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We were delighted to receive these lovely poetry anthologies in the post today! Following our participation in the #youngstokepoets project, our students have had poems published along with those from other local schools. Thank you National Literacy Trust, #royalbritishlegion and National Memorial Arboretum for the Remembrance Glade experience which we all found very moving and inspirational. ... See MoreSee Less
Holocaust Memorial Day today is marked by children's author, Tom Palmer, and the National Literacy Trust with **live readings** of his novel, **After the War.**
Read the blurb below and find out more at:
Summer 1945. The Second World War is finally over and Yossi, Leo and Mordecai are among three hundred children who arrive in the English Lake District.
Having survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, they’ve finally reached a place of safety and peace, where they can hopefully begin to recover.
Will life by the beautiful Lake Windermere be enough to bring hope back into all their lives? ... See MoreSee Less
Explore the roles of the RAF within an immersive hangar with an opportunity to discover information on key roles, as well as chat live with a specialist RAF recruiter.
All from the comfort of your own home.
To book a place please see the link below.
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raf-virtual-event-access-all-areas-tickets-223254599517?aff=FlyerEng ... See MoreSee Less
The Reading Agency have a Reading Well for children booklist, created to support the mental health of children and teenagers.
The list covers areas such as anxiety, bereavement and bullying with books by Michael Rosen, Tom Percival, Zanib Mian and Joseph Coelho selected by leading mental health experts to support the mental health and wellbeing of children.
If you think your child needs support, find out more about how reading can help ease mental health and look for appropriate books here:
readingagency.org.uk/news/media/the-reading-agency-launches-reading-well-for-children-booklist-to... ... See MoreSee Less
***Not Without A Fight* by Ramla Ali**
Ramla Ali, the first Somali boxer ever to compete at the Olympic Games, was born in Mogadishu, shortly before the outbreak of a brutal civil war. After her eldest brother was killed by a grenade while playing in the garden, the family embarked on a perilous journey to leave - first to Kenya, where they survived on Unicef food rations, and later to the UK where they claimed asylum.
In London, Ramla first took up boxing to lose weight while a teenager, trying to keep it a secret from her Muslim relatives. But her love of boxing was stronger than any family disapproval, and she kept at it, winning her first fight in 2011. Since then she’s graduated with a First in Law from SOAS University in London, become an Elle cover girl (she models part-time to make enough money to support her boxing career) and written her first book. ... See MoreSee Less
For two summers the exam halls stood empty but 2022 looks like being a return to "normal"! 🤞
Reading skills are a key element of the English Language GCSEs and if you would like to find out more about what they look like, or if you wish to support your child as they start to think about revising, why not take a look at the BBC Bitesize page? Here you can see what skills are needed and learn more about how to approach the exams. There are even practice questions you could try together!
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4 ... See MoreSee Less
This is a taster of the new books released into the shops and libraries this New Year. If you want to read them, let Mrs Belt or Mrs Adams know and we can order them in for you! Read more about them here:
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Following updated government guidance please see the latest self-isolation changes below. ... See MoreSee Less
Today is Martin Luther King Day, observed in America every year on the third Monday of January. King was an influential civil rights leader — best known for his work on racial equality and ending racial segregation in the United States. His life and achievements are remembered and celebrated on this day. His words changed history and his most famous "I Have a Dream" speech is one we often turn to in English lessons when looking at persuasive and emotive language. ... See MoreSee Less
Why not try the National Literacy Trust's really useful Words that Count, a financial resilience campaign empowering 16-25 year-olds across the UK to make good **financial decisions by developing their literacy skills**. Every fortnight they will be discussing a new topic and giving young people the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher! Find out more at:
wordsforlife.org.uk/zone-in/words-count/ ... See MoreSee Less
When we received some new books in the Discovery Library, I was so excited to find the latest Scott Mariani novel, **The Pandemic Plot**. If you loved Alex Rider, then these exciting and gripping stories are the books for you! Here is a taster of the the plot:
"When ex-SAS major Ben Hope is urgently recalled to the UK from his base in France to assist with a family crisis, little does he know that he’s about to be drawn into one of the most dangerous missions of his career: his son Jude has been accused of murder, and all the evidence points to his guilt.
To prove Jude’s innocence Ben embarks on a wild chase, facing up against mysterious killers and piecing together a fragile web of clues. What connects an all-female criminal gang from the early 1900s called the Forty Elephants, a century-old vendetta and a shadowy government conspiracy that claimed millions of innocent lives?
Along the way Ben teams up with his former acquaintance, rugged Detective Tom McAllister. They’re heading for a showdown in the wilds of Cornwall, and the villains have no intention of letting Ben come out of it alive . . ." ... See MoreSee Less
A useful guide to self-isolation for those who test positive for COVID-19 ... See MoreSee Less
To support critical services Stoke-on-Trent Libraries have not yet re-opened this January as planned.
They will continue to run a Click, Call and Collect service, which allows customers to request books and arrange an appointment to collect items from their local library.
They will also continue to offer their vital Homelink service - which delivers books to the homes of anyone in Stoke-on-Trent that struggles to leave their home due to health and mobility issues.
More information: librariesonline.stoke.gov.uk/iguana/www.main.cls?surl=Welcome ... See MoreSee Less
A new year is often the time when we set ourselves challenges and resolutions for the year ahead. If you are not interested in the array of "self help" books that often hit the bookshops in January, why not try Long Way Down which recounts the trials and troubles faced by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman when they took on the challenge of 18 countries and 15, 000 miles all on motorbikes! Find a copy in The Discovery Library today! ... See MoreSee Less