They Didn't Teach Us This in Worm School

JAB South


Today, members of JAB South met to discuss the books that they have been reading this term. Out two books were 'Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure' by Alex T Smith and 'They Didn't Teach Us This in Worm School' by Simone Lia.


Teas and hot chocolates made, packets of biscuits opened, we were ready to settle down to the wonderful business of discussing books. We started with 'Mr Penguin'- which we all loved. It's a great first chapter book, perfect for engaging the reader, and giving them a satisfying, beautiful book to carry round. One colleague said, 'For a Year 2 teacher, it's bang on!'


Funny for both adults and children, it was agreed that 'Mr Penguin' would also make an excellent read aloud. Colin, Mr Penguin's spider sidekick, was a huge hit-so funny!- and everybody loved the illustrations. 

Everyone also felt that it could also be used as a Quality Text, offering lots of opportunities for inspiring writing and developing vocabulary whilst be great fun so we have decided to work on creating this! So well done, Mr Smith- a huge hit! 


'They Didn't Teach this at Worm School' was one of our shortlisted titles in last year's awards. Several of our members have now read this to classes and it has been a great success. Not only is it a very funny story with wonderfully comic illustrations, it also is a lovely story about friendship and coming to understand others. It was felt that this is a read aloud that can be enjoyed with a whole range of classes as different aged children will respond differently.  Great fun! 


We finished the session by choosing our books for our next meeting. 'The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole' by Michelle Cuevas and 'Kick' by Mitch Johnson. We might need tissues...

It was a lovely meeting. The time races past and all too soon we're heading off again! If anyone would like to join us, please email for details about when and where!