During these unprecedented times, one thing students are still able to do is read, read, read! If, like me, you have a massive stockpile of books, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you do find that you have run out of things to read, there are some brilliant online resources to keep you in the reading habit. Remember: your brain is like a muscle. If you don’t exercise it daily, it’ll turn to mush! 

And now, time for a story... 

Reading with Our Librarian, Mr Butler

Mr Butler reading the BFG by Roald Dahl for KS2 and KS3. This is Part 21. 

You can watch the previous parts here

Primary Bedtime Stories

Click here for previous stories.

Sixth Form Author Recommendation

Mr Butller will be sharing weekly book and/or author recommendations with our Sixth Form students - have you checked out this week's recommendation?

You can watch here previous recommendations: Franz Kafka and 1984

Word of the week

The word challenge is on. 

Each week we will post a word that we need you to learn. You will be shown how to work out the meaning of the word by breaking down its parts (Morphology) and the history of the word (Etymology).

You will then need to:

  • Write out the definition
  • Write out how the word breaks down
  • Write out an example of how the word might be used at school or in the workplace.
  • Write out an example of how the word might be used in your everyday life.


SPOT THE WORD in the real world. Email your learning lead or Mr Simpson (m.simpson@arkglobe.org) examples of the Word of the Week that you have heard or found. Or send in your brilliant use of the word in a sentence. The best examples will be shared with you all each week and you may be awarded a Word Master Award!

This week’s word is ‘Maintain’.

E-Library resources

Use your existing library card to access books, comics and audio books from your phone, laptop, PC or other device.

Southwark: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/libraries/elibrary 

Lambeth: http://lambeth.rbdigitalglobal.com/


Lewisham: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/libraries/elibrary

Other Reading Resources

Some websites offer free book downloads: https://www.gutenberg.org/


Use this website to find other websites: https://www.lifewire.com/download-free-books-348275

Audible is offering a number of free audio books: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

The Booktrust have a great finder that helps you to look for books that match your interest. They recommend books according to type/ genre as well as age. If you’re unsure what to read, use this brilliant resources: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/

Read through this list to find books you absolutely have to read: https://time.com/100-best-young-adult-books/