Keep Reading Through Lockdown

Our Campus Librarian, Miss Wooldridge, has put together this fantastic resource of free reading activities and material to keep our pupils busy through lockdown. Happy reading everyone!

Oak National Academy Book of the Week

This week, Oak National Academy have released another fantastic free book to read or listen to in their virtual library:

‘Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon’ (by Sally Gardner) tells the story of Betsy (a mermaid’s daughter) and her adventure with a tiger and his troupe of acrobats! Recommended for aged 7yrs upwards.

World Book day Author and Illustrator Academy

This week sees the launch of the 2021 World Book Day Author and Illustrator Academy!

Filled with masterclass videos, challenges and extracts from the 2021 World Book Day £1 book authors and illustrators on topics such as how to make your own picture-book theatre, imagining a wild adventure tale and even how to draw dinosaurs!

https://www.worldbookday.com/online-masterclasses/

Where’s Wally Fun Run for the National Literacy Trust 20-21st March

This fun event will not only raise money for the National Literacy Trust and their work  supporting children’s literacy across the UK but is also a great chance for some mindful exercise outdoors! Run, jog or walk a 1k, 5k or 10k route close to your home, dressed in Wally’s famous red and white stripes of course! You can take part anywhere and at any time during the weekend of 20-21st March.

Check out the link below for more details of how to sign up and participate:

https://literacytrust.org.uk/events/wheres-wally-weekender/?mc_cid=e5dcd6a8a2&mc_eid=f679241633

Child Psychologist Tina Rae on supporting your child’s mental health

As this week has been Children’s Mental Health Week, take a look at this helpful article from the Booktrust on preventative strategies to help you and your children with the stresses and anxieties of this current lockdown period:

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-features/features/2021/january/its-ok-not-to-be-ok-top-tips-for-managing-your-childs-anxiety/

New online gallery of illustrations by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The duo who brought us such memorable stories as ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on a Broom’ have created some fantastic new images of their characters dealing with life in lockdown to help children understand the pandemic and perhaps start conversations about their experiences. Access the gallery using the following link:

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-features/features/2021/january/julia-donaldson-and-axel-scheffler-brighten-lockdown-with-more-new-coronavirus-pictures/