World Book Day – 2nd March

World Book DayThis year World Book Day will be 20 years old! We will be celebrating on Thursday 2nd March by inviting everyone to dress up as characters from Roald Dahl stories.

You could be George from George’s Marvellous Medicine, Matilda, the BFG or even one of the Twits.

There will be lots of activities taking place including ACE book quizzes and a scavenger hunt in the library. Also every child will be given a £1 World Book Day voucher to redeem a World Book Day or receive £1 off the price of a book at either Waterstones or WHSmith which are valid until 26th March.


Harry Potter Book Night

On Thursday 2nd February 53 children from years 4, 5 and 6 attend a Harry Potter Book Night held at school. Upon arrival the children were welcomed to ‘Hogwarts’ by the Professors before taking part in the sorting hat ceremony.

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Once in their houses the children took part in a Quidditch match, wand making, books, wizard chess and even had the opportunity to hold owls.

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After each activity the Houses were awarded House Points which the House Captains recorded and added up at the end of the evening. The evening ended with the House Cup being presented to the house with the most points.

….and the winning House is………Gryffindor!

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Leeds Book Awards 2017 – Readers Wanted!

Wanted a group of children from Year 5 and Year 6 to participate in the Leeds book Awards.

The awards take place every year and the children taking part read the six shortlisted books. The group meets every week to talk about the books and the children are asked to write a short review for each book on the Awards website. In April the children can cast their vote for their favourite shortlisted book. Then in May the group is invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at Pudsey Civic Hall where the winner is announced.

If you would like to find out more information about the awards or would like to take part please see Miss Whiteley.

Author to visit Years 5 & 6

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On Monday 7th November author, Kiran Millwood Hargrave will be visiting Years 5 & 6 at school.

Kiran will be talking about her debut novel, The Girl of Ink and Stars and about being a writer. Following the event there will be the opportunity to buy a copy of the book (£6.30) and have it signed by Kiran.

For more information visit Kiran’s website


Geek Girl – Holly Smale Author Event

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A group of Year 6 girls were very lucky to be invited by Year 7 and Year 8 pupils at Allerton High to join them in a very special event this afternoon with author of the Geek Girl series, Holly Smale.

DSCN2034Due to Miss Whiteley being over keen the children arrived a little early but actually this worked out really well as Holly was already there and chatted with the girls about books and what they liked to read and answered lots and lots of questions. She also invited them to stay behind at the end of the event and come aboard her tour bus!

DSCN2035Once everyone else had arrived the event began. Holly spoke to the girls about how she became an author, about her books and answered questions on everything to what inspired her to her favourite colour. She then spent time talking to the girls individually while she signed their books.

At the end once everyone had left with the exception of ACE, Holly true to her word led the children outside where they posed with her for photos in front of the tour bus and then went on the bus for a look around.

What an amazing afternoon.


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Ilkley Literature Festival

Today Year 6 journeyed by bus and by train to attend the Ilkley Literature Festival.


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DSCN2022In the morning everyone took part in the book trail around Ilkley (a bit like a treasure hunt) which they thoroughly enjoyed. Then after lunch at Riverside Gardens Year 6 attended a special event with famous author Jeremy Strong before returning back to school.

Everyone had a fantastic day particularly laughing ‘their socks off’ at Jeremy Strong’s jokes.

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Leeds Book Awards – Long List Readers Wanted!

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The Leeds Book Awards takes place every January – May and for the past five years children from ACE have taken part.

Last year for the first time organisers of the awards, The School Library Service asked for some children to read books that are being considered for the awards. This year they have asked if we could read some more books as they would really like to hear children’s opinion’s of them before they decide which six books are going to be chosen (short listed) for the awards.

If you would like to help with this please see Miss Whiteley before the end of Friday 7th October.