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World Book Week 2014

Last week was World Book Week. Throughout the week the library was packed with us wonderful students listening to the interesting and exciting extracts of our favourite teachers' favourite books. Many bestsellers were read, as well as some of the old classics.

The best part was that everybody was so engaged in the stories; three 'Story tellers' really stood out: Mrs Trevarthen, dressed in a pirate costume read from the book "Revolting Rhymes" which is a compilation of fairy tales rewritten by Roald Dahl. But the fairy tales aren't your ordinary fairy tales, oh no, they are what actually happened in those fairy tales ie The Three Little Pigs get cooked and eaten by the wolf in one of the Revolting Rhymes!

World Book Week 2014

Mr Butterworth was another of my favourites, although not just because of the book he read, but because of his (Mr)Incredible costume. However, my overall 'joint' favourites were Mr Adams and Mr Shepherd who read our favourite picture books, "We're going on a Bear Hunt" and "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson - but with a twist. The readings were interactive and the library was turned into a deep dark forest. Whilst Mr Adams read the story, we followed Mr Shepherd around the library doing the actions and using tables as caves! We would even chant some of the words "We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, we're not scared!"

World Book Week 2014

There were also some other activities that took place for the students who don't particularly like to read. For the Year 7s, there was a full treasure hunt in which they had to find the teachers who were wearing the costume in the picture. On Thursday, we were finally allowed to dress up. This made our day fun and unusual. At 12.00 noon, the whole school stopped to read for 10 minutes.

But why do we do all of this? It's about getting closer to reading. Some children in the country have never picked up a book before in their life. Reading is amazing. It is unlike any other type of entertainment. You can take your time and also visualise scenes the way you want to, rather than being restricted to watching a movie with terrible special effects! There is also more choice when it comes to reading: there are over 130,000,000 different books in existence compared to only 1,769,207 movies (according to the lMDB).

World Book Week 2014

This year to celebrate the event 8 new World Book Day books were published, written by 8 best-selling authors. The best bit is that they are all completely free in exchange for the World Book Day £1 tokens given to 14 million children across the country. This means 14 million children across the country are reading one of the 8 books - and you are one of them!

So what are you waiting for? Get reading!

Report by Ben Bassett


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Policy Review

Dear Parents and Carers

As you may be aware, the statutory guidance from the Department for Education around Relationships and Sex Education has changed. Here at Poltair School, we have worked hard to think about how to teach this to our students, making sure that our lessons are engaging and designed to suit the needs of all of our students in an age appropriate manner. Students will have a lesson called Personal Development once a fortnight, in which this and other topics will be covered. This was formerly known as Morals and Ethics.

We would like to get feedback from our community in order to finalise our policy on the delivery of this important curriculum area. Our draft policy is available on our website for your consideration, and we welcome any questions, comments or feedback via email to Clare Price ([email protected]). When we are able to open up the site to parents and carers, we will hold a review and consultation meeting at school to consider our policy and delivery further. Please send any communications by 10th July 2020 at the latest.


Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Contact during exceptional circumstances

It is important that all children, families and professionals are able to contact key staff to share information in respect of safeguarding and concerns.

Following the wider opening of all CELT schools, there is now a member of the safeguarding team on duty in school every day. Please contact the school directly and ask for the DSL if you have any concerns you wish to discuss.

The dedicated CELT e mail address is still in operation and can be used if, for any reason, you are unable to contact the school;

[email protected]

This will be monitored during office hours only, Monday to Friday.

However, you should contact the Police or Social Care if you feel that a child is at risk of immediate serious harm.

Moments in Time 2020

A reflection on the ideas, thoughts, feelings, surroundings and effects of the Corona school closures on Poltair pupils.

The Poltair Art Department have started a Poltair Pinterest page.

Students are emailing work they have completed at home to their teachers, the work is then showcased on the page.

Some fantastic work on there already:

Moments in Time 2020 - Pinterest



Free Software For Children

Following our upgrade to Office 365 we can now offer all students free licenses to use the latest version of Microsoft Office at home, this includes Microsoft Office on a Mac, and also Microsoft Office on Android or iOS.

Office 365 At Poltair

Click the link above to download your copy now!