Brilliant websites to help support your child's reading

There are lots of websites that provide you with resources to help your child read. Other websites help you and your child find quality texts that you can enjoy together. Here are a few of the best.


BookTrust transforms lives by getting children and families reading. BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Each year they reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support.

Books for Keeps

Books for Keeps is the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine. It was launched in 1980 and ever since has been reviewing hundreds of new children’s books each year and publishing articles on every aspect of writing for children. There are over 12,500 reviews on our new website and more than 2,000 articles including interviews with the top children’s authors and illustrators.

Letterbox Library

For over 30 years, Letterbox Library has been a leading children's bookseller and education supplier, bringing teachers, librarians and parents the best in inclusive children's books.

We are famous for our book selection process:

  • we specialise in books in which all children can see themselves and which reflect our world community in all of its diversity;
  • we use an expert team of volunteers, including teachers & children, to review and choose all of our books;
  • inclusive content is not enough; our reviewers only select books which also show excellence in storyline/artwork;
  • we are passionate about resisting commercial trends; we want to offer children real choices in what they read;
  • we are also known for our books promoting social justice.

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular and highly influential nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs. Awarded annually, the Medal is the only prize in the UK to solely reward outstanding illustration in a children's book.


Corebooks helps primary schools choose the very best children's literature for their school or classroom libraries. This site contains a comprehensive selection of high quality texts for children from ages three to eleven and a selection of free teaching sequences. Use the ready-created booklists or create your own wishlists in the knowledge that you are selecting from the best books to engage, enthral and excite children.

Key Stage 2 Easter Disco tomorrow!


Our KS2 Easter Disco is on Thursday 22nd March, that’s tomorrow!!

It will run throughout the afternoon during school time, starting at 1:45 pm until 3:00 pm. Children must come to school in the morning in their school uniform but can bring their party clothes to change into and wear in the afternoon. Children can bring £1 to buy a selection of snacks and a drink. Water will be available for all children during the afternoon.

Those children who don’t wish to join in with the dancing can take part in some Easter colouring in and decorating which will be in one of the classrooms surrounding the hall.

We‘re looking forward to a fun afternoon!

Primary Pentatholon

The Primary Pentathlon is yearly event run by The Vale School at Northumberland Park.  It is a sporting event where everyone who attends can take part in 10 different activities.  This year Sokaina, Adem, Natalia, Jaison, Joy and Sherif all took part and gained a medal.  We are very proud of them and are glad to be invited to this event by our friends at The Vale School.

School will close tomorrow, Friday 2nd March

There was much excitement when the snow first fell and the sun was shining yesterday - both staff and pupils had a great deal of fun. However conditions have worsened since then as a result of wind and ice so it feels much colder today. Children will not go out into the playgrounds today even for a reduced playtime.

We have made the decision to close the school tomorrow due to the adverse weather conditions and the likelihood of further widespread snowfall accompanied by strong winds that has been forecast for Friday.

This is a decision that is not taken lightly and is based on a number of factors to ensure the health and safety of our pupils and staff.

Whilst main roads are gritted and traffic and pedestrians are able to move freely, side roads and pavements in the area may not be gritted so are very icy.

When deciding whether the site and surrounding areas are safe for the school to open, some of the factors that are taken into account include: Can pupils, parents and carers travel to school and go home safely? Can staff travel to and from school safely?

Looking at forecasts I am confident that the school will be open as usual on Monday 5th March but I will update the school website to confirm this on Sunday evening. Please travel home safely today and keep warm.

New Mobile Phone Policy - Important Changes for Students

Since September we have been in consultation with parents, carers, staff and children to put together a new policy with guidelines on mobile phone use. The School Council has been particularly engaged in thinking about this and their views and ideas have very much been incorporated into the new policy.

The main changes are:

Children from Nursery to Year 3 are not allowed bring a phone to school at all.

Children from Year 4-6  are only allowed to bring in a mobile phone if they walk to and from school without adult supervision and have the written permission of their parent or carer (the permission letter is in the policy appendix). At school, the phones will be stored in a locked locker in their classrooms and cannot be used anywhere on the school premises. This includes the playgrounds before and after school.

The policy outlines very clearly the ways mobile phones are misused and how the school, parents and carers can reduce this risk along with consequences that the school will apply if this is found to be the case.

The new policy will come into effect on the 19th February 2018.

Earlsmead Mobile Phone Policy

Safer Internet Day 2018 #SID2018

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Safer Internet Day is being celebrated around the world and in our school on Tuesday 6th February 2018.

