On World Book Day we ran a design a door competition around the theme of our favourite books. Form 3L won the competition and as their prize were able to choose £100 worth of new books for the school Libraries.
The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually to a book of outstanding artistic quality, published over the last year. This term the Reading Group are shadowing the award. Every Thursday afternoon they will be reading one of the eight books shortlisted for the award and writing reviews which will be posted on Pinewood’s shadowing website. To follow their progress, you can log on to:
Congratulations to Grace, who has been presented with her Bronze Award for the Gold Programme. To achieve this, Grace had to choose and complete three challenges from the Gold Programme challenge list. Grace’s first challenge was to redesign the cover of two different fiction books of her choice. She researched existing published covers and then planned her own design for new front covers. She also had to write a synopsis of the story for each of her chosen books. For her second challenge, Grace completed a fantastic holiday diary over the Summer holidays. For her final challenge, she produced ten well designed bookmarks on different countries, with facts, information and pictures to give an overview of each country.
Congratulations to Gracie Neilson who is the first to gain her Bronze Award for the Gold Programme. Gracie completed three challenges. The first challenge was to design an ‘eco house’ which she picked because of her interest in nature and in caring for the environment. She chose to design ten bookmarks on different countries of the world for her second challenge. Finally she completed a fantastic holiday diary of her summer holidays to get her Bronze Award. Gracie is now starting work towards her Silver.
The Gold Programme forms part of the Pinewood enrichment programme and its aim is to encourage children to explore new areas outside the normal curriculum, to develop intellectual curiosity and to cultivate skills for independent learning. As a voluntary programme, children can choose from 40 challenges all linked to a broad area of the curriculum. It is expected the majority of the work will be undertaken in children’s own time but progress in school will be monitored with regular meetings. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will be given at the completion of each level in the challenge. We hope this programme, for children from Years 5, 6 and 7, will be enjoyable and stimulating, giving them the satisfaction of thinking and learning for themselves and resulting in a record of their work and achievements.