Diary Dates

Visit by Author Matt Brown KS2


Date: Tuesday 5th Nov
Time: All Day

Author Visit on Tuesday 5th November 2019 – Years 3-6

A visit from an author to a school can be an immensely rewarding experience for all involved – and we are delighted to be given the opportunity to host Matt Brown, author of the Compton Valance books and The Dreary Inkling School series, most recently published – Killer Vending Machines Wrecked My Lunch!  Matt will be talking to Years 3-6 on Tuesday 5th November.

We are sure this will be an inspirational visit and enthuse children about reading and writing. Pupils will benefit from meeting an author in person and will be able to ask questions about Matt’s work.

Children can get a copy of Killer Vending Machines Wrecked My Lunch! signed by the author afterwards. If your child would like a signed copy, please complete the slip below and enclose £6 (the book normally retails at £6.99) and return it to your child’s teacher or the school office by Friday 18th October.

We are very much looking forward to this event


As I’m sure you all know, reading at home is probably the single most important thing a parent can do to support their child’s education. It is proven to make a real difference to educational outcomes. 

We are extremely proud of the importance our families place on reading with their children, from reception all the way up to Year 6, on a regular basis. We are grateful to all our families who read both with and to their child (ren) every day, ask questions about what is being read and then sign reading   records so that we can keep track of reading achievement in school. We love to celebrate reading achievements in class and as part of Celebration Assembly. 

I am therefore delighted to tell you that reading is going to form a central part of our school development plan over the coming year. As English Lead, Mrs Pinnegar is driving new initiatives to continue to promote our love of reading: from suggesting recommended, high quality reading books, relevant to age and stage which build up vocabulary and writing ability; making links with our local Hungerford Book Shop (more information to follow); inviting guest authors to school, to project managing a new library facility in school.  Mrs Gibson and Mrs Jepson are developing a refreshed phonics programme of learning and we have invested in a new stock of fully decodable phonics reading books and guided reading for our younger children.  More information will be sent out over the next few weeks and months which will describe in more detail the implementation and impact of our reading initiatives, however, on behalf of the whole school team, I would like to thank you for your continued reading support at home.


Chilton Foliat CE VA Primary School

Chilton Foliat CE VA Primary School