Waterstones Children’s Laureate

Congratulations to Lauren Child who is now the Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2017 – 2019. Lauren is well known for her Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort  books.

Intimately involved in translating her work across many different kinds of media, Lauren said that as Laureate she would like to “focus on building stronger links between the world of children’s literature and other art forms such as fine art, film, music, television and design… I want to inspire children to believe in their own creative potential, to make their own stories and drawings and ignite in them the delight of reading for pleasure.”


Year 3 Visit to The Library of Birmingham and Birmingham Museum

On Tuesday 6th June, Year 3 took the train to the city centre to visit the Birmingham Museum and Birmingham Library. Pupils explored ancient Egyptian artefacts and even mummified an Egyptian pharaoh. At the Library, pupils collected their own library cards and read some of their favourite stories on the story steps! Despite the wind and rain, pupils had a fantastic day exploring what the city centre has to offer!

Small Heath Library Visit

Today IV Cambridge went on a trip to visit Small Heath Library. It was a very interesting experience. They met the library staff and had a tour of the library. They also learned a lot about the library. They were encouraged to ask as many questions about the library that they wanted! They were given their new library cards so that they can come back to the library and take books out at a future date. Mrs Hussain and Ms Kausar read stories to the children. This was an enjoyable and an informative morning. A big thank you to Mrs Hussain for organising this event.



Ark Chamberlain Book Day

On Friday 28th April 2017 Ark Chamberlain celebrated World Book Day in a variety of ways. Many staff and pupils dressed up as their favourite book character. Prizes were awarded to the best costumes. There were also special assemblies led by Miss Green (Head of Year 4), Mr Taylor (Head of Year 3) and Miss Brinkworth (Head of Year 6). In the afternoon there were class swaps and lower and upper phase children read to each other. This was a fun way to celebrate reading for pleasure.

Bali Rai Visit

Bali Rai will be coming to visit Ark Chamberlain Primary Academy on Friday 23rd June 2017.  He will be conducting two assemblies with lower and upper school. He will also be interviewed on Ark Radio and by the Library Monitors. Books will be on sale in the afternoon. This should be an exciting day and definitely one that should not be missed!

Book of the Month – April 2017

T.J. and the Penalty

TJ’s friend Jamie is the heart and soul of the Parkview football team, but although he’s a great tackler his passes are dangerously random – and he can’t resist the stodgy food that his mum and the school cook love to tempt him with. Jamie becomes so unfit that Mr Wood drops him from the team, so his friends and their parents organize a World Food and Football day to try and change his eating habits – and to impress the Inspectors who seem to think Parkview is not a very good school. Jamie works really hard to get fit, and finally regains his place in the team, but only when he accepts his true vocation as a goalie.


This book will definitely appeal to children who have an interest in football. Theo Walcott is a very good writer. The characters and the plot work well together. Readers of this book will not be disappointed!

Travelling Book Fair

The Travelling Book Fair will be arriving in the academy on the 20th – 27th March 2017. Pupils will be able to choose from a variety of items such as books, posters and stationery. These items will appeal to ages and abilities. All items that are purchased will help the academy to obtain new books for our lovely library.