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Book of the Week

Key Stage 1
Lost and Found

Author and Illustrator – Oliver Jeffers
Publisher – HarperCollins Publisher

Paperback – 9780007150366
e-Audiobook – 9780007571246

Once there was a boy and one day, he found a penguin at his door…

…he didn’t know where it came from or who it belonged to. The penguin looked sad and the boy thought it must be lost. So, he decided to help it find its way home, even if that meant rowing all the way to the South Pole…

Adorable story, beautifully illustrated. A fantastic journey with two loveable characters.

Key Stage 2
Journey to the River Sea

Author – Eva Ibbotson
Publisher – Pan Macmillan

Paperback – 9781447265689
e-Book – 9780330477444

It is 1910 and Maia, a thirteen-year-old orphan, has been sent from England to live with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey.

This winner of the Smarties Gold Medal, set in an exotic and colourful world, is full of mystery and adventure.

Website of the Week

DK Findout!

Find out about famous explorers and then take the quiz. What was your score?

Take the Explorers Quiz!

Artefact of the Week

Compass - Artefact of the Week


A compass is a device for finding direction. A simple compass is a magnetic needle mounted on a pivot, or short pin. The needle, which can spin freely, always points north. It is one of the most important instruments for navigation.

What is a useful phrase to remember the directions on a compass? Use Ordnance Survey Mapzone to find the answer and learn other map skills.


Answer: Nobody Ever Swallows Whales or Naughty Elephants Squirt Water.

Birds don’t have a compass so how do they find their way home?

Picture/Clip of the Week

Journey to School


Journey to SchoolJourney to School 2

How would you describe the children’s journey to school?

How do these journeys compare with your journey to school?

Challenge of the Week

A to Z of Countries

Can you create an alphabetical list of countries from A to Z.

Start with all the countries you know, then you might need to look for help to fill in any gaps. Are there any letters you cannot fill in?


What do Stephenson’s Rocket, The Flying Scotsman and Mallard have in common?

Which came first? Which holds the record for being the fastest?