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  The BBC Young Writers’ Award What? Now in its ninth year, the BBC Young Writers’ Award with Cambridge University challenges young people in the UK aged between 14-18 years to submit stories of up to 1,000 words. Shortlisted writers’ stories are professionally recorded and made available on the BBC, with the shortlist invited to an award ceremony broadcast live on 
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Dear Year 5 parent, Here are all the SUCCEED courses and mocks in one place for you. They are all in NORTH LONDON – more details can be found on the website. The following courses are now available to book online via the Succeed Website:www.succeed11-plusmocks.co.ukMonthly Revision Course Sunday 22nd JanuarySunday 26th FebruarySunday 26th MarchSunday 23rd AprilEaster Revision CourseWeek one: Mon 3rd, 
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Hi Story Room writers, Ana Lim wants to share with you how she came to write and publish her first book – A Gnome’s First Day of School. I hope you are all inspired,  as you can do it too!  Helena “My middle school years were some of the most arduous times in my life. My parents had just recently 
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BOOK CLUB – OCTOBER 2022 Dear Kathy Weeks,  We recently read Harper Drew, Talent Show Takeover in our Book Club for children in years 4 to 6. They all really enjoyed it and here are some of the things they had to say about it:  I am writing to tell you how amazing the new book was for me. I 
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This article in the Guardian was shared with me by my colleague Michelle. I found myself cheering Michael Morpurgo on all the way through the article. I am sharing it here as I think it is such important reading for parents and will hopefully help you understand our approach at The Story Room. Every time a child asks me if 
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Dear Roger, We hope you are well. Bad Bad Cats was our book club choice this month. For some children it was their first encounter with your poetry and for others who read some of your poetry before, this deepened their desire to read more!  The children loved the mix of nonsense, funny and serious poetry and all had a 
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“Piensa a la izquierda, piensa a la derecha, piensa abajo y piensa arriba. ¡Oh, todo lo que puedes pensar sólo con intentarlo!” Dr Suess Our new ONLINE Spanish Story Room’s creative writing workshops are designed to develop creativity in the Spanish language.  We invite children to attend whose command of the Spanish language allows them to understand the teacher’s instructions and 
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The Story Room was delighted to receive this special blog from poet,  Joseph Coelho, author of Werewolf Club Rules, Overheard in a Tower Block, Poems Aloud, Smile Out Loud… and many more. We work hard in our Story Room workshops to build confidence so that children feel encouraged and happy to read their writing out loud, with clear voices and 
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Pelican by Celia Warren I like this poem because it is about words. We think it is about Pelicans or birds because the title is ‘Pelican’ and Celia Warren repeats the word lots of times in the poem. In the poem she is speaking to the Pelican about words.  The poet shares a list of tricky words which are her favourite: 
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DEVELOPING COMPREHENSION SKILLS Developing reading comprehension skills is incredibly important for all readers, not only for passing tests or exams but for them to fully understand and engage in what they are reading. There is a lot you can do at home to enhance comprehension skills without your child even being aware that that is what you are doing with 
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