Bishop Bronescombe C of E School

Stars - Year R

Miss Burr


"Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic…” – Albus Dumbledore.
It will not be a surprise for any child or adult who knows me to hear that there is one series of books that has shaped my life. Yes, the magical world of Harry Potter is not just a set of fictional books for me, but an entire universe, which I have escaped into, lived in and regularly revisit! As JK once said, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” The characters in the stories do not feel like characters but old friends; when they laugh, I laugh, when they cry, I cry… and that is the true magic of books! I love the series for the fantasy and adventure, but also because of all it teaches about the importance of friendship, facing your fears, and most importantly that love conquers everything!

More recently, I have discovered the author Onjali Q Raúf and have read (and loved!) three of her books this year: The Star Outside my Window, The Night Bus Hero and The Boy at the Back of the Class. They are beautiful stories and I am not ashamed to say that I cried my eyes out when reading two of them! Some other authors I love and will always recommend are Frank Cottrell Boyce (Framed is my favourite!), Jacqueline Wilson (I used to visit St Austell library every week to collect more of her books to devour when I was a child!) and Philippa Pearce (Tom’s Midnight Garden is a must-read!).

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – Yep, that’s JK Rowling again!

Miss Routledge

1:1 Support staff

The wonderful thing about reading is that it can be used as a window into another life. You can understand and appreciate another land or another time, all without having to leave the comfort of your home.
I like to read books that have twists and turns, that have you on the edge of your seat. The type of books that make you say 'just one more page' and before you know it, you've reached the end and it's 2am. My favourite text type is fiction. I love to find myself waking up in a world constructed purely from words and a collaboration between my imagination and the author's.

Mrs Jackson

Support staff

I absolutely loved reading the Dirty Bertie books by Alan MacDonald and David Roberts with my daughter when she was younger. They're so funny and definitely well worth a read and all about a grubby boy who is a trouble magnet, causing mayhem wherever he goes with his disgusting habits , crazy plans and wild ideas. Every night we used to snuggle down and read the these books .. oh how we giggled and proper belly laughed reading these books. We'd chat for ages about our favourite funniest parts in the story and couldn’t wait until the next one.

This half term, the children's interests have taken us in a variety of directions with our learning!
We have thought about Superheroes and learnt about the real superheroes who help us. We decided that we would use our superhero powers to do a litter pick around the school and look after our environment. 
We have been very lucky to have been given some caterpillars this half term as well! We have loved watching them transform and are patiently waiting for some butterflies to appear. 
Following emergent interests, we have also focused on pirates and animals this half term! We have explored different pirate stories, created pirate maps and messages for bottles, and discovered some secret, buried treasure at the Wild Space!
We were very lucky to also receive some plants this half term! The children were so excited to get hands-on with planting them in our outdoor garden and at the Wild Space and have taken real ownership in looking after them. We have learnt about what plants need to grow and the different parts of plants and their purposes. 
We enjoyed our visit from the dental hygienist who spoke to the children about the importance of brushing our teeth and what foods and drinks are good for us and those which aren’t so good.
This half term, we have introduced drawing club and story scribing as part of our curriculum. In maths, we have been focussing on our mastery of teen numbers and practical additions and subtractions. 


Bishop Bronescombe CofE School, Boscoppa Road, St Austell, PL25 3DT
01726 64322