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Cookham Dean Storytelling Week 2020


We have had a fantastic storytelling week with lots of different storytelling activities.


The week started with our dance workshops based on Where the Wild Things Are (KS1) and The Lorax (KS2). The focus of the workshops was to retell the story through creative movement and dance.


On Tuesday, we had Storytelling Evening, run by the PTA. The children loved coming back to school in their pyjamas and listening to a bedtime with their teacher. The classrooms were very cosy and the evening was topped off with hot chocolate the biscuits Thank you very much PTA ladies!


On Wednesday, the teachers swapped classes and went to read end of day stories to different classes, the teachers and the children really enjoyed having a change of scene and change of teacher for a story!


On Thursday it was World Book Day. We started the day with a reading breakfast. The children really enjoyed having their breakfast at school while reading stories with their friends and families.


The children all looked fantastic in their school uniforms but with a hint of their favourite story character. The children’s hints were very creative and it was great fun guessing each other’s characters.


At 10am, we joined in with Maidenhead’s Big Read, Drop and Read. Everyone in the school stopped what they were doing and read for 10 minutes.


To end the week, we had our Everybody Writes Day.  The children were working on Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack and the Baked Beanstalk. 


KS1 focused in retelling and writing their own versions of Jack and the Beanstalk and KS2 focused on writing newspaper reports for Jack and the Baked Beanstalk, writing the story from the giant’s perspective and writing their own, very imaginative versions of the story.


Thank you to all the parents that came along and worked with their children to support them in their story writing.

Bug Club  Cookham Dean!  


We use Bug Club to support our reading schemes and development of reading. Bug Club is an online reading resource that also has hard copies of books that the children can read in school and at home. 


The children will be reading Bug Club books and using Bug Club books for guided reading and reading comprehension activities and the teachers will be using Bug Club reading assessments to assess your children’s progress and reading attainment. 


The Bug Club scheme provides the children with a user name and password so they can participate in online reading activities and games at home. The children can access Bug Club via the Active Learn Primary Website, where they can select activities and books of their choice. 


Throughout the year, teachers allocate electronic reading books to all children in their classes so the children can read at home via the website. If your child has read all the books in their allocation then please let their class teacher know.


This link gives parents access to lots of free resources and information:
- free resources, for example, common exception word flashcards and powerpoints
- free online games
- information about phonics, multisensory activities for home and the screening test
- how monster phonics works
- additional topical resources


Here is a link to our Meet the Monsters Video which will be useful to parents too.


Everybody Writes!



Throughout the year we have our Everybody Writes days. These are days when the whole school works on the same theme  or stimulus for writing. Each class will approach and carry out the writing in a way that is most appropriate their age group and curriculum aims. Parents are invited into each class to work with their children on their piece of writing. 


We aim to use engaging and stimulating hooks for the writing tasks. We have had a mysterious door appearing outside school, the teachers putting a play for the children based on a well know story and we have alternative versions of traditional tales. 


Look out for the dates of Everybody Writes Days in the school newsletter.




Mysterious door appears outside Cookham Dean!

Mystery Reader!


Reception and Key Stage One love having Mystery Readers!


The aim of ‘Mystery Reader’ is to show children that adults love reading too so we would like to invite parents, grandparents or other family members to come into their child's class to read a children's story. This could be a book you particularly enjoyed reading when you were growing up, a current children's book brought from home or a book selected from the school library. The children will not know who is coming into their class for each session so it will be a surprise when their reader arrives.


Mystery Reader sessions are on Mondays, 2.50pm-3.10pm. If you would like to come in to be a mystery reader then please speak to the class teachers. 


We look forward to seeing you and hearing your stories!

Listening to readers


If you have some spare time during the day and would like to come into school to listen to readers then please speak to the class teacher and the class reps and then Mrs Conibear in the office so she can ensure that all safeguarding procedures are followed. 

Useful Information


Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,

Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.

Tel: 01628 482734.