School Librarian of the Year

This week, Miss Cleveland, Mrs MacDonald and Mrs Whetstone travelled to London for the finals of the School Librarian of the Year competition. As the only primary school included in the finals, Cannon Park made quite an impression thanks to the efforts of Miss Cleveland the four children, who joined the staff for the day.

Chris Priestly Visit

We were delighted to welcome the author, Chris Priestley, to work with Years 5 & 6. He talked about his life as an author and illustrator, and showed the children how to ‘characterise’ a drawing. We then had a go at drawing ourselves as pirates. Huge thanks to Kenilworth Books and Bloomsbury Children’s Books for bringing Chris to our school for the afternoon.


Relative Clauses

Year 6 have been working hard this afternoon to turn simple sentences into complex sentences using relative clauses. They worked in pairs to identify the nouns in each sentence and adding in suitable relative clauses.



Over the past few weeks, Year 5 have been learning how to play the drums as one big group. It has been great to see such amazing teamwork in action.


Celebration Assembly

It was lovely to hear how the children are demonstrating our Cannon Park Values during assembly this morning. Teamwork came out as a popular value this week. Here are some of our winners:

European Language Day

To celebrate European Language Day, Year 6 made their very own salsa. The children demonstrated excellent teamwork skills as well as discipline in translating the instructions from Spanish. Aside from a few tears while the onions were being chopped, everyone had a great time!

Wildlife Club

A group of adventurous children enjoyed taking part in an informative and exciting after school club to learn more about wildlife. This week, we made bird nests using natural materials found in the school grounds.

Librarian of the Year Finalist

Congratulations to our very own Mrs Cleveland, who has made it onto to the Honour List for the School Library Association (SLA) School Librarian of the Year Award 2018. The SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is the School Library Association’s honour to recognize the “excellent work” that is carried out in school libraries every day and highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.

The SLA said of the librarians: “These are four exceptional school librarians; each has made a huge difference to the lives of the students and people they work with, igniting a passion for reading, setting students on a learning journey, teaching them essential skills, as well as supporting staff and reaching out to the wider community. Any one of these four would be a worthy winner of the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award.”

The work of the librarians will be celebrated at a ceremony held on 9th October 2018 in Covent Garden, when Blue Peter Book Award Winner Lauren St John will announce the SLA School Librarian of the Year 2018.