Bridging Bundle Document
THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL
BRIDGING BUNDLE FOR FIFTH FORM AND UPPER SIXTH
Fifth and Upper Sixth Form pupils would have commenced Study Leave on 6th and 7th May. GCSE and A Level examinations would have been preoccupying pupils’ minds and intense revision and preparation would be filling their time alongside the examinations.
With the announcement that this summer’s exams would not be happening we know that many of you are left anxious and disappointed with a lot of time on your hands. A longer period than anticipated stretches ahead before school, college or university begins and regular study resumes.
Some of you may be feeling somewhat abandoned and despondent when thinking about the weeks and months ahead, others may feel relieved and even a little jubilant. Most probably fit somewhere on the spectrum from ‘I desperately need some work to do’ at one end to ‘I’m loving the idea of weeks of having nothing to do all day’ at the other. Many may welcome a bit of a gentler regime but do not want to fritter time away in unfulfilling activity.
All of you are encouraged to view this as an opportunity. This is now the time consolidate work to date, to pursue interests, increase knowledge and skills, and get yourself into a strong position for the next stage of your education.
We have prepared a bundle of material to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you plan to be in September. In the bundle you will find a range of projects to put you in a stronger position for A level study or degree level work as well as ideas for developing some life skills. Take a look at the suggestions and select some that seem to fit with your plans and aspirations.
The Bundle is designed for independent use. This is not a collection of assignments to be submitted for marking or feedback. Teachers will naturally be interested to hear what pupils are doing and be keen to enter into discourse on scholarly matters, but this is not to be viewed as school work as such. This is for you to approach with open and curious minds; with an appetite and time to enjoy learning for yourself. You will see that some of the activities in the Bundle do lead to some form of certification but most are an end in themselves. The real benefit is in personal growth and intellectual development which will make you a better A level pupil, a better undergraduate, a more rounded and informed individual.
At the end of the Bundle there is a record sheet. We suggest you first peruse the Bundle and then turn to the record sheet and set out some plans for the coming weeks. This record may help you in compiling your CV. Fifth Form pupils may bear in mind that in around eighteen months from now you are likely to be writing a personal statement for university application. Your personal statement might include the line ‘during the period of school closure when examinations were cancelled I….’ So now take a look at the Bundle and ask yourself what might complete that sentence for you.
ACADEMIC INFORMATION AND COURSES
Cambridge University has an excellent selection of online resources and short courses. Those embarking upon A level might explore https://www.myheplus.com/pre-16 and those moving towards university should visit https://www.myheplus.com
At Future Learn you will find free short courses in a huge range of subjects designed and delivered by universities. https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects
Open University: skills for study: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/skills-for-study
MATHEMATICS AND PROBLEM SOLVING
Here are some bridging ideas, which although most specifically mathematical, are useful in developing problem-solving skills as well as offering information about what mathematicians do.
For Fifth Form hoping to do A Level Maths:
Search Hegarty Maths A Level prep on YouTube.
For all interested in the subject:
The Millennium Maths Project YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/MMPmaths/featured)
Plus magazine (https://plus.maths.org/content/)
For Upper Sixth:
Oxford Mathematical Institute YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLnGGRG__uGSPLBLzyhg8dQ) - this includes some recordings of undergraduate maths lectures.
What better way to prepare for A level literature or a degree in English than reading and the department’s recommendations are in the Reading List at the end of this Bundle.
There are lots of opportunities to while away the hours and prepare for the academic study of literature through reading, listening and watching. At the moment there are lots of productions available to view on line. The links below will open some avenues to the subject.
https://www.rsc.org.uk/news/culture-in-quarantine - several Shakespeare plays 'live'
https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/publications/00-making-the-leap-from-gcse-to-a-level-literature-study - The EMC are great, could be exactly what some of our prospective A Level pupils need.
