Forthcoming Author visit: Non Pratt

We are delighted that teen author Non Pratt will be visiting Churchill Academy on Tuesday 28th February. As well as leading creating writing workshops with some year 7, 9 and 10 students, she will be talking to A-level students about gender representation in pop culture.

We very much look forward to welcoming her to the LRC!






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Christmas Literary TV Guide!

Every year, Mrs Smith, the librarian at Eckington School in Derbyshire compiles a list of all the films and television shows based on books that show on TV over the Christmas period. This includes movies on all Freeview channels and though it includes films adapted from adult as well as children’s books,. there are no 18s to ensure the list remains family-friendly.

This is a HUGE undertaking and we are very grateful to Mrs Smith who shares this list with school librarians across the land every year!

You can download the list here by clicking on the image:



Merry Christmas, and happy viewing!


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#LovetoRead Weekend


This weekend is #LovetoRead Weekend, the culmination of the  campaign #Lovetoread launched by the BBC earlier this year to celebrate reading as one of life’s greatest joys, which  can awaken our imagination, inspire and challenge us – not just as children but throughout our lives. The BBC has produced some fabulous TV and radio programmes for this campaign. You can find an overview here, and check out Awesome Authors, focusing particularly on children’s books (You can also check out their CBBC Book Club).

You can also check out what is being said about #Lovetoread on Twitter

#LovetoRead weekend hopes to inspire everyone everywhere to read something new! In the spirit of this an to compliment Simon Mayo’s Desert Island Books, I am sharing six books that have made me the reader I am today:


Other Churchill staff have kindly offered to share their favourites also:

Mr Hildrew has also been thinking about his desert island books, you can check out his choices on his latest Headteacher Blog.

Miss Strachan has also been talking about her favourites on her blog.

Mr Davies‘s influential book is “Touching the void” by Joe Simpson:

touchingthevoidI have no idea if it is well written but I still consider it to be the best book I have ever read. Gripping from start to finish, It is the  tale of two mountaineer’s harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes.

In the summer of 1985, two young, headstrong mountaineers set off to conquer an unclimbed route. They had triumphantly reached the summit, when a horrific accident mid-descent forced one friend to leave another for dead. Ambition, morality, fear and camaraderie are explored not too mention sheer bloody-mindedness to survive.

It provides an insight into the wonder but ever present danger of adventure. Arm chair adventurers everywhere should read it and go walk up a hill!

(The film is not nearly as good)

Mr Woods ‘s choice of a book that change his life is Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

blindwillowI read this collection of short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami for the first time when I was thirteen years old, on a holiday in Spain. I still have fond memories of the sun, the food, and Murakami’s gentle prose. His skill is in the elevation of the mundane to the almost divine. Vignettes as simple as a character cooking a stir-fry or a moment of eye contact between two lovers are described with clarity and beauty, all in language that is totally accessible. Murakami is a writer the world should treasure.




We would love members of the Churchill Academy community to share their six choices with us too. You can do so by commenting below, emailing or via Twitter ( @ChurchillAcad and @Churchill_LRC)

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Roald Dahl Quiz

Our annual year 7 Roald Dahl Quiz took place on Monday 10th October.

32 human beans competed in house teams to find out which house is the most Dahl-knowledgeable!

Pupils enjoyed everlasting gobstoppers, wondrous jellies, frobscottle and 7 jumbly quiz rounds testing their knowledge of Dahl and his many books and characters.

All the pupils who took part were absolutely phizz whizzing but Stuart house were super whoopsy whiffling and won the quiz.  Well done to Harrison Seabright, Stan Hemmings, Mary hemmings, Megan Hind, Martha Withers, Tyler Reeves and Grace Clements on their whoopsy-splunkers win!




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Recommended Reads for Summer

Are you in need of reading inspiration for the summer break? Our annual Summer Reads recommended list is now available. You can download it by clicking on the preview below. Don’t forget we have lots of other reading recommendations available on the VLE, in the LRC folder.


Happy Summer!


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A Fabulous Carnegie Celebration

Last week the Book Group, Mrs McGilloway and Mrs Birkett travelled to Backwell School for our annual Carnegie celebrations. The winner had been already been announced: One by Sarah Crossan:



But this did not stop us from enjoying quizzes and discussions:

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wonderful presentations:

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and fabulous Carnegie-themed cakes:

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This even got us a little mention from Patrick Ness on Twitter!




The groups eventually voted for THEIR winner, which turned out to be The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley. Here are Mrs Wood and Mrs Vaux with their amazing reading barometer showing the results of our vote:



Thank you so much to Mrs Gibson, Mrs Vaux and Mrs Wood and of course Backwell School’s book group for making us so welcome. We are already looking forward to next year, when it is our turn to host!

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Author visit: CJ Flood

We were delighted to welcome Bristol-based author CJ Flood  to the LRC this week. CJ is the author of two Young Adult novels. Her début,  Infinite Sky, won the prestigious Branford Boase Award, which honours an author and editor of a début novel, in 2014, and her second novel Nightwanderers has just been published.


CJ spoke to a large group of year 8 students and talked about her career as an author and spoke and read from her two books. She then opened the floor to questions from the audience and our year 8 students raised to the challenge with some very astute questions on the process of writing and where her inspiration comes from.


This was a really wonderful event and we are very grateful to CJ Flood for coming down to Churchill to see us!

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