Hi everyone, I’m going to start uploading our weekly Thursday assemblies here – watch in you classrooms or at home – let me know which stories are your favourites when you see me around school!
Lots of these books are available to read in the morning “bagel bar” in the hall – pop in and enjoy them again with your grown-ups!
A great “No Outsiders” story – Desmond Tutu said: “We are not born with prejudice. We learn it. I welcome a book to help young people learn that our diversity is a gift – a wonderful blessing from God. Let us celebrate it.”
The Lost Thing
Another one of our amazing new books – what do you think the moral is?
Oscar Seeks a Friend
What can you learn about making new friends from this lovely short story?
Tilda Tries Again
Great little story about an important SuperPower we can all use in our daily lives, not just in our school work.
Once Upon a Wild Wood
How many different fairy story characters can you spot?!
Is it Really Nearly Christmas?
Only a few sleeps to go now. Make sure you bring some Christmas magic to school this year!
A lovely snowy story for the Christmas season. Just like the characters in this story, we teach children at Shelton to celebrate and value our differences.
Christmas countdown has begun at Shelton!
How’s your quizzing coming on – listen to this story and use quiz number 237431 to bag an extra Accellerated Reader quiz!
Eric the Hero?
Use kind words to make friends.
A story about a girl who regains her confidence and the importance of always using kind and respectful words.
The Barnabus Project
Can you spot the characters using every single Shelton SuperPower in this adventure?
How to Live Forever
Possibly my new favourite book ever! Something different to see every time I read it!
Albert Upside Down (Again!)
My Secret Bully
A true story that helps us to think about using our Resilience SuperPower to ensure all our friendships are supportive and positive.
The biography of an inspiring artist – which Shelton SuporePower does Frida have?
A Child of Books
This is short but lovely book all about imagination and stories.
The Squirrels Who Squabbled
A lovely rhyming story – what can we learn from the squirrels about how to play games of football and basketball?
A lovely magical story for you this week everyone – enjoy!
All are Welcome
A quick poem this week celebrating the fact that we are a No Outsiders school where “everyone is different and everyone is welcome.”
A great traditional Cornish fairy tale this week – what do you think the moral of this tale is?
A classic story from the original movies this week!
As a “No Outsiders” school where we ensure that everyone is different and everyone is welcome this is another great short story that encourages us to be brave with new situations and listen actively to others.
Nen and the Lonely Fisherman
Another award winner this week – a mysterious story full of intrigue!
Did I ever tell You How Lucky You Are
Just for fun and to celebrate this year’s World Book Day!
A beautiful award winning short story.
Gilbert the Hero
How do Gilbert and the characters in this story use their Shelton SuperPowers when they’re playing?
Where are you From?
Part of our Reading Inprire day where we explore a number of different stories from around the world.
Anansi and the Golden Pot
Based on traditional stories from Ghana, this is a modern fairy tale – can you spot the hidden message we can all learn?
Where the Wild Things Are
One of my all time favourite picture books. What can we learn from Max and his wild adventure?!
The Night After Christmas
A lovely story just celebrating the joy of Christmas! Inspired by the original 1823 poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, have you ever wondered what happens next?!
It Fell From the Sky
Another one with amazing illustrations this week. What would you do if you found a treasure had fallen from the sky?!
I am the Subway
An amazing Korean book all about the subway in Soeul – reminds us that “Everyone is different, and everyone is welcome.”
Poppy Field Part 3
Poppy Field Part 2
Here’s the second installment!
Poppy Field Part 1
As Remembrance Day approaches , we’re reading this brilliantly written illustrated story. We’ll split it into several parts as it is a little longer than our usual assembly stories – this is part 1.
Greta and the Giants
A lovely story with amazing illustrations all about the environment. Can you guess the real-life inspiration behind the main character?!
Black AND British
This is a great book that I’ve just discovered. This week I’ve gone for a factual history book all about black people in British history. The book is out in the corridor – have a look and see if you can learn something new.
Counting on Katherine
To celebrate the start of Black History Month, today’s story is an inspiring biography of Katherine Johnson. Katherine used her Perseverer superpower throughout her life.
Seven Blind Mice
A lovely simple story with a great Reflector moral:
“Knowing in part may make a fine tale,
but wisdom comes from seeing the whole”
The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend
Beekle is sad and lonely, he uses lots of courage and perseverance to change that …
Arlo – The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep
We all feel a bit anxious sometimes and this can mean it’s hard to get to sleep. Having a good night’s sleep can help us feel refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of a new day. In this lovely story, Arlo learns a good technique to get to sleep, maybe it can hep you too!
The Story of Ferdinand
A story from 1936, all about being brave enough to be yourself and value your uniquness.
A lovely story that reminds us to always be kind and say nice things to each other.
David Gets In Trouble
This week is Golden Ticket week at Shelton – we are all following the Golden rules and looking out for children who are trying super hard to be a Shelton Super Hero! In this week’s story, David doesn’t do quite so well!
The Monk and The Yak
A lovely short story to help us think about the importance of trusting friendships.
The Tear Thief
Just a lovely modern fairy tale to enjoy during mental health week this week!
Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao
This story is all about perseverance in work, friendships and life – it’s also about my favourite food!
Community – The Whale Who Wanted More
This week, our collective worship focus is “community”. This lovely story also has great illustrations and tells the story of a whale who finds contentment in a supportive community when he realises that “we all need so little to have quite enough”. Our assembly is available online here and the story is below:
Albert Upside Down
Award winning illustrations in this lovely book all about collaborator super powers!
This week was British science week – here’s a great story about the life of Ada Lovelace – an inspirational scientist. I wonder how many future scientists are at Shelton Juniors right now?!
The Name Jar
A book about fitting in, and being unique and special. This story is about a girl who has moved from Korea to America. Her name is unusual to her new American classmates – will she be able to fit in and make friends?
At Shelton we welcome everyone and celebrate our uniqueness – how are you unique and special?
My Beautiful Voice
A lovely book about confidence and learning and learning to express yourself. Sometimes, all it takes is a special teacher to show us how to be brave and discover our own beautiful voice.
This week is Time to Talk day, this is a day organised by the charity Mind to encourage everyone to talk about their mental health.
Beegu is a lovely short story about an alien who feels sad, lost and lonely until she meets some “little people”.
Whether you’re a big person or a little person, maybe we can help each other to feel a little better if we take a bit of time to listen and talk to someone if they are not feeling themselves this week.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
An old favourite of mine. This story has some great illustrations and is all about how we can help each other in different ways.
Dr Martin Luther King Day
This is great illustrated book of Dr King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech. I’ve used the recording of Dr King’s original speech alongside the pages from the book. Listen carefully and have a think about the quote from Dr King at the end – what does it mean for you today?
(Correction: in my introduction I say that Martin Luther King day is 15th, it’s actually Monday 17th January this year)
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet
I’ve just discovered this great book. It’s been around for a while so you might know it. Can you spot the hidden message in this great story?