Remote Reading and Writing
Find free eBooks and eAudiobooks via Richmond Libraries – all you need is internet access and a Richmond Card: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/services/libraries/digital_library
Check out the virtual school library, backed by The National Literacy Trust, at Oak National Academy. Every week there will be a free book: https://library.thenational.academy
The School Reading List is curated by a group of librarians, English teachers, and parents. Explore their recommended reading lists for year groups 7-11: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/secondary-ks3-ks4-reading-lists/
First News is a weekly newspaper suitable for KS3 students. The news is reported in a non-scary way, includes lots of positive stories, and aims to get children engaged. It also features games and puzzles. During lockdown, First News can be downloaded for free here: https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/free-downloadable-issue/
Have you ever wanted to know which title comes next in a children’s book series? If so, check out this handy website: https://childrensbooksequels.co.uk/
Comixology, an Amazon company, has 75000 digital comics, and 700 of them are free: https://www.comixology.co.uk/free-comics
Hay Festival’s free Programme for Schools features videos of over seventy authors: click here
For KS4 students and parents, here are all the BBC programmes about books, grouped in one place: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/literature
For graphic novel inspiration, take a look at http://www.excelsioraward.co.uk/
Barrington Stoke are specialists in creating highly readable books for dyslexic students: Parents and Carers - Barrington Stoke
Have fun creating your own book cover using the Penguin Classics Cover Generator: https://penguin.jos.ht/?fbclid=IwAR1VX1X3-8Ham0nxHFRwvOpclTAE-udV4wn1JJh5OERBr6rjSxmfHUaW0mg
Penguin Talks is a series of free talks for young people on a diverse range of subjects such as How to Challenge Inequality, How to Believe in Yourself and How to Boss Your Mood. The aim is to help equip students for the future by broadening their understanding of various issues. Find them here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/company/creative-responsibility/penguin-talks.html
Creative Writing Competition
All students are invited to enter our creative writing competition. Write an opening chapter of a novel. The choice of subject is yours. Write no more than 1000 words, give it a title, and submit your chapter through your Head of Year team by 4th March 2021 (World Book Day). There will be a prize for each year group.
The competition will be judged by our librarian, Ms. S Wallman, who is also a published author of young adult thrillers. She suggests you might like to bear the following points in mind when writing your chapters: Make sure you have a strong setting. Where is the story taking place? Your main character should have a “want” that is established in this chapter – note that what they want isn’t always what they need! Add little details to make your writing shine (think about what your characters can see/hear/taste/smell/touch). The ending should leave the reader keen to read on.