Dear friends, what a difference two months make. Re-reading my start-of-year newsletter, it seems absurdly carefree. All of us are affected by the various challenges presented by Covid-19. It is good to see friends and neighbours pulling together to help vulnerable members of their communities.
The closure of schools means that all of my school events this term have been cancelled or postponed. I do hope to offer virtual school visits at some stage. Watch this space for videoed talks and workshops.
A LOT of children’s books are going to get read over the next few weeks. If you can’t get to a library, the Libby app is brilliant in bringing your library to you.
For parents needing further literacy resources, the industrious librarian Mr Maxwell at Glenthorne School has compiled this useful list:
Reading & Literacy Resources
Authorfy (www.authorfy.com) Free to join, contains several videos of authors reading from their books, creative writing challenges and much more.
Book List (https://bit.ly/3b6O8oY) A searchable list of over 200 books that are popular at Glenthorne. Unless otherwise stated, all books are suitable for ages 11+.
Booklings Chat (www.soundcloud.com/booklingschat) Hear Glenthorne students interview 30 different authors when they visited the school.
BookTrust Book Finder (www.booktrust.org.uk Click “Books & Reading” then “Book Finder”) Great resource on finding books on a wide variety of genres.
British Library (https://bit.ly/33tLmas) Make your own mini book with instructions from the British Library.
English Media Centre (https://bit.ly/2xInjsE) Free Home Learning Pack for Key Stage 3 students.
Goodreads (www.goodreads.com) Free to join, students can write their own reviews of books they have read, find book lists, take part in quizzes and discover new books to read.
Grammar Cereal (www.classroomcereal.com) Practice your grammar with downloadable short stories.
NPR Comic on Coronavirus: (https://n.pr/33s261Q) A short comic book and 3 minute podcast for kids that will help dispel fears, bust myths and reduce panic surrounding the coronavirus.
Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org) Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free e-books in various formats.
Reading Realm (www.thereadingrealm.co.uk) Creative writing resources that can be used with a free app.
Reading Zone (www.readingzone.com) Book reviews, competitions and activities for all ages.
Scholastic Learn at Home (https://bit.ly/33rFZss) Four new learning experiences posted every day for a wide range of ages.
Toppsta (www.toppsta.com) Giveaways and hundreds of book reviews and activities for a wide variety of ages.
Warmest good wishes to you and yours. Keep home, keep well, keep reading.