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GCS Recommends

It can be challenging staying at home – what seemed exciting on Day 1 can quickly become repetitive.  We know that many people want recommendations and so the Gladesmore team have been working hard to put together books, films, TV shows, podcasts, games, puzzles which can help to keep you busy. Please enjoy from a range of recommendations suggested by your teachers at Gladesmore! 


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"Hunger Games"  by Suzanne Collins (Dystopian Fantasy)
Recommended by SNN

Katniss volunteers to help her sister in a tournament that ends only when one participant remains. Pitted against contestants who have trained for this all their life, she has little to rely on.

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"1984"  by George Orwell (Dystopian fiction)
Recommended by JPY

For older readers. A vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime.

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"The Boundless"  by Kenneth Opal (Adventure)
Recommended by JPY

For younger readers. The Boundless train is on its maiden voyage across the country. When first-class passenger Will Everett gets the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. To survive, Will joins a travelling circus, helped by ringmaster leader Mr. Dorian, and Maren, a girl his age and an expert escape artist.

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"Wilding" by Isabella Tree (Non-fiction, Geography, Science)
Recommended by CLN

An account of what happens when you stop farming land and leave it to return to its ‘natural’ state.
A must for any student interested in the environment and the natural world.

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"I Capture The Castle" by Dodie Smith (Comedy, Heart Warmer)
Recommended by UTL

A story of an eccentric family living in a dilapidated castle in 1930s England. Their dreams, struggles and strength will lift anyone’s spirits.

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"Tortilla Flat" by John Steinbeck (Fiction)
Recommended by MMZ

The story of Danny, a Mexican-American man living in California after World War I.

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"A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness (Fantasy)
Recommended by SNN

Conor, a 12-year old boy, encounters an ancient tree monster who proceeds to help him cope with his mother’s terminal illness and being bullied in school. (Also a 2016 film)

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"Artemis Fowl" by Eoin Colfer (Fantasy, Action)
Recommended by SNN

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year old genius and descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds.
He soon finds himself in an epic battle against a race of powerful underground fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.

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"I am David" by Anne Holm (Historical, Fiction)
Recommended by SCS

A young boy with the help of a prison guard surviving life in a concentration camp

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"Strange Meeting" - Susan Hill (Historical, Fiction)
Recommended by MMZ

Strange Meeting is a novel by Susan Hill about the First World War. The title of the book is taken from a poem by the poet Wilfred Owen.

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"On The Map: Why The World Looks The Way It Does" by Simon Garfield (Geography, History)
Recommended by CLN

The history of maps – how they have shaped and aligned our world.

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"The Snow Tourist" by Charlie English (Non-fiction, Geography)
Recommended by CLN

Charlie English goes in a search of the best snow on the plant.


Image result for Blues Brothers poster "Blues Brothers" (Music, Comedy)
Recommended by GGL

Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised. Blues Music. Featuring musical numbers by R&B, soul, and blues singers James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker.
An Inspector Calls (TV Movie 2015) - IMDb "An Inspector Calls" (Drama, Detective Story)
Recommended by UTL

An Inspector visits a well-to-do family to disturb their peace and comfort forever.
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"Freedom Writers" (True to life)
Recommended by SNN

Set in an American High School in the 1990s, we follow the troubled lives of the students of Mrs Gruel’s English class.

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"The Imitation Game" (Drama)
Recommended by GGL

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

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"School of Rock" (Music, Comedy)
Recommended by GGL

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn them into a rock band.

BBC iPlayer  

"Noughts + Crosses" (Drama)
Recommended by JPY + SSN
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Adaptation of Malorie Blackman's 2001 novel of the same name. Sephy and Callum are childhood friends whose relationship blossoms into romance. However, they live in a contemporary dystopian society divided by colour with strict race laws. Sephy, a `Cross', is a member of the black ruling class, whereas Callum is a `Nought', a white member of the underclass, making them truly star-crossed lovers.

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"Horizon" (Science, Geography)
Recommended by CLN
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Almost all of these are worth watching. Of particular relevance to the Geography curriculum:
· Antarctica: Documentary following the lives of those building a polar research station
· Volcanoes of the Solar System: Volcanologists use volcanoes in Iceland to explain how volcanoes operate all across the solar system

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Race Across The World (Reality, Travel)
Recommended by SCS
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Competition in which teams race across the world to be the fastest to reach their destination

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"War and Peace" (War, Costume Drama)
Recommended by UTL
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An incredible chronicle of the French invasion of Russia at the beginning of 19th Century. Sweeping landscapes, beautiful costumes and human emotions across six episodes.

