We are introducing a project called ‘I wonder…’ which is aimed to support students by providing them with short stories that will work alongside their subjects in developing their reading ability, comprehension skills and greater understanding of the world around them. Stories are of increasing challenge up to a reading age of 16 years. As your child progresses to increase their ability and confidence with reading short stories and later in the project, an extensive range of novels.
Each short story has comprehension questions and tasks to complete leading up to a final, greater ‘I wonder…’ question where students are encouraged to think about the greater topics and issues within the story and the world around them.
Students that actively engage and take part with this project, reading the short stories made available and completing the tasks, will be entered in to a prize draw to congratulate them on their participation and their enthusiasm for reading a range of texts.
To take part, all information including the texts can be found here. Students will need to log in using their school Microsoft Office 365 account.
Our staff have been reading. We thought we would share our reading through our collective effort to read aloud 1984 by George Orwell. Students are invited to read along as they listen to staff take a chapter each. Ms Henderson, our literacy across the curriculum coordinator, took the lead with chapter 1. The text can be found digitally here.
See the recommended reading list to get you started with your summer reading- found here.
The Day - a free daily topical newsletter for parents. It provides a brief guide to one of the day’s most stimulating debates, with a summary of the news story and the different sides that people are taking. They select links to the best of the highest quality journalism available in the world so that, if you’re interested in current affairs, you will always have something to enrich your day. Especially useful to help students prepare for GCSE English Language.
Planet ebook - this site provides free pdf copies of classic texts. With 82 titles available including H.G Wells, Dickens and Tolstoy plus many more.
Audible audiobooks - This website provides a number of freely accessible audiobooks. It is suitable for many ages but the linked section is for teens.
Virtual School Library with Oak National Academy - in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.