So have a good Summer Break and I’ll see you nex term.
Students, and staff, are encouraged to borrow books from the MRC over the Summer Break.
The more reading you manage to do over the holiday period the less likely your reading level will drop.
After all practice makes perfect and reading is just like any other skill if you don’t practice you can get rusty.
Dripping in blood, this is a story of family secrets so terrible that they shouldn’t be uncovered…Rowan and Clara think they are ordinary teenagers. They live quietly with their ordinary Mum and Dad doing all the things that their friends do. But, the Radley parents are hiding a secret; they are abstaining vampires and, one day, their abstinence will fail. Rowan’s teenage anxieties and sense of being an outsider take on a whole new dimension in this insight story of adolescence with a difference.
A charming and magical adventure story that is full of wisdom, warmth and understanding. Orphaned Maia is sent off to stay with her relatives far, far away in the heart of the Amazon jungle. She’s excited by the prospect of living such an inspiring place but soon finds that life with her twin cousins Gwendolyn and Beatrice is torture. How Maia escapes and thrives with the help of her redoubtable governess is a glorious drama against a magical background.
An edgy and contemporary thriller about the life changing dangers of knife crime – and that’s just for the witness. When Ty tells the police what he has seen, his life is changed forever. His enemies are ruthless and will stop at nothing to prevent Ty from testifying. Given a new look, new names and a new past, Ty and his mother make a fresh start. But forgetting Ty and remembering to be Joe is hard. Ty tells his story of familiar teenage experiences – school friendships, bullying, falling in love – against a terrifying background in which letting out the secret could mean the end. How Joe survives and grows and, in particular, how he befriends the lonely Claire whose self-harming is an equally important secret, is touching.
Here is the ‘Podcast’ for the MRC Inter-form Competition 2010-2011
Again well done to C ABa and can anyone beat them next year?
Accurate refencing is a key part of research, and Bibliography Creator is one example of web tools availbale to you to help you create a bibliography. It uses the Harvard style of referencing.
Simply choose a type of reference from the list below and then add all the data into the boxes. Once completed you can copy and paste the refernce into your bibliography – remembering to list these alphabetically.
Remember you can use the MRC Resources Found Guide to help you record what you use as you use it – and this guide can be filled in on your computer or printed out for you to use.
New Booked Up titles revealed…
The 17 book titles that will be on offer to all Year 7 pupils in England from September 2011 are now online at Booked Up, which is celebrating its fifth year.
The programme will deliver 650,000 free books from a list that includes winners of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award.
Our Year 7 students will again be able to choose which book they want during the Term 2.
The 2011 Booked Up book list:
* Pumpkin Grumpkin by John Agard and Grace Nichols
* The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch * Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari * How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
* The Ghost Box by Catherine Fisher
* The Kick Off by Dan Freedman
* Mortlock by Jon Mayhew
* Why is Snot Green? by Glenn Murphy
* Big Nate – The Boy with the Biggest Head in the World by Lincoln Peirce
* Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John
* Frankie Foster: Fizzy Pop by Jean Ure
* The Truth About Leo by David Yelland
* Boffin Boy and the Wizard of Edo by David Orme and Peter Richardson
* Little Bo Peep has Knickers That Bleep by Laurence Anholt & Arthur Robins
* The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson
* You Choose by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt * Don’t You Dare, Dragon! by Annie Kubler
Keep your eye peeled for further information later in the year on how to claim your free book.
I’m popping into Year 9 BTEC Science lessons this week to advise them how to research more quickly and find the best, most reliable sources of information. Freeing them up to do the things they want to do!
We’ve been looking at the pitfalls of relying on Wikipedia (unreliable, who created the information and having to check the information in more reliable sources).
The inefficiencies of Search Engines like Google – which roughly only searches 3% of the information available on the web – and still brings you a hit list of thousands of articles, that no one has the time or the willpower to read through.
Instead I reminded the students about the Oliver Homepage, Searching for keywords to find the best books and websites on our database, and showing them some of the online databases they can use courtesy of the MRC. I gave quick demonstrations of Britannica Online; NewsBank; InfoTrac and Clipbank; plus I pointed out the guides to referencing and bibliographies.
They spent the rest of the lesson researching topics like electromagnetic spectrum and BP Oil Spills and were able to find videos and newspaper articles as well as books and websites. Cool.
Let’s hope they remember the next time they are set some research based work.
Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form, and may therefore contain material not suitable for all students. (Just like the newspapers themselves!)
Browse the front pages of over 800 newspapers from 86 countries.
The Newseum keeps an archive of national and international front pages that chronicle events of historical significance. However due to copyright the front pages only go back to 2003.
To introduce our Year 6 students to some of the basic research skills (Information Literacy) needed when using books we have teamed up with Humanities to help deliver a Yr 6 Induction Activity that we have successfully run together for the past few years.
Basically we provide several resource boxes that contain the relevant books which would give the answers to a list of questions.
The questions are all based upon a named Continent and include a Geographical, Historical and Religious based question.
MRC Staff work alongside the teacher in the classroom with the students to help them to select Keywords; use Contents Page; Indexes and make notes.
A really nice, simple but effective session for Year 6’s.