, which will make you immortal. There are soul sharing bodies trying to get to the stone. Harry fights one-on-one with just his body. His mother, before dying, gave him a hug which makes the soul in a body suffer from pain, if he just touches Harry. He defended the stone using every power of his, but unfortunately the stone broke.

Opinion:

I love the book because I really like hearing about magic and the sport Quidditch. It is an absolutely amazing adventure book and deserves to be popular.

Recommendation:

I think this book should be read by everyone: adults and children. Not just this book…all of the series! Amazing books!

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Wonder Book Review

Wonder is a children’s novel  about bullying, acceptance and appearance. It is written by Raquel Jaramillo, under the pen name of R. J. Palacio and published in 2012.

Read this book review by Thanasis (aged 11)

Plot:

Wonder is about a fifth grader named August, who was born with a rare facial deformity. After being homeschooled, his parents decide to send him to a school called ‘Beecher Prep’. Though he struggled at first to show his classmates that he is an ordinary kid, he eventually succeeds in proving that there was more to him than meets the eye.

What did you think of the book? 

I liked the book. A scary part is when Aggie is verbally and physically assaulted because of his appearance, one night in the woods, by some seventh graders looking for trouble. I learned that no matter how people look, we’re all the same.

Do you recommend this book? 

I think everyone should read this book, even adults because it teaches a good lesson about acceptance. I give it five stars.

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Mr Stink Book Review

David Walliams is known as the new Roald Dahl and we couldn’t agree more! Such a hilarious, twisted and highly recommended novel for children. Written by David Walliams, published in 2009 and illustrated by Quentin Blake; this is an unforgettable read! 

Click on the image to visit The World of David Walliams and hear a snippet.

Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…

Who were the characters and what did you think of them?

The characters were: Mr Stink, Chloe, Elizabeth (the cat), Mother, Annabelle and Rosamund. All the characters were great apart from Rosamund because she was like a bully. Mr Stink made me feel nervous and Chloe just made me feel sad but then happy.

What happens and is it fun to read? 

First, Mr. Stink was homeless. Chloe felt bad for him so she took him to her house and then she slept in the shed in the garden, but the cat didn’t like him. Before Chloe found Mr Stink she was lonely and was bullied. After a week the Mother found out that he was living there and wanted him out of the house. The reason she found out that he was there was because she could smell something really bad.

What did you think of the book? 

I liked the book, my favourite part was when she let Mr Stink in the house, since it was a very nice thing to do. The funny part was when Chloe took Mr Stink into a cafe and then once he was in everyone ran out because he stank so much, so they just got free food.

Did you learn anything? 

I learnt that if there is a homeless person you should do something nice like get them something.

Do you recommend this book and how would you rate it? 

Yes, I recommend the book because it is very exciting and nerve-racking. My star rating for this book is 5 stars.

by Louis (aged 11)

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Simplifying Fractions Card Game

GUEST POST!

Looking for fun ways to revise those tricky mathematics skills, in a fun way? Unsure about simplifying fractions and need some practice, but don’t know where to start? Well, this is the post for you! Read this great idea from Education.com, be sure to leave a comment if you had fun playing it! ❤

Learning how to write fractions in their simplest form is essential for math class and real-world scenarios. Give kids the practice they need to master this skill, which is a building block for the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions.

‘SIMPLIFYING FRACTIONS’

is the name of this fast-paced race game!

Are you ready to play? 

What You Need:
  • Playing cards (without face cards)
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Players (an even number)
What You Do:
  1. Draw a line through the center of a piece of paper, cutting it in half horizontally. This will act as a fraction bar, separating the numerator and the denominator during the game. Create one of these for every two players.
  2. Have each pair of players face each other.
  3. Shuffle and deal out the cards evenly between the players. Each person should place their cards in front of them, face down.
  4. Begin the game by having every player turn a card from their stacks face up simultaneously, and place it on the paper in front of them. The cards should be placed above the fraction bar, to represent the numerator.
  5. Players should then repeat the process with a second card, placing it below the fraction bar to represent the denominator.
  6. For every two players, there should be two cards above and two cards below the fraction bar, for a total of four cards.
  7. The first person to successfully simplify the fraction shown in front of them wins all of the cards. If both players simplify the fraction at the same time, they split the cards.
  8. If the fraction can’t be simplified, have each player take the cards that the other player laid down and put them at the bottom of his deck.
  9. When one player has collected all of the cards, the game is over and they’ve won!
When the time* is up, the player with the most cards is the winner!

*To shorten game length, you can set a time limit on the game.

