Mendip Green Primary

Celebrating Read Aloud Day 2019!


Today was full of excitement as snow had fallen overnight and we all woke to a white, wintry world! Once we had all thawed out a bit, we gathered together in the hall to celebrate Read Aloud Day. Members of staff had selected favourite stories which they were then going to share with the children.

We started with ‘The Boneyard Rap’ by Wes Magee which the children had learned part of on National Poetry Day. Being a massive ‘Oi’ books fan, Mr O then burst into a lively reading of ‘Oi Duck Billed Platypus!’, doing a very wonderful range of voices.


The stories followed thick and fast, old and new, extracts and complete- Kipling’s ‘The Elephant’s Child’, one of Shaun Tan’s ‘Tales from Outer Suburbia’, the fable of the sun and the wind, ‘Robo-Snot’ by the lovely Amy Sparkes who visited us last year and illustrated by Paul Cherrill… We even had a section of ‘Momo’ by Michael Ende in German as well as English!


Sadly, we ran out of time and are planning another session to hear more as KS 1 were desperately keen to come in for their story sharing session! A wonderful way to bring the whole school together!

Many classes shared more stories as the day continued, taking the opportunity to enjoy some calm moments between the snowball fights and snowman building competitions.

Huge thanks to everyone who took part! It’s wonderful to be part of such a book loving team!

North Somerset Teachers' Book Award 2017, part 1.


Yesterday was the third North Somerset Teachers' Book Awards. After months of planning and worrying,  everyone came together and we had a wonderful afternoon! This year, Mendip Green Primary School hosted the event- thank you to James Oakley, the head, for allowing us to use the school.


Friends old and new gathered to celebrate the fantastic books on our short list. Each and every one of these books is a real treasure, highly recommended by us all, great for using in school or enjoying at home.


With all the cakes laid out and the kettles on (minor urn incident nearly caused panic, but the team rose to the challenge brilliantly!), everyone started to arrive. Will and Jess, my nephew and niece, did a wonderful job of labelling everyone, guests arriving by train were collected (thanks Gav and Chris) and soon the hall was full of happy chatting and laughter.


Once everyone had been welcomed and were settled, the awards started...and it was cake time! Thank you so much to every one who brought cakes for us to share- so many yummy treats on offer! Over-indulgence was the order of the day!


During this time, we all had the perfect opportunity to mingle and get our books signed. Our little shop was very busy- huge thanks to Bev, who was rushed off her feet with sales. We couldn't have arranged this without the support of Rohan at Waterstones in Weston, who patiently dealt with last minute requests and changes without batting an eyelid! 


It was wonderful to see everyone chatting, sharing and enjoying each other's company. Sally worked tirelessly at this time, selling raffle tickets. With her top hat full of tickets, she was hard to say no to! 


And before we knew it, time had flown! Raffle winners claimed their prizes and the awards began...