Pemberley Reading Quest

It’s time to set off – on the Pemberley Reading Quest!

At Pemberley Academy we take an utmost pride in the love for reading that our children and staff have.

To encourage reading for pleasure we have put together the ‘Pemberley Reading Quest’. The quest includes 6 books per year group chosen by the staff at Pemberley. These books are in our opinion fantastic and must reads for children across their primary school lives.

We hope this quest can inspire, guide and help your child’s love of reading grow. Many of the titles are available in our school library but we do encourage use of local libraries where possible.

Check out the launch video on our youtube channel:

The books chosen for the Quest are as follows:

· Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
· Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
· A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell
· There’s a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins
· Penguin by Molly Dunbar
· The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Year 1
· The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
· Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
· Elmer by David McKee
· Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
· Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
· We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Year 2
· Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown and Scott Nash
· Not Now Bernard by David Mckee
· The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
· Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
· The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
· The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

Year 3
· There’s A Yeti In the Playground! By Pamela Butchart with Thomas Flintham
· Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts by Kevin Tsang with Nathan Reed
· The Savage Stone Aage by Terry Deary and Martin Brown
· Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl with Quentin Blake
· The 13 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths with Terry Denton
· The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka with Lane Smith

Year 4
· Michael Rosen’s A-Z: The best children’s poetry from Asgard to Zephaniah
· Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
· Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
· A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond with Peggy Fortnum
· Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
· Unexpected Twist by Michael Rosen with Tony Ross

Year 5
· The Outlaw Varjak Paw by SF Said with Dave McKean
· Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
· Charlottes Webb by E.B White with Garth Williams
· The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
· King of the Forest Clouds by Michael Morpurgo
· A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Year 6
· Holes by Louis Sachar
· Cogheart by Peter Bunzl
· Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen
· The 1000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford
· The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman with Chris Riddell
· Skellig by David Almond

Happy reading.
Pemberley team.

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Junior Parkrun

Pemberley made the news again, check out the article on!

TWO members of the Harlow junior parkrun core team were busy last week visiting three primary schools in Harlow to spread the word about how wonderful Harlow junior parkrun is!

The children at Katherines Primary Academy, Harlowbury Primary School and Pemberley Academy Primary School heard about how junior parkrun is a free, weekly timed 2km run in Harlow Town Park for children aged between 4 and 14.

They learnt about how they need to register in advance and print out their personal barcode to bring each week. Children from each school were chosen to take on the roles of the volunteers who help out every week. They were run directors, marshals, time keepers and more! They also heard about the wristbands given out to participants for various achievements.

Finally the children, and staff, joined in with the warm up they do each week before starting the run.

They are booked into three more school in the next few weeks and are happy to make more appointments if other schools would like them to visit.

Please get in touch by emailing

They hope these visits mean lots of new faces in Town Park, by the Llamas at Pets Corner, on Sunday at 9am!! (Visit for all details and how to register in advance)

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Wales Day 4

Our last full day today and what a day it’s been.  
We started by waking Tyler up to wish him a happy birthday before breakfast, the proceeded to eat our way through mountains of Bacon, eggs, sausages, beans and toast.
We’ve done raft building, Abseiling and bush craft today. The Bushcraft taught us how to survive in the wild and we were lighting fires and building shelters. The raft building meant we had to work as a team otherwise we’d sink and for the Abseiling we just needed to be brave.
We’ve just had a room inspection from the teachers and have packed our things ready for the off tomorrow. We’re not done quite yet though as we are having a camp fire tonight after we’ve had our roast dinner and crumble.
We’re leaving at 10am tomorrow and the teachers have told us that we’ll be home to you between 3.30-4pm, we have really missed you all. Mr Coster has told us that he’ll update you on our journey via Parentmail (whatever that means!)
See you soon. All our love.
Year 6.


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Wales Day 3

Hello Mums and Dads,
Sorry this is a bit late.
Another great day today, we swapped over activities and did what we didn’t have a chance to do yesterday, that was after we’d had waffles for breakfast. The weather wasn’t as good today, imagine it raining in Wales eh? This meant that the group that went out had to be a little more careful in the caves but it made the Waterfall we saw look just magnificent.
We’ve been out playing tonight, the teachers beat us at football but you can’t win them all.
We’re just spending another half hour playing some board games and relaxing in front of a film before we hit the sack. Tomorrow we’re abseiling, learning to survive in the wild and building rafts. 
We miss you all but we’re having a fabulous time.
Love you all.

Year 6. X


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Wales day 2

Our first full day has been eventful!
We woke up to wish Kourosh a happy birthday, the boys sharing his room weren’t too happy that he woke up at 6am to open his gifts! We then tucked into a full English breakfast and then split into 2 groups for a day of hill walking, mountains, caves and waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons. Some of us stayed back at base to Kayak, using the indoor climbing wall and cave.
The day has been brilliant, so many lovely moments. We got wet, we were scared, we needed to work physically hard and trust ourselves and everyone around us.
We’re currently raiding the tuck shop and are looking forward to dinner later. 
This evening we’re going to play some sports, indoor games and we’ll have a quiz before getting a good nights sleep. We’re swapping activities tomorrow so we’ll do the things we didn’t do today and we can’t wait.
Love you very much.
Year 6.

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Wales Day 1

Wales – Day #1
We’ve had a great first day.
The drive went perfectly and we stopped off twice, once for toilets and once for lunch. We arrived just after 2pm and our instructors gave us a tour and a welcome talk before we made our own beds and settled into our rooms. Everyone was happy about who they got to share with.
We’ve spent this afternoon walking the river, something we loved. It was slimy, slippy and because of the rain the river was running really quickly. We worked in 3’s and one of us was blindfolded, some of us got very, very wet but the suits, wellies and helmets we were given helped keep us dry and safe.
We’re currently having some time in our rooms before dinner at 6, we can choose Pasta or Chicken Pie tonight. We’re then going to relax and watch a film before lights out at 9pm, we’ll need the sleep, tomorrow is a busy day!
Speak to you all soon.
All our love – Year 6.

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Pemberley All Stars Club

Looking for something to do over May half term but you’re not the sporty type? We’ve got you covered.

In addition to our regular sports camp we’ll now be offering an All Stars club, run by our teaching staff, that will focus on a huge number of creative activities for all children and at only £10 per child per day, at an affordable price.

Contact details are on the poster and this is open to children at all schools across the town.

Pemberley All Stars Club Poster – Email, call the office on 01279 215745, or contact Miss West, Miss Carnegie or Miss Lewis
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