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"Sherlock" (Crime)
Recommended by SCS
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British detective series based on the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle

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"Climate Change: The Facts" (Geography)
Recommended by CLN
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David Attenborough looks at the Science of Climate Change and explores its possible impact on human populations and the natural world.

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"His Dark Materials" (Drama)
Recommended by MMZ, SNN
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Secrets and dangers lie ahead for young Lyra Belacqua in an epic tale of stolen children and the mysterious substance of Dust. Adaptation of Philip Pullman’s best-selling trilogy.

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"Planet Earth" (Documentary )
Recommended by KML

BBC iPlayer - Planet Earth II - 3. Jungles
Nature; Geography; Science; Photography; Beauty; Violence.... watch in awe as the Natural World is brought to your TV

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"Nature" (Documentary )
Recommended by KML

BBC iPlayer - Africa - 1. Kalahari
David Attenborough travels all over Africa looking at nature in its beauty and its cruelty

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Chasing Coral (Documentary)
Recommended by CLN 
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Divers and photographers set out to find out why the world’s coral reefs are disappearing.

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Outnumbered (Comedy)
Recommended by UTL
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Acutely observed day-to-day lives of a very busy and incredibly funny British family.

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Explained (Documentary)
Recommended by CLN 
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20 minute episodes which explore particular concepts. We recommend: World’s Water Crisis

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Our Planet (Nature Documentary)
Recommended by SCS, CLN
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A series focussing on animal conservation

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"The Boy Harnessed The Wind" (Drama)
Recommended by SCS
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Based on a true story of a boy in Malawi who learns about energy production.

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Trending French and Spanish Films
Recommended by GPR

Check out our recommendations of what's trending now on Netflix in Spain and France.

Amazon Prime Video 

"All or Nothing" (Sport)
Recommended by SCS
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A series of sport documentaries following different teams including Manchester City

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"Modern Family" (Comedy)
Recommended by UTL
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A light but heartfelt take on modern day families in California.

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"Wild Alaska" (Nature Documentary)
Recommended by SCS
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Alaska’a diverse specifies surviving through extreme weather

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Trending French and Spanish Films
Recommended by GPR

Check out our recommendations of what's trending now on Amazon Prime Video in Spain and France.


Popular French and Spanish Music
Recommended by GPR

Check out some of the best hits in Spanish or French, as recommended by the languages faculty.

Click to follow "mflgcs" on Spotify to find out more.

Puzzles and Games 

We all need a break sometimes, and what better way to spend your downtime than enjoying a game with a friend. Check out some of the free games available to play below.

Puzzles Daily Sudoku puzzles, ranging from easy to expert levels of difficulty. Over 40,000 crossword puzzles! Work on your own or complete the same puzzle with a friend. Clear a rectangular board containing hidden "mines" or bombs without detonating any of them, with help from clues about the number of neighbouring mines in each field. You sunk my battleship! Play with a friend online or against the computer.

Board Games Chess! Play with a friend online or against the computer.


A free multiplayer First Person Shooter. Play with friends in team based games or go solo in free for all! Level up to unlock new skins and titles and more.

You play as a tiny cell on a Petri dish. Your goal is to absorb smaller cells, helping you to grow, all without being swallowed by larger cells yourself!
Play with friends in team based games or go solo in free for all! Battle Royale is a web game that takes the last-player-standing concept of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The game also supports two or four player team modes, and can be played on mobile browsers as well. The objective of the game is to grow the longest worm in the server. is similar in concept to the popular 2015 web game and is reminiscent of the classic arcade game Snake A free, multiplayer MOBA-shooter. Play as a variety of different units, including tanks, mechs and aircraft. Level up your unit by destroying enemy units. A free site that lets you play thousands of classic PC games and computer games directly online in your web browser. Pong with a twist! Play with a friend or against a...bear?

Drawing Pictionary! Every round someone has to draw their chosen word and others have to guess it to gain points! The person with the most points at the end of game will then be crowned as the winner! Get up to 12 of your friends together to play!


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