Independent Research Skills
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:
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.
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.
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
Jeff Kinney, Wimpy Kid series
Lincoln Pierce, Big Nate series
Liz Pichon, Tom Gates series
Darren Shan, ZOM-B series
James Dashner, 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
Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson series
Zoe Suggs, Girl Online series
Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games series http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/
Holly Smale, Geek Girl Series
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
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.