Category: Parents

Waterstones Children’s Books Prize 2017

The latest prize has been awarded to Kiran Millwood Hargraves for an adventure book – The Girl of Ink and Stars – which is in fact her debut novel.   Here’s a synopsis: “Isabella Riosse is the daughter of a

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: FREE audio and more

  “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.” Whilst Y11 draw towards the end of their Victorian Literature studies, it’s not too

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New English GCSEs: a guide for Parents and Carers

I genuinely enjoy Parents’ Evenings, and the Year 11 event held earlier this week was no exception:  well attended, and happily, with plenty of positives to report to the families of my class.

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90 Years of the Bear With Little Brain

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” A recent poll voted Winnie-the-Pooh, the Bear of Little Brain, as Britain’s Favourite Bear.  I know, because I voted for him.  The next bears, Paddington and Rupert, received less than half

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Classic Short Horror for Hallowe’en

      “And did you really have the three wishes granted?” asked Mrs. White. “I did,” said the sergeant-major, and his glass tapped against his strong teeth. “And has anybody else wished?” persisted the old lady. “The first man

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Literary Anniversaries: 29 October

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”   Today we commemorate the life of the celebrated children’s author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, who

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Open Evening Update: Mr. Guerrero gets Scrabbled

Last week’s Open Evening saw me take on the world (as I like to do, occasionally) at Scrabble.  I mean, what could possibly go wrong, playing a bunch of Year 5 and 6 pupils?  Right?

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Open Evening update: The Great UVHS Shakespeare Quiz

During Open Evening last week many of you completed our Great UVHS Shakespeare Quiz, and it’s time to give you the answers – and to announce the winner. We asked (and if you want to test yourself the answers are

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Things That Go Bump In The … Library

It was a dark and blustery night in October.  The wind howled as it sent the clouds racing across the moon’s unhappy scowl, and the trees lost their leaves as they shook their fists at the young children passing by …

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Borderlines 2016: Carlisle Book Festival

A reminder to you that the fourth Carlisle Book Festival kicks off this time next week, running from 07-10 October. For more information on the range of activities and guest speakers, click here … See you there?

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