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Pemberley Reading Quest

It’s time to set off – on the Pemberley Reading Quest!

At Pemberley Academy we take an utmost pride in the love for reading that our children and staff have.

To encourage reading for pleasure we have put together the ‘Pemberley Reading Quest’. The quest includes 6 books per year group chosen by the staff at Pemberley. These books are in our opinion fantastic and must reads for children across their primary school lives.

We hope this quest can inspire, guide and help your child’s love of reading grow. Many of the titles are available in our school library but we do encourage use of local libraries where possible.

Check out the launch video on our youtube channel:

The books chosen for the Quest are as follows:

· Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
· Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
· A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell
· There’s a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins
· Penguin by Molly Dunbar
· The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Year 1
· The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
· Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
· Elmer by David McKee
· Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
· Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
· We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Year 2
· Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown and Scott Nash
· Not Now Bernard by David Mckee
· The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
· Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
· The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
· The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

Year 3
· There’s A Yeti In the Playground! By Pamela Butchart with Thomas Flintham
· Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts by Kevin Tsang with Nathan Reed
· The Savage Stone Aage by Terry Deary and Martin Brown
· Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl with Quentin Blake
· The 13 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths with Terry Denton
· The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka with Lane Smith

Year 4
· Michael Rosen’s A-Z: The best children’s poetry from Asgard to Zephaniah
· Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
· Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
· A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond with Peggy Fortnum
· Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
· Unexpected Twist by Michael Rosen with Tony Ross

Year 5
· The Outlaw Varjak Paw by SF Said with Dave McKean
· Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
· Charlottes Webb by E.B White with Garth Williams
· The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
· King of the Forest Clouds by Michael Morpurgo
· A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Year 6
· Holes by Louis Sachar
· Cogheart by Peter Bunzl
· Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen
· The 1000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford
· The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman with Chris Riddell
· Skellig by David Almond

Happy reading.
Pemberley team.

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Colorado Class Visit Hatfield House

Colorado Class visited Hatfield House. This stunning house and grounds were a favourite of Henry VIII and his court. During our visit we walked around the lovely grounds (visiting the Elizabeth Oak Tree) and also got to meet Henry himself! We sang him one of his favourite songs ‘The Hunt Is Up’ and luckily nobody was beheaded!

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Do You Remember?

This Summer, the children faced the daunting prospect of performing on stage at Harlow Playhouse, and they not only rose to the occasion, they knocked it out of the park!

The children performed hits from the 60s through to the 00s, and acted out some memorable highlights from each decade.

Click here to see some highlights (or copy and paste into your browser). If you would like us to remove or edit any pictures containing your children, let us know.

The local press covered it here:

Pemberley Academy pupils shine on Harlow Playhouse stage


THE pupils from Pemberley Academy had the chance to shine on Friday night when they took to the Playhouse stage for their end of year performance. No strangers to the venue, where the children had performed in last year although in the smaller Studio 2.

Taking the parents back through the decades with a show entitled ‘Do you remember’ the children from Reception to year 4 treated the audience to drama, dance and music in front of a sell out house.

Deputy Head Lisa Fish said; “We, like all schools, believe in giving the children the best opportunities, and this was one of the biggest yet. The children were given a moment and they took it with both hands, but the ability to perform infront of their parents and families at a professional performing arts venue like this was huge.”

“People such as David Bowie have performed here and when the children come back to the Playhouse they’ll be able to look at the stage and know they’ve performed there. We’d like to thank Rory Davies and his team at the playhouse because without allowing us to use the venue this wouldn’t have been possible.”

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Reptile Roadshow

We had a visit from the Reptile Roadshow; Look at pictures of some of our exciting encounters!:

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