Independent Research Skills

The LRC Manager, Miss Grant, will soon be offering Research and Citing lessons to any student who wishes to learn.

In the meantime, the following sites will give you some hints and tips on how to research the Internet more effectively helping you make sure you can trust the information you find on the web.

http://www.sweetsearch.com/TenSteps

Below is a really useful tutorial on what goes on beneath the surface of Wikipedia and the pitfalls of using it as your only source of information.

Wiki tutorial (NCSU)

In addition there is valuable information on what constitutes plagiarism whilst this publication shows you how to cite your sources of information in a bibliography at the end of a piece of work so that you can avoid plagiarism.

Reading Websites

These authors and their series of books have been extremely popular with our year 7 and 8 students this past year. Here is a list of the most popular

J. K. Rowling,      Harry Potter series
http://www.pottermore.com/

Jeff Kinney,      Wimpy Kid series     
http://www.wimpykid.com/

Lincoln Pierce,    Big Nate series    
http://www.bignatebooks.com/books/

Liz Pichon  Tom Gates series       
http://www.lizpichon.co.uk/books/

Darren Shan,    ZOM-B series      
http://www.darrenshan.com/

James Dashner,      Maze Runner series 
http://dashnerarmy.com/the-maze-runner-series/

Jonathan Meres,      World of Norm series http://www.jonathanmeres.com/

Anthony Horowitz,      Power of 5 series http://www.anthonyhorowitz.com/

Charlie Higson,      Enemy series 
http://www.charliehigson.co.uk/

Rick Riordan,         Percy Jackson series 
http://rickriordan.com/

Zoe Suggs,       Girl Online series 
http://www.zoella.co.uk/

Suzanne Collins,    Hunger Games series http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/

Holly Smale,     Geek Girl Series 
She does not have a website but you can contact her publisher at w
ww.harpercollins.co.uk/cr-104009/holly-smale/

Book Trailers

Check out these trailers for some of the latest books!

 

Zoe Sugg – Girl Online: On Tour

 

 

Jacqueline Wilson – Opal Plumstead

 

 

Rick Riordan – Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus

 

 

Jonathan Stroud - Lockwood & Co. Hauntings Are Our Business
Interactive Game

 

 

Top Revision Sites

www.gcse.com - Sciences and maths are strong here with links to all the exam board sites. 

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize - You must know this already!

www.coursework.info - A useful site for course work which gives a variety of good quality essays by which students and benchmark their own. “An all round wicked website.” - GCSE student.

www.s-cool.co.uk – Well known popular site on which you must register.

www.u2learn.com – A highly comprehensive site going through KS3 to KS5.

www.projectgcse.co.uk – Includes chat forums where you can find support from other members.

LRC - Help for Parents

So what can parents do at home to help their child's reading?

Read to them, read with them, talk to them about their reading material – read it yourself so you can discuss it!

Buy books and other reading material for them to read with you, or sign up to your local public library for free.

We have a C2C bi-monthly brochure of books with great discounts published by Scholastic for the students to choose from and buy from the LRC or online.

If you have children of differing ages get the older ones to read to their younger siblings – we have a collection of picture books available for loan in the LRC just for this purpose.

Every Year the LRC hosts a Lads and Dads and Mothers and Daughters morning where parents come together with their children to enjoy some down time reading with each other and playing literacy games organised and lead by the student literacy leaders.