Mental Health

Are you feeling anxious or worried?  Here is some helpful information on mental wellbeing

Student Self Care

And some helpful websites and phone numbers:


Childline 0800 1111


Are you worried about being bored during the holidays?  Here are some activities available in and around Newham:

East Summer School - free courses packed with unique and interactive experiences - Click here

Summer Reading Challenge  - this takes place every summer and the theme this year is "Silly Squad".  Click here to enrol

Art Stars Online - A Saturday Art School for kids (online delivery) run by Rosetta Arts in West Ham - Click here

Free activities and courses for young people in Newham Click here

Want to brush up on your language skills?  Download the Duolingo language app

Mascot Designers Wanted - enter the competition to design the official Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot!  Click here

Summer Activities 2020



Ms Showunmi our librarian recommends the following books to read over the summer:

Year 6 going to Year 7:

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

You are Awesome by Matthew Syed

The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Year 7 going to Year 8

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine

Year 8 going to Year 9 Reading List

Girl. Boy. Sea   by Chris Vick

Shakespeare: The World As A Stage by Bill Bryson

Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things) by Liz Pichon

Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare



Year 9 going to Year 10

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas



Year 10 going to Year 11

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock




Ms Appiah has created a list of books as well, with BAME books highlighted.  Set out below are some tasks to complete after reading:

Summer Reading list with BAME authors highlighted

Choose one or more of the tasks to complete after reading. 
1. Write a review based on one the book
2. Create a poster for one of the books 
3. Make a timeline of the events in your book so far. 
4. Write a description of one of the settings in the book
5.  Write a quiz about the book you are reading for someone else who has read the same book to answer. 
6. Write at least five questions that you would ask the author in an interview. 
7.  Imagine that you were to meet the main character – write at least five questions that you would ask them. 
8.  Rewrite the chapter you just read from a different viewpoint 
Submit your completed tasks to Ms Appiah or your English teacher. Amazing prizes to be won! 
You can also complete the tasks based on books you have already read or new books you will be reading this summer. 


Here are some more suggestions of books to read over the holiday.  Click on your year group to access the list. 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10 

Year 11

Our library page has lots of useful information

E-Books and Audio books:

Little Ilford School has a 3 month trial of the Wheelers ePlatform One eBook & Audiobook collection

Our eLibrary can be found here:
Login details: Username is your name and surname (firstname.surname) e.g. john.smith
Password is lis1

Apps link:
Direct Link to app library: 


Mr Seagull

Our very own Mr Seagull has created engaging lessons about maths, geography and history on his social media channels.  Recent classes have covered Martin Luther King and civil rights, the Suffragettes, South Korea and K-Pop and how to understand money.

He also continues his weekly quizzes, 8pm Wednesday is football and 8pm Saturday is a family friendly quiz.  

Two events in particular: 

8pm Saturday 18th July: South Asian Heritage Month family quiz

11am Thursday 23rd July: Geography/HIstory class for South Asian Heritage Month.



Is Science your passion?  Try some of these reading suggestions to keep you busy (courtesy of Mr Bergin): 

 “The Character of Physical Law” - Richard Feynman       

A great insight into how science tries to understand the world without the need to understand complex mathematics -  written by a true genius.


 “QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter” - Richard Feynman

A brilliant book which gives you a good idea about how quantum theory attempts to explain almost everything - without needing to understand any complex mathematics.


“Electric Universe” -  David Bodanis

A brilliant, funny and short book about the history of electricity.


“Remarkable Physicists” - Ioan James

A fascinating account of most of the major contributors to physics since Galileo.


“Why does E=mc2 ?” - Brian cox

A good book about Einstein's theories of relativity without having to understand any complex mathematics (challenging).


“The Elegant Universe” - Brian Greene

Excellent popular book about modern physics (challenging).


“How the Mind Works”  - Steven Pinker

An excellent book about the mind (challenging).


“Acquiring Genomes”   - Lynn Margulis

A brilliant and important book explaining how speciation happens (challenging).


“Consciousness Explained”  - Daniel Dennett

An excellent book about consciousness by the brilliant Daniel Dennett (challenging).


“Awakenings” - Oliver Sacks

An extraordinary book by a neuroscientist who figured out how to awaken patients who had been stricken by a mysterious zombie like illness.


“Consciousness” - Susan Blackmore

A brilliant and very brief introduction to the tricky ideas about consciousness (challenging).


“A Short History of Nearly Everything” - Bill Bryson

A wonderful book about all of science written by someone who is not a scientist but who has realised how beautiful and amazing science is.


“The Periodic Kingdom” - Peter Atkins

A brilliant book which brings all the elements - ie the stuff of which we are made of - to life.


“ Nature's Numbers” - Ian Stewart

A fascinating look at mathematics in Nature.


"Continuum Concept" - Jean Liedloff

Brilliant short book which puts forward plausible explanations for various neuroses and anxieties in many so called 1st World societies based upon going against natural human evolution.


 “The History of Western Philosophy” – Bertrand Russell

 A fantastic synopsis of the greatest philosophers (in the West) by the brilliant Bertrand Russell (challenging).


“Uncle Tungsten”  - Oliver Sacks

A wonderful account of the early life of a great neuroscientist which shows how inspirational science can be.


“Longitude” - Dava Sobel

A brilliant true story about the importance of being able to figure out longitude when navigating the World's seas and oceans and how it was solved.


"The Vital Question" - Nick Lane

A brilliant book about the origins of life (challenging).


"Sapiens" - Yuval Harari

A good book about the origins of humans.


"The Periodic Table" - Primo Levi

A collection of short stories about life with a theme around the periodic table of the elements.


"The First Three Minutes" - Steven Weinberg

A classic introduction to ideas about the origin of the Universe (challenging).


"A Brief History of Time" - Stephen Hawking

A good account of contemporary ideas about time (challenging).


"Flatland" - Edwin Abbott

A brilliant short book about the life of a character living in 2 dimensions experiencing the idea of 3 dimensions.


"The Music of the Spheres" - Jamie James

A classic general book about science 









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