The theme is Create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you.

Everyone has their part to play in making the internet a better place, including you! 


Have a look at the tips and resources below to help you make a positive change online, stay safe and help your friends.

A better internet starts with you...

  1. It starts with staying safe online.

    Keep your personal information safe and check with an adult before you share anything online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and passwords. Never agree to meet up with someone you only know online. No matter how friendly they might seem or how well you think you know them, they are still a stranger. Always tell a trusted adult if someone online asks to meet up.

  2. It starts with being a good friend.

    Remember that behind every screen is a real person. Being kind and positive online is just as important as being kind and positive face-to-face. 

  3. It starts with saying sorry.

    Even when we’re trying really hard to be a good friend online, things can still go wrong. If you ever upset someone online, even if it wasn’t on purpose, then saying sorry is a really powerful and positive action to take.

  4. It starts with taking a step back.

    Being online is great – there are so many fun and exciting things to do! But being connected all the time can get a little stressful. If being online is making you feel worried, upset or confused, it’s always worth taking a step back and having a break from your online activities. Check out Red and Murphy talking about this in this special SID TV video.

  5. It starts with asking for help.

    It’s okay to feel worried or upset by something you see online – just make sure you speak to someone about it! Always tell an adult you trust if you see anything that worries you online.

Are you an online expert? Get ready for Safer Internet Day 2018 by testing your knowledge with the #SID2018 Quiz.


Parents and Carers

Have a look at the tips and links below with some suggestions on how to get started with supporting your child to stay safe and positive online.

A better internet starts with you...

  1. It starts with an open and honest dialogue.

    Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology, and find out what their digital life is like, including what their favourite sites and services are and also how being online makes them feel. Not sure where to begin? Have a look at our suggested conversation starters for parents

  2. It starts with a balanced approach.

    As parents, it’s natural to feel worried about the risks posed by your child being online, but for young people, the online world is exciting and fun, as it brings so many opportunities for them. Connect with your child by asking them to share with you their favourite things to do online, as well as discussing the risks they might come across. Use our quick activities as a family this Safer Internet Day. 

  3. It starts with using the tools available to help you.

    There are lots of tools to help you manage the devices used by your family. For example, knowing how to activate and use parental controls can help protect your child from seeing inappropriate content online. For advice and guidance on how to make use of parental controls and other safety features on devices, check out our free Parents’ Guide to Technology and see more advice in our advice centre for parents and carers.

  4. It starts with knowing where to get help.

    It can sometimes feel like young people are the experts in all things online, but remember – you are the life experts. You are always there to help your child but make sure you know how to get support too by visiting our Need Help? page. You can find more information about how you can help your child stay safe online by using features such as privacy settings on social media and understanding how to make a report on a range of apps, games and services.

  5. It starts with a family agreement.

    The online world is an increasingly large part of modern family life, so it makes sense to approach it as a family too. Why not make a pledge together on how as a family you’re going to use the internet safely and positively? If you need help with this, have a look at our family pledge card for a great way to ensure that everyone is on the same page. 

We’re counting down to Number Day 2018!


We are delighted to be supporting the NSPCC by taking part in their Number Day on Friday 2 February 2018.

Children deserve an equal start in life

The NSPCC believes that all children deserve a childhood free from harm but, sadly, that’s not the case for many children. That’s why the NSPCC is fighting for every childhood and working to help keep children safe from abuse.

The NSPCC needs our support. By raising money, we can help to fund their vital services like ChildLine – the helpline that’s always there for children and young people whatever their problem or concern.

Making maths meaningful

Number Day is a great way to make maths fun and bring about a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude towards it. 

On 2 February we will be taking part in The Great Earlsmead Number Challenges!! Pupils will be learning number facts and times table facts to complete their year groups timed challenges. To help raise money for the NSPCC, we are asking for families and friends to support and encourage children to complete their number challenges by making a donation. 

Also on that day, we’ll be taking part in Dress up for Digits and pupils will be invited to wear number themed fancy dress or an item of clothing with numbers, shapes or patterns on it. To help raise money for the NSPCC, we are asking for a suggested donation of £1, we’d love everyone in the school to take part!

It all adds up

We’re looking forward to all the fun of Number Day, and we really appreciate your support. All the money we raise will make an enormous difference to children today and help change the lives of children tomorrow.

You can find out more about the NSPCC’s work at

Many thanks for your continued and appreciated support. If you do have any queries or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Adell Horbury - Assistant Headteacher