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.

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

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

Anthony Horowitz,      Power of 5 series

Charlie Higson,      Enemy series

Rick Riordan,         Percy Jackson series

Zoe Suggs,       Girl Online series

Suzanne Collins,    Hunger Games series

Holly Smale,     Geek Girl Series 
She does not have a website but you can contact her publisher at w

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 - Sciences and maths are strong here with links to all the exam board sites. - You must know this already! - 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. – Well known popular site on which you must register. – A highly comprehensive site going through KS3 to KS5. – 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.