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New look library

October 1, 2015 | General News  |  Leave a Comment

Well what a busy summer myself and some colleagues had changing our library into an enchanted forest, complete with waterfall and fairies. The look on the children’s faces has been magical and some children in orange base were so excited with the fairy doors that they were struggling to get the words out correctly. This was what my vision for the library was; to creat a magical reading area to help develop reading for pleasure and imagination. I hope you like it.


The best library in the whole wide world 

My favourite thing at Knowsley was the African display! I love touching the sculls of different African animals. The bird of prey display was magnificent! One of the bird’s wings swiped across my face. I love birds of all sorts especially birds’ of pray! But most of all I loved the peacocks’ running around wild!! I also enjoyed the safari because I love seeing the creatures run around free; not be in cages.

Nyasha Indigo 3

8th of May i went to Safari Park with my teachers and my class.I’ve a wonderful day,I saw some sea lions show and birds of prey.When i was watching the birds of prey i feel scared and Miss Daly gave me warm hug then i feel better. And the man was speaking,he was telling us the names of the birds.I saw some animals A Elephant, A Baboon, A Deer, Lions, Donkey.At 12 o clock it was lunch time, we all sat down on benchs.I bought a tiger pen from the gift shop.And my pocket Money was £5 and i spend £1:25 and rest £3:75 i saved in my bag.
i had a great time in the Safari Park and I want to go again and again …….

The trip to Knowsley was a competition for us Bankside children to win. We had loads of fun there. We saw outstanding, beautiful animals such as baboons, lions, tigers, giraffes, cockroaches, snails and meerkats. We also saw a sea lion show. The sea lions were doing funny but fantastic things. They were doing things that humans do. I was speechless. When one of the sea lions kissed the owner of the sea lions we were laughing. At the end of the sea lion show we saw the birds of prey. They were mostly really rare birds to find. Most of the birds were from America. At the end we were tired out and we went back home.

Ibrahim Ahmed
Green 3

On Friday 42 children from KS2, along with several adults, went on a trip to Knowsley Safari Park. It was an early start with a lot of very excited children (I won’t mention that some adults were more excited). The day was very busy with lots to do. We had an African workshop which told us about lots of different animals found in Africa and the children got to touch Giant African land snails, a millipede and even Madagascan hissing COCKROACHES!
We visited the zoo area where we saw elephants, meercats, giraffes and much more before we went to see the sealion show, which was the favourite of all. After that we went to see a bird of prey display with some low flying vultures, I’m surprised we have all still got our hair!
As the heavens opened we scurried on to the warm, safety of the coach to begin the next part of our adventure around the safari park. We came eye to eye with Baboons, Lions, Buffalo, Deer, Tiger and Rhino to name but a few.
The day ended with a long journey home in the rain but this did not dampen the high spirits of the children from an amazing day.

What busy half term this has been for the library. We have had numerous competitions going on within school including one that is currently still running….
Mr Akhtar in year 6 has entered the school into a competition for David Walliams to visit the school one day over World Book week, fingers crossed we win!!
Upcoming events:-
Monday 2/3/15 WW1 production for Blue Base
Tuesday 3/3/15 Nursery storytime visits to Waterstones
Wednesday 4/3/15 Christina Gabbitas (Author) visiting
Thursday 5/3/15 Christina Gabbitas (Author) visiting

Some exciting trips up for grabs for both key stages…. Watch this space for further information

The Railway Children

November 17, 2014 | General News  |  Leave a Comment

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What an amazing evening was had by all!
The play was fantastic and so were our children (and staff). All the children were literally sat on the edge of their seats, mesmorised.
The bubble of excitement whilst waiting for the play to begin was cut short when the lights went down, everybody just stopped and you could hear a pin drop!
The children were a credit to Bankside and this was seconded by a member of the public who tapped me on the shoulder and said “What lovely children, they have been fantastic, wonderful behaviour”.

Autumn Term

October 20, 2014 | General News  |  Leave a Comment

WOW! What a year we have had. The library has had a massive makeover to make room for more reading resources, which have been extremely well received by both the children and staff. I am finding more and more children are borrowing books and learning to enjoy reading for pleasure. With the introduction of the library policy I am also finding that children are becoming more respectful of our books, in terms of both returning and looking after them. I would like to thank all parents/guardians for your support and encouragement in the importance of books and reading.
Please can I also thank you for all your efforts in helping your children to dress up for World Book Day. This was a fun and interesting day with lots of characters and also Emma Barnes, a childrens author, who came and spoke to the children about reading and writing and hopefully gave inspiration to those budding authors out there.
I have lots more planned for this coming year :-
A book review competition for children to win a ticket to the theatre. The closing date for entries is 24th October 2014.
Pantomime performences “HE’S BEHIND YOU!”
The Leeds Book Awards – Mini book club, if your child may be interested in this ask them to come and seek me out for more information.
Author visit to incorporate with World Book Day 2015. Get your thinking caps on ready for dressing up.
I will keep you all posted and upload photos and names of all the winners for the book review competition and inform you of any other news that may arise.
Thank you for reading and keep your eyes peeled !!!
Sam Coolican

Book Blogs

June 29, 2012 | General News  |  Leave a Comment


There are lots of books in the world and sometimes it is hard to know which ones are good to read.

Thankfully, the library has added a new link that has the top 100 blogs for children so you can find lots of other people trying to share their reading experiences and find new ones.

Why not check them out? Who knows, you may meet a new author or have a new book.

Here are some of my faves


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