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/podcasts/what-was-shakespeare-really/ - Stanley Wells talking about Shakespeare. It's really interesting - quite high brow but very useful.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwN-jwNNNQN-8sfKG-qg8uA - RSC at the Globe - a production of Romeo and Juliet.
Massolit - an excellent subscriber resource offering loads of lectures on texts and aspects of studying literature. E-mail Mr Tilbury for log in details
For anyone interested in History as an A level or degree the following are to be especially recommended.
Reading, reading, reading! Lists in the LOS Historical Companion and some more at the end of this document.
Gresham Lectures https://www.gresham.ac.uk/search/?terms=history
Cambridge University courses https://www.myheplus.com/post-16/subjects/history
Future Learn courses https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/history-courses
In Our Time podcasts https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl/episodes/player
For specific examples and links to the above, explore The LOS Historical Companion which can be found on the School website Covid-19 Section and on SMHW where you will find a huge selection of ideas to feed the historical mind and to prepare for further academic study.
Here are some Classical texts which are not just those studying Latin and Greek but for anyone seeking a grounding in classical literature and civilisation.
Cicero De Officiis ( On the Good Life)
On the Republic
On the Laws
Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics
Plato The Apology
Seneca Epistulae Morales
Marcus Aurelius Meditations
Homer The Iliad
Sophocles Oedipus Rex
Virgil The Aeneid
You will find lots of reading ideas in the List at the end of the document
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
The Royal Society
Imperial College Lectures
UCL Science Lectures
Star Talk Radio
Life's Little Mysteries
The Infinite Monkey Cage
Scientific American - 60 Second Science
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Memrise has some good courses with GCSE vocabulary or AS Level type vocabulary, it is marked and practises reading, writing and listening skills:
On the link below you will find a reading list. the books are rated 1-5:
1 Beginner - ideal to start
Paroles by Jacques Prévert
Podcast recommendations of varying difficulty.
Classic texts for Sixth Form:
· Gabriel García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada
· Laura Esquivel Como agua para chocolate
· Ramón J. Sender Réquiem por un campesino español
· Carlos Ruiz Zafón La sombra del viento
· Isabel Allende La casa de los espíritus
· Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Rimas
· Fernando Fernán-Gómez Las bicicletas son para el verano
· Luis de Castresana El otro árbol de Guernica
· Gabriel García Márquez El coronel no tiene quien le escriba
Other classic Spanish films from the AQA options list include:
· Ocho apellidos vascos Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2014)
· María, llena eres de gracia Joshua Marston (2004)
· Volver Pedro Almodóvar (2006)
· Abel Diego Luna (2010)
· Las 13 rosas Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2007)
I would strongly recommend continuing to improve language over the summer holidays, particularly in terms of vocabulary and grammar.
Revising all topics covered at GCSE level and ensuring that they are fully understood. Acción Gramática has a in comprehensive list of grammar topics covered next year: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acción-Gramática-Fourth-Spanish-Grammar/dp/1510434887/ref=dp_ob_title_bk
In particular would encourage students to make sure that they know the AQA GCSE Spanish vocab booklet inside out before moving into 6th form so that they don't feel overwhelmed by the influx of new vocabulary.
Over the Summer holidays, it might be a good idea to watch the film that is on the A level syllabus which is called El Laberinto del Fauno. There is a study guide that goes along with the film which is very useful: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Languages-Study-Guides-level/dp/1471891720
Other classic Spanish films from the AQA options list include:
· Ocho apellidos vascos Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2014)
· María, llena eres de gracia Joshua Marston (2004)
· Volver Pedro Almodóvar (2006)
· Abel Diego Luna (2010)
· Las 13 rosas Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2007)
You may find helpful listening to podcasts in Spanish. Duolingo has a podcast (available on platforms like Spotify). 'HoyHablamos' and 'Charlas Hispanas' are also worth checking out.
You could also start listening to the news in Spanish. The podcast 'News in Slow Spanish' is good as it has news stories but they are read out more slowly so that they are easier to understand. Other organisations such as RTVE, el país, BBC Mundo all have good content - slightly more challenging.
