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Robert Burns

Robert Burns was a Scottish poet, born 25th January 1759. His famous poem “To a Mouse” is a great illustration of Robert Burn’s tolerance to all creatures and his innate humanity. The poem was also the inspiration for the title of John Steinbeck’s 1937 novella, “Of Mice and Men”. Set in the 1930s, Steinbeck plays on Burns’ idea of shattered dreams and failed plans through the characters of this classic work.


In October all our Year 7 and 8 pupils were given the opportunity to choose a Bookbuzz book from a selection of 17 different titles and the books were handed out to pupils before the end of term. Bookbuzz is all about inspiring young people to read and that’s why pupils were able to choose a book that matched their interests and reading preferences. We know that children who read are happier, healthier, more empathetic and more creative. We also know that the pupils who read every day, even just for 15 or 20 minutes, do better at school and achieve higher results in their GCSEs. Reading doesn’t just help with English skills but will help s pupils learn and develop across the whole curriculum.


We hope that all our pupils enjoyed their book and they are being encouraged by Miss Packwood and Miss Smalley to write reviews to encourage other pupils to read and enjoy these books.


Miss Packwood recently read “The Haven” and has shared this review on the school library website “If you like a fast-paced thriller then this is the book for you. The book is set in London in the present day, the action starts on Page 1 and just doesn’t stop. It’s exciting and really kept my attention all the way to the end. Her criticism is that she would have liked some more character development as you don’t really get to know the personalities and backgrounds of the main characters. She would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes books with lots of action, twists and turns.”

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