Education.com aims to empower parents, teachers, and homeschoolers to help their children build essential skills and excel. With over 12 million members, Education.com provides educators of all kinds with high-quality learning resources, including worksheets, lesson plans, digital games, an online guided learning platform, and more.

Check it out!

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The book follows the young wizard, Harry Potter, in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

When the night bus dashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front if him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for Harry Potter. Sirius Black has escaped, mass-murdered and follower of Lord Voldermort. He is on the run and they say that he is after Harry.

The characters in the story made me feel like I wanted to go on an adventure. I really liked all the characters at intense moments.

 

by Andrew L (age 11)

More Harry Potter reviews HERE.

Top 5 Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

So with Mother’s Day coming up, let’s not miss an opportunity to do some arts and crafts at school! Mums will love to be remembered and shown how much they are loved with a lovely handmade gift. I’ve made a list of my top 5 picks from the internet, choose your favourite one and give it a go!

ONE:
Give your mum a heart-shaped Mother’s Day paper craft  via
Paper Chase your mum will love these pretty handmade works of art! 


TWO:
Tell your mum how much you love her with this cute puzzle craft made up of old puzzle pieces you may have via Misadventures of ya librarian.

 

THREE:
Why not make her these cute paper roll craft flowers? So easy to do via
Craft Ideas.

 

FOUR:
Try out this wonderful DIY pop up card for your mum via Red Ted Art. Follow their youtube channel for some great arts and crafts videos.

FIVE:
Try out this simple and cute flower bouquet for your mum! 

Which one is your favourite? 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double down, Book 11

The eleventh book in the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney was published on the 1st November 2016.

The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games, but his parents want him to broaden his horizons by doing something—anything! He comes up with the idea of making a scary movie and become rich in the process. Is this a double good idea or one to cause his double trouble?

The characters are Greg, Manny, Rodrick, Mom, the pig and Dad. I loved them all except the pig who stole Gregory’ s candy. They made me feel proud and happy. There is a little bit of a mix in the story, like it is many small stories in one big one.

I loved reading it, so I’ve read it twice! 

My favourite part in the book was when Greg gets a piece of LEGO stuck on his elbow, so Maddox accuses him of stealing it. There was one scary bit where Rodrick bought a toy witch, for Halloween and when someone make a noise it would start laughing. It went off all the time, which really annoyed Dad, so he took the batteries out. It still went off.

I recommend this book since it is the newest in the series and is fun to read.

If you are a fan of the Wimpy Kid series, check out Jeff Kinney’s site for more! 

Search the blog for more book Wimpy kid reviews.

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Revise Year 6 Mathematics Concepts

We’ll be revising the following topics in a super fun way! Click on the images to play the games!

  • Mean, mode, median, range.
  • Data Handling
  • Probability
  • Angles
  • Transformations

First up, MODE,MEAN, MEDIAN, RANGE!

Join the BAMZOOKi Zooks from CBBC and Bitesize to play a Maths median, mean, and range game.

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Ready for a quiz?

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How do you feel about DATA HANDLING?

Help Dick and Dom save Bottom World!

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Join the Zooks to revise PROBABILITY, decimals, fractions and percentages.

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The Mission 2110 Roboidz from CBBC join Bitesize to play a Maths ANGLES game!

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Ready for TRANSFORMATIONS?

REMINDER: There are different kinds of transformation. Rotation is when the shape is turned around a point. Reflection is when a shape is reflected in a mirror line. Translation is when a shape is moved a certain distance from its original position.

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Leave a comment below to tell me if you enjoyed these games. Did they help you revise?

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

 

Ideas for dressing up as a book character

Time is ticking…have you found your costume? Here are some fun ideas from Pinterest that you might want to adopt and adapt. Whether it be Carnival, Book Week or Halloween, being someone or something you are not, is so much fun for a day! 

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Here is my pick of top 10 best costumes for book characters. I have chosen simple ones that can be made from your own clothes with a bit of creativity. Homemade ones are my favourite! 

10. From the book ‘If you Give a Mouse a Cookie’ by Laura Joffe Numeroff.

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9. From ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Jeff Kinney.

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8. From ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. 

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7. From ‘Popcorn!’ by Elaine Landau.

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6. From ‘Harry Potter’ by J.K.Rowling. 

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5. From ‘Where’s Wally?’ by Martin Handford.

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4. From ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl. 

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3. From ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ by Dodie Smith. 

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2. From ‘Olivia the Pig’ by Ian Falconer. 

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  1. From ‘Fly Guy’ by Tedd Arnold. fly-guy

Which one is your favourite? 

Click here for my costume reveal! 

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni