Reading for Pleasure
Our staff share some of their favourite books - the ones we enjoy reading outside of school that aren't always about our subjects!
b) Miss Sidney reads 'Under Milk Wood'
This is an emotive and hilarious account of a spring day in the fictional Welsh seaside village of Llareggub. We learn of the inhabitants' dreams and desires, their loves and regrets. The play introduces us to characters such as Captain Cat who dreams of his drowned former seafellows and Nogood Boyo who dreams of nothing at all. It is a unique and touching depiction of a village that has 'fallen head over bells in love'.
d) Mrs Heron reads 'Home Schooling'
An insight into the work primary school children have to do at home during lockdown. This is a worksheet about suffixes and the rules about how to use them.
e) Mrs Graham reads 'Rebel Girls'
What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.
g) Mrs Howells reads 'The Book Thief'
It is 1939. In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier - and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library . . . wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times, and when Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, nothing will ever be the same again.
h) Mr Thompson reads 'Sully'
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a remarkable emergency landing when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. Sully's story is one of dedication, hope, and preparedness, revealing the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot. It reminds us all that, even in these days of conflict, tragedy and uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for—that life's challenges can be met if we're ready for them.
i) Miss Marshall reads 'The Silence of the Lambs'
The serial killer nicknamed 'Buffalo Bill' has been capturing and starving women, then murdering and skinning them. FBI rookie Clarice Starling is assigned to solicit help from imprisoned psychopath Dr Hannibal 'the Cannibal' Lecter, whose insight into the depraved minds of serial killers is second to none.
k) Mrs Claydon reads 'Cinderella'
In Roald Dahl's version, Cindy defies her Ugly Sisters, meets a magic fairy and lands a dance with the prince at the palace ball. So far so good! But far from being the perfect gentleman, the prince turns out to a perfect beast and chops off the heads of Cindy's meddling sisters… The magic fairy grants Cindy one more wish but what will she do to escape her sticky predicament?