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Reading is one of the best ways that you can spend time when you are away from school.  Reading will improve your academic ability but will also help you to escape to another place entirely. Whilst the school is closed, we encourage you to read as much as possible.  There are many Ebooks and Audiobooks which you can access (check out the AR link below and the other Book / Audiobook links in this section)

If you read a book which is on AR, please do quiz using the links below.  We will be rewarding enthusiastic readers on our return.  However, if you are enjoying a book (and it is not on AR), please read and enjoy it.  ALL books will contribute to the raising of your reading age and the development of knowledge to support your studies.  

Accelerated Reader 

AR Quiz Link:

AR Library:

A special note for Year 7 and Year 7 parents
We have had a detailed look at our library and at what is on AR to find books which are particularly suited to your curriculum.  Please find below a list of books and quizzes which are particularly well-matched to the Y7 curriculum offer. 

These are the books that we recommend your children read, as they are closely linked to the curriculum and would benefit them when they return to school. Please continue to encourage your children to keep reading for pleasure.

Subject Book Title Author Quiz no
Maths Murderous Maths N/A 206510
The mean and vulgar bits (fractions)
  Murderous Maths N/A 206507
The secrets of probability
English London Anita Ganeri 232481
  Boy tales of childhood Roald Dahl 200434
  Taming of the shrew Andrew Mattthews 215267
Science Cells Richard Spilsbury 225124
  Solar System Mike Goldsmith 207229
  Discovering the Solar System Peter Grego 212858
  Adventures in Sound with Max Axiom, Super Scientist Emily Sohn 216443
  The illuminating world of light with Max Axiom Emily Sohn 216451
  What is Light ? Mark Weakland 236186
  Light and sound Mike Goldsmith 211008
History The Battle of Hastings John Malam 208063
  Medieval Life John Guy 206614
  The Tudors, Kings, Queens Scribes and Ferrets Marcia Williams 229297
  The Tudors Jillian Powell 221365
  Life in Tudor Times Brian Williams 217657
  Tudor Life/ Life in Tudor Times John Guy 206618
  Horrible Jobs of the Renaissance Louise Spilsbury 229694
Geography Weather Darlene Stile 222643
  Weather Jim Pipe 218270
  Tropical rainforests Leon Gray 231774
  Water Ian Rohr 218311
  The explosive world of volcanoes with Max Axiom Christopher Harbo 216450
  Volcanoes Fellow Michael Woods 216392
Religious Education Sikhism Anita Ganeri 234344
  Sikhism Kanwaljit Kaur-Singh 209989
  Judaism Geoff Teece 214355
  Islam Geoff Teece 214214
  Being Muslim Haroon Siddiqui 219670
Computer Science The Science of Computers Clive Gifford 229382
  Computer programming: Learn it, Try it! Brad Edelman 234896
  Internet Safety Nick Hunter 220306
Languages Languages of the world – French Anita Ganeri 220278
  Languages of the world – Spanish Sarah Medina 220284


The team from AR have opened up their website so you can continue to read and quiz as normal.  Remember: reading is like a muscle, you need to use it regularly to keep up your Reading Age.  Check out the GCS Recommends page for recommendations of good books.

Ebooks Accessibility Description Link Need to login?
AR Library All devices Up to 7000+ free ebooks available to read  AR Library Free
Haringey Library All devices Hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks available to download Haringey Library Ebooks Free with a Haringey library card


100+ free ebooks (up to Reading Age of 11) Oxford OWL Account and login required
Amazon / Kindle

Kindle App,

Hundreds of books available for all R. Ages Amazon

Some older books are available free via the Amazon website.

Project Gutenberg

All devices

60000+ free books (out of copyright) Gutenberg Typically for more able readers. 
Libby All devices a free app where you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from your public library. You can stream books with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere.  Libby Free with a library card


Audiobooks Accessibility Description Links Need to login?
BBC Sounds

All devices

Huge archive of Audiobooks for both adults and children BBC You may need to register for the free BBC Sounds App
Stories by David Walliams All devices The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story every day at 11AM from The World’s Worst Children every day for the next 30 days.  Grubby Gertrude

Trish the Troll
Audible Stories All devices

For as long as schools are closed, audible are streaming an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

Audible Stories Free
Librivox All devices Archive of books read by volunteers Librivox  
Spotify All devices Huge number of audio books.  Accounts Spotify Free or subscriber service service. If you have a free account, you’ll need to listen to a few adverts

All devices

More suitable for younger students – range of stories available Storynory Free


Many people want to stay up-to-date but please remember to get your news from reputable sources.  Remember, constantly following the news may not be helpful to your mental health.  Set reasonable limits on your news consumption and avoid watching the news before bed. 

Parents of younger children
MyOn News is specifically written with younger readers in mind meaning that you may find the articles are more suitable in terms of emotional content and vocabulary.  There are also quizzes at the bottom so that students can test their understanding.  

News Source

Accessibility Links
BBC All devices
Guardian All devices
Sky News All devices
Evening Standard All devices
MyOn News All devices


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