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Reading news and events...

World Book Day 2023 takes place on Thursday 2nd March. This year children will be enjoying a whole school text called Island, by Mark Janssen. 


"A father, a daughter and their dog are shipwrecked.

They wash up on a small island. But unknown to them,

the island is not what it seems to be.

Island protects the three castaways against wind

and cold, against waves and dangers. It also leads

them through wondrous worlds, with sounds they

never heard before, scents that boggle their mind 

and colours they never imagine existed...Until the

day they are saved - when it turns out that Island

has not gone unnoticed." 


Previous Reading Events at Leigh St Mary's: 

Sweet Little Stories at Sweet Little Things tearoom was an amazing KS2 Return to Read event. Thank you to our readers and families who supported these events - books and cake was a fantastic combo! KS1 your events will be soon...

14.3.19 and 21.3.19 Our latest Return to Read event is for KS2: Sweet Little Stories at Sweet Little Things tearoom. This has proved so popular we have two dates - Thursday 14th and Thursday 21st March.

7.3.19 World Book Day - Dressing up on a dragon-theme...

7.3.19 World Book Day. Taking a flight around the world of books at Leigh Library! Thanks to Kath and Maureen for an exciting visit!

7.3.19 World Book Day. Thank you for the amazing support for our Dragon-hibition after school. We were blown away by the craft creations. The positive comments from the event were very much appreciated. Thank you!

7.3.19 World Book Day. A huge thank you to Kay and Guenna for providing the materials, and giving up their time, to make a bookmark with every child in school. The children loved them!

7.3.19 World Book Day. Well done to our Golden Book winners - earned by children who have shown extra effort this week!


As you are aware, this year at Leigh St. Mary's is the Year of the Book. For us, every day is book day! However, this also makes this year's World Book Day event even more special. This year we will celebrate with a dragon-themed day. Our whole-school text is Dragon Post by Emma Yarlett - this is a wonderful text for all ages to enjoy; it contains one boy, one dragon, five letters and half an umbrella...! Each class will produce writing based on the text and a selction of these will be displayed in school.


On the day, we invite children to dress up on a dragon theme - this could be a dragon, dragon-slayer, princess or knight to name a few. Dragon accessories also welcome - maybe a giant golden egg or a clutch of smaller eggs? We would also like children to contribute a dragon craft for our dragon-hibition to be held on World Book Day (Thursday 7th March). This will be open to view after school. Ideas can be downloaded via the Word document on this page. PInterest also has a wealth of ideas. Happy Crafting!

Spring 1 Reading Newsletter

7.2.19 KS2 Boys, Books and Breakfast event. Thank you to the boys, parents, grandparents and friends who came to our Books and Breakfast event. We shared an extract from the book 'Sky Song' by Abi Elphinstone and then enjoyed bacon butties and a brew. It was a great start to our day!

18.12.18 KS1 Return to Read Event. We had a lovely evening of stories, hot chocolate and smartie reindeer noses at the Key Stage 1 Night Before Christmas-themed reading event. The children loved returning in their pyjamas and sharing story time with us and their families. Keeeeeep reading!!

18.12.18 Jolabokaflod event. Thank you to all the children who supported this event - we were blown away by the number of books we exchanged! The children thoroughly enjoyed giving and receiving their book gift and eating chocolate while they read their book!

Jolabokaflod - Bring in a wrapped book and exchange it for a book gift for yourself! The exchange will take place on Tuesday 18th December.

KS1 Return to Read Event.Sign up for our 'Night Before Christmas' reading event on 18.12.18. Pyjamas, stories and hot chocolate...

15.11.18 The KS2 Return to Read event was a huge success! Our children and families loved reading their books around the fire by torchlight. We began the evening by listening to an extract of 'Letter from the Lighthouse' by Emma Carroll and finished by eating s'mores cooked over the fire. Fantastic! Keeeeep reading...!!!

Key Stage 2 Return to Read event. Come and join us on Thursday 15th November around the campfire to spend time reading. Finish off with a toasted marshmallow...yum!!

Autumn 1 - Leigh St.Mary's first ever reading newsletter! Keeeeeep reading!

September 2018 Year 3 enjoying some reading for pleasure time...choosing, reading and talking about lots of different types of books.