Annamarie Ellis

AHT Primary

Reading is a fundamental skill which continues to develop as a child’s journeys through our school. At Woolston Brook we believe that being able to read is essential to developing our pupil’s to be life long learners.

Sharing reading pieces is a weekly activity at Woolston Brook from Primary to KS4. In Primary children access phonic lessons and guided reading. In Secondary, novels and subject-based reading is embedded into their curriculum. All Key Stages are invited to use our wonderful library and borrow any book of their choice to share at home.


Summer Activities

25 May – 22 July: UEFA EURO 2020 Reading Challenge with The FA

Help your pupils to read their way to the final, and get hold of a free UEFA EURO wallchart for your classroom, with a reading twist! Find out more on our UEFA EURO 2020 page.

27 May – 28 June: Marcus Rashford MBE online event

Purchase a copy of Marcus’ new book You are a Champion: How to be the best you can be and get access to a free online interview with Marcus. And support the National Literacy Trust, too! Read the news story for further details.

11 June: UEFA EURO 2020 live online event with top footy author, Tom Palmer

Join Tom as he leads pupils on a fun footy-reading workshop and takes questions and shout-outs from you, our live audience. Sign up for alerts on how to watch at the base of our Euros page.

11 June – 11 July: UEFA EURO 2020 Instalment story by Tom Palmer

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Tom will be writing a story ‘live’ featuring Roy of the Rovers and his sister Rocky. Download and read the episodes as they are released, and follow the real-time action.

15 June: PL Takeover live event with Priscilla Mante

Join our live online event with top author, Priscilla Mante as she leads pupils on a fun footy-reading workshop and takes questions and shout-outs from you, our live audience. Sign up for alerts on how to watch at the base of our Euros page, and watch previous events on our Premier League takeover page.

Second half-term: Club Author Days

10 clubs from the Premier League and the English Football League will be visiting local schools with authors. If your local club is delivering, they will be in touch with their local schools.

12-16 July: Premier League Reading Festival

We know schools have missed out on brilliant author events in the last year, so so we’re bringing a star-studded five-a-side of the best authors EVER for FIVE DAYS of brilliant live events on the week of 12 July. This will feature quizzes, challenges, prizes, FREE BOOKS and workshops. Sign up for alerts on how to watch at the base of our Euros page.

Autumn Activities

Top authors join Story Explorers: a new podcast for kids, by kids



Story Explorer’s Podcast For Kids (document)
Story Explorers Web Page
Free books for primary

Author of the week Zoe Antoniades

Alex T Smith – Virtual School Library Author of the Week

Alex’s top three books

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

This has been one of my favourites since I was about five years old. I loved the idea something so extraordinary can happen right in your own house. The thought of going to a cafe in the night in my pyjamas seemed like the most exciting thing that could ever happen…

Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight

Imagine being six and living on the ‘tippy-top floor’ of The Plaza Hotel in New York! And having the run of the place! And having a “dog who looks like a cat”! Well, Eloise doesn’t have to imagine any of that. A feisty, eccentric, wild and unapologetic heroine who skitters across the pages in both the glorious words and pictures. Wonderfully bonkers.

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Already a modern classic, Julian is a Mermaid is utterly joyful, and has a vital message about acceptance, confidence, and being yourself. The illustrations are gorgeous, and perfectly complement the heart-warming story.


Summer Activities

Free eBook

How not to go to school. Written to help children during lock down.

lots of good teen books for free
Free ebook: The Book of Hopes; Edited by Katherine Rundell

Spring Activities

Ann Bronte’s Birthday, 26th January 1820

Exactly two hundred years ago today, in Thornton, Bradford, Maria Brontë gave birth to her sixth child – Anne Brontë! A brilliant novelist,  a brilliant poet, a brilliant thinker, and she was a brilliant human being.
Pupilshad the opportunities to help celebrate Ann Brontes 200th birthday by researching the author and finding out what they ate in those times and also sharing some inspiring poetry.  This was finally finished with sharing cupcakes!

Autumn Activities

Grab a Book Day

Pupils from KS3 enjoyed ‘The Bold’ by Julian Clary and created interesting book reviews

Review an Author

Woolston Brook School have enjoyed taking part in Roald Dahl. Activity booklets, storybooks and audio stories have been shared throughout the key stages.

Find a Book North West

Pupils from KS2 and 3 joined the regional new ‘Find a Book’ initiative. They enjoyed placing books in local children’s areas for them to find, enjoy and share. Pupil’s were excited to find out that some of their books have already been found and they have been hidden in new locations.

Career Pathways

All children across the school have been reading about careers for the future and have been creating a skills platform.

National Poetry Day

Staff and pupils took part in National Poetry Day by sharing their favourite poems and created their own verses. They also employed their computing science skills to assist them in their compositions and in the layout of their poetry. Click here to have a go.

Black History Month

We have celebrated Black History Month by creating a school fact file about prominent historical figures and how they have influenced our lives today.

Why Not Share A Book At Home

Book Trust

Love Reading

Oxford Owl

National Geographic Young Explorer

Storyline Online