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Welcome to Mrs. Collins' Literacy Blog - September 2016


Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to Horsenden!

I hope you all had a fantastic summer break. If you are new to the school, I am sure you are going to have a brilliant, happy time here.


Lots of you will already know what a blog is, but if you don’t, it’s an area where you can read about interesting topics (this one is to do with reading and writing), and you can contribute your own thoughts, ideas - and of course, your own writing!




Reading and writing are important skills to have and they kind of go together. The more you read, the better your writing will be. Remember – you need these skills for life, not just for the classroom!

Bring in your Awards!

Did you do a lot of reading over the holidays? Maybe you took part in your local library’s Summer Reading Challenge? This was a challenge to read 6 books over the 6 week break. The challenge this year was called, `The Big Friendly Read' to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl.

If you did this and received a medal and certificate, let your teacher know and I can put your photo on the blog, together with your prizes!


Try the Dream Jar Challenge!



Some of you may have read Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book, ‘The Big Friendly Giant’, or maybe you have been to the cinema to see the film. I went to see it and it was great. There are lots of tense and funny moments, and I, and my children, loved it.



The BFG began life as a scribble in an exercise book? Throughout his life, Roald Dahl kept what he called his 'Ideas Books' - old school exercise books that he used to write down any inspiration for a story that came to him. This is how The BFG began - as a note in one of Roald's books, revisited years later and published when he was 66!

The Ideas Books are now stored in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

Why not keep your own ‘ideas book’ at home? Any ideas you may have for a story, or any piece of writing, can be jotted down in your book, and used whenever you feel like it! I would love to see your ideas book if you want to bring it in. I could even help you write a story based on one of your ideas.

Here's the Dream Jar Challenge...

The BFG steals dreams, keeps them in jars, and then gently blows good dreams into children’s rooms while they’re sleeping.

Now this is your challenge: I would like you to create your own dream jar.

You can collect a dream jar template from your teacher and then describe what happens in your dream and draw a picture to go with it.

Of course, your dream does not have to be real – just use your imagination! Your teachers will pass your dream jar creation to me.

Some members of staff will be creating their own dream jars, too! 

Over the summer, lots of famous people created their own dream jars, such as some members of the royal family, Arsenal Football Club, Simon Cowell and Zoella from YouTube. You were able to follow a trail and find the jars, which were mostly in London. Unfortunately, the trail ended before we returned to school but you can read all about it here.



You have until MONDAY 3RD OCTOBER to create your own dream jar. Make sure you start on your dream jar straightaway. Don't leave it till the last minute!


Don’t forget to READ, READ, READ and WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!

Good Luck with your Dream Jar !


Mrs. Collins 






  • Horsenden Primary School
  • Horsenden Lane North
  • Greenford
  • Middlesex
  • UB6 0PB
  • United Kingdom
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