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April 02, 2020 02:55 AM PDT

In this week's podcast, we chat about what we've been up to in isolation. We also chat about R.J. Palacio's reading of Wonder, which happens every day at 5 pm (UK time) on twitter.

We then review our books from 6.25 and in order, 'Can you see me' by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott, 'Frankly in Love' by David Yoon, 'The Kid Who Came From Space' by Ross Welford and 'Tiger Heart' by Penny Chrimes.

If you're stuck on what to do this Easter check out these live theatre performances! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_1Qubvgjow & https://www.willowsmusical.com/

We will be back after the Easter break but as usual, don't forget to contact us via our twitter @lounge_learning

March 26, 2020 04:04 AM PDT

In this episode, Claire and Sophie continue the podcast from home! We apologise for any background noise during this podcast and the audio quality. We discuss how the new quarantine rules have affected our work and we share many of the available online resources. (links below this description.)

We then review the books we have been reading from 6.10 and in order: 'the Crossover' by Kwame Alexander, 'Saving midnight' by Suzy Zail and 'Frankly in Love' by David Yoon.

Please stay in touch via our twitter @lounge_learning and let us know what you have been reading.

Links you should check out:

Booktrust -https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/fun-at-home-with-authors-and-illustrators/
SLA -https://www.sla.org.uk/school-closure-resources
Audible - https://stories.audible.com/discovery

March 19, 2020 02:19 AM PDT

In this episode we chat about the books we have taken to keep us entertained if isolation occurs! During these times with schools closing and many having to self-isolate, reading can be the gateway you need to help with mental-health but also to keep you stimulated.

We keep this episode light-hearted and hope you are all doing well during this time. Stay healthy and keep on reading.

Books we mention and in order from 1.55 - Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, Evolution by Teri Terry, A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge, The Boxer by Nikesh Shukula, Frankly in Love by David Yoon, The Girl who came out of the Woods by Emily Barr, One of us is Next by Karen McManus, The Boy who came from Space by Ross Welford, Saving Midnight by Suzy Zail, The Star Outside my Window by Onjali Q Rauf, Booktrust Books, Sarah J Maas and Malorie Blackman.

As always stay up to date with us on twitter @lounge_learning

March 16, 2020 07:18 AM PDT

In this podcast Ms Marris and Miss Jones discuss immigration and migration. In your Knowledge Organisers you will find information on refugees and asylum seekers.

Instead of discussing facts, this podcast takes you through Toot Hill School's student and staff accounts of immigration and migration.

from India to Ireland we listen to what its like to be an immigrant.

Have your say in the comments below, during tutor time or get in touch via our twitter @lounge_learning. Don't forget to visit https://www.issuesonline.co.uk to discover more on the topic or read the book whilst in the Learning Lounge.

March 12, 2020 03:19 AM PDT

In this episode, we chat about everything that has been going on this week! As always its busy busy! We chat about our fun Knowledge Organiser podcast that's coming up, our visit from Robert Miles, Science Week and what we've been reading.

Reviews start at 7 mins: 'The Psychology of Time Travel' by Kate Mascarenhas and 'Devoted' by Jennifer Mathieu.

Follow us on twitter for more updates @lounge_learning

March 05, 2020 02:20 AM PST

In this episode we chat about our Scholastic Book Fair and how amazing it is!

We mention some of the books that are in the fair and then review our books from 9.27. The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble and A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan.

As always follow us on our twitter @lounge_learning and don't forget to look into getting a book fair they are a great way to get books into your library.

February 27, 2020 03:00 AM PST

In this episode, Claire & Sophie talk about building your library's profile. They focus on contacting performance directors and creating displays based around the curriculum. If you already do this in your library please share your tips & advice with us on how to make this bigger & better.

We then review our books starting from 4 mins and in order: The unpredictability of being human by Linni Ingemundsen, The Excelsior blue and red shortlists and Open Road Summer by Emery Lord.

Also shoutout to Emma Suffield and Leanne Wain at 10 mins.

As always keep in touch via our twitter @lounge_learning

February 13, 2020 02:38 AM PST

In this episode we are joined by Prison A Reality. The Learning Lounge was part of a Year 9 PSHE Day and hosted Prison A Reality. We decided to ask them some questions on our podcast to find out what they were all about. We discuss jobs in prisons, why they talk in schools, the state of UK prisons and of course BOOKS - Battle Scars by Jason Fox (not Jamie Fox)!

Later Claire & Sophie chat about what they've been reading; Gentleman's Guide to vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee,Lightening Mary by Anthea Simmons, A Kestrel for a Knave by Bary Hines and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

We will be back after half term! Until then follow us on twitter @Lounge_Learning.

Prison A Reality website: http://www.prisonareality.co.uk/

Apologies for the background noise in this episode. KS4 break were outside!

February 06, 2020 02:41 AM PST

In this episode we interview author Simon James Green. We ask him about his books, writing about representation and his 8 book deal with Scholastic. Our students then ask Simon their questions at 7.45.

No book reviews in this episode just amazing conversation! Don't forget to follow us on twitter @lounge_learning and Simon @simonjamesgreen

January 30, 2020 01:02 AM PST

In this episode we interview one of our students. Alex is an avid cook and a talented singer. She chats to us about the cooking competition she has looming, the productions she's been in and what she's currently reading.

We then start our book reviews from 6 mins: 'Because of you' by Eve Ainsworth, 'Harry Potter' by J.K Rowling, 'Skylarks'by Karen Gregory, 'Call it what you want' by Brigid Kemmerer and 'Bookshop girl' by Chloe Coles.

A reminder that next week we will be joined by Simon James Green so don't miss it. Catch us on twitter @lounge_learning

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