We hope you enjoy the challenges and activities below!
Challenges and Activities!
Starting this week, check out the Reading Hub area on the school for some reading and book related challenges. Email Mrs Holmes with any completed challenges, and we’ll award Class Charts points for anyone who joins in.
Challenge 1 – have a go at writing a letter
Rob Biddulph is an illustrator who spent the first lockdown sharing loads of brilliant step-by-step drawing videos. There are lots to have a go at on his website, and they’re on YouTube too. Here’s one I did back in Lockdown 1!
So, check out the website, choose a video to follow.
What will you choose?
Penguin? Unicorn? Astronaut? Puffer Fish?
Email us a picture of your finished artwork
Extra Class Charts points for anyone who names their character/creature and writes a little description of it, or a mini-story.
Challenge 2 – have a go at being a letter
Take a look at the 10-minute challenges on the Authorfy website. There are loads, so you could pick any but each week I’ll choose one for anyone that needs an idea!
This time: find the video by author Eoin McLaughlin (they’re in alphabetical order). He writes for younger children – including the super-cute lockdown book below.
The challenge? Write a letter to someone you can’t see at the moment.
An actual letter, or postcard. NOT an email or a text. Put a stamp on it and go for a walk
to the postbox.
Will you choose your… Granny? Best friend? Cousin? Neighbour?
I don’t want to see your letters, but you could email and tell me who you wrote to and why. I’m going to write to my friend who has just had a liver transplant to cheer her up.
Challenge 3 – have a go at writing a review
Find our Google Form books review template, and fill it in about a book you’ve recently read.
Thank you to the people who have already done one! Class Charts points are being added.
Or if you don’t want to use the template you can just write your own and tell me what you’ve been reading.
Bede’s Reads (and other recommendations)!
Harry Potter | Harry Potter Book Night - Harry Potter Event Kit
Would normally be in early February. This year it’s been delayed until June, but there is still lots of fun stuff on the website. Take the trivia test, download your house colours, or have a go at one of the magical activities.
Holocaust Memorial Day assembly with Tom Palmer
listen to author Tom Palmer talk about Holocaust Memorial Day, which was marked last week. Tom has written a special short story about World War 2 and the Holocaust. You can find a copy of it in
Foldr > Literacy > Reading Recommendations > The Question
Mrs Holmes has recorded an audio version of it as well, so you can listen to her read it if you prefer.
Provides ebooks of texts that are out of copyright. This means that many of these are older ‘classics’. Some children’s books are here or use the search function. Why not try Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Jungle Book, A Little Princess, Treasure Island. If you’d like other suggestions of classic books to try, you could email Mrs Holmes in the LRC, or your English teacher.
Audible Stories | Audible.com
Audible has made some audiobook stories available free. You can listen on the website or download the app. There are suitable books in the Elementary, Tween and Teen sections.
Mrs Holmes’ recommendations - why not have a listen to Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith, Interview with a Robot by Lee Bacon or The Spies that Bind by Ally Carter.
The Book of Hopes; Edited by Katherine Rundell
A special collection of stories, extracts, poems and art from children’s authors and illustrators. It has been made available to read online for free during lockdown, and we have a copy on order for the LRC.
Videos - MouseCircus.com - The Official Neil Gaiman Website for Young Readers
Neil Gaiman is a great author, and he’s made an entire book available for you to listen to on his website. He’s reading The Graveyard Book on https://mousecircus.com/videos and here on the HarperKids Youtube channel.
If you’re a member of Sunderland Libraries you can borrow eBooks and Audiobooks via Borrowbox.
You need a library card and a PIN that they can provide you with. If you’re not already a member why not think about joining online.