From GCSE to A Level:
Wort füer Wort by Paul Stocker
Hammer's German Grammar and Usage by Martin Durrell
Deutsche Welle - excellent website for graded listening and reading activities
A-Level to university:
Nachwendekinder by Johannes Nichelmann
Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink
Die Verwandlung by Kafka
Der Tod in Venedig by Thomas Mann
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Doeblin
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
Der Besuch der alten Dame by Friedrich Duerrenmatt
Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder by Bertholt Brecht
Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boell
Zonenkinder by Jana Hensel
Goethe's Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (can be found online)
Der Prozess and short stories by Kafka (also online)
Der, die, was? by David Bergmann
Der Coup, die Kuh, das Q by CUS
Der Dativ ist dem Genetiv sein Tod by Bastian Sick
Penguin Parallel Texts
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY
Moving to A Level
Your studies will be substantially different as you enter Sixth Form. Use this opportunity to expand your academic horizons as much as possible and to consider a variety of different approaches to your time at university and A level studies.
If you can find a copy of Alistair McGrath’s Short introduction to Theology then you can make a good start on some of the more technical elements of the A Level course.
A useful introductory work to Philosophy is Sophie’s World by Jostien Gaarder. The combination of History of Philosophy, Philosophical Method and Philosophy as lived experience through the lens of mystery story has been found compelling by many readers. More ambitious pupils would be well served by engaging with aspects of the recommended activities for sixth form pupils below.
Moving to University
Michael Sandel – Justice at Harvard online course provides excellent material for Theologians, Philosophers, Economists, Historians, and anyone else, no matter what university track they are pursuing.
In Our time BBC Radio 4 – An astonishing archive of subject matter, reliably excellent in content and style which will serve as superb A level extension/ university introduction. Each episode has a reading list attached for those who wish to find out more. Examples from Religion, include Calvinism, Foxes Book of Martyrs, Catharism, Mary Magdalene and the Great Schism. Philosophy examples inckude Plato’s Republic, Cicero, Augustine’s Confessions, Sovereignty and Utiltarianism.
For more reading find out what your university course recommends. One example can be viewed by following this link to the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity list of suggested reading for students interested in pursuing studies in Religion at Cambridge. Note this list is for pupils thinking of applying. https://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/online-resources
A strong recommendation is that you get a good notebook and keep a record of your reading, and what impression it makes on you. Do not be afraid by confusion, it likely means you are trying. You are still at the very beginning of your journey and will have to do some hard trudging up the mountain before you can turn around and enjoy much of a view.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
You should try to use this time over the coming weeks and months to develop your interest in Politics and build your general political knowledge. To be really successful in A-level Politics, the most important thing you can do is start making news consumption a daily habit. Ideally, find three news sources that you are comfortable with and look out for political news on them every day. The following are suggestions, they are not compulsory, but you should try to engage in any that you find interesting.
Here are suggestions for some things you should do to improve your political knowledge:
1. Creating Case Studies of key events are vital. These will provide you with examples to help you build up examples to use in essays. Fill in the template on the last page of this booklet for two news stories a week. Copy and paste the story into the middle, and then think about how the story relates to different bits of the course using the boxes (they will not be relevant to all of them). Use reputable news sources— BBC News is a good place to start.
2. Listen to one podcast daily.
3. Read one political magazine a month.
4. Watch one documentary/ television programme weekly.
5. Choose one or two of the books suggested and read them.
6. There are extra things you can also do—look at the Open University courses on page 3 and the useful tasks.
For further details on how to prepare for A level Politics click here.
For those of you in Upper Sixth keen to continue learning Politics, click here
And anyone keen to engage in some of the big questions on Politics, International Relations and the Media will find some interesting material here:
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
The Eco-Design by Alastair Faud-Luke.
Preparing for DT Product Design - Research Methods for Product Design (Portfolio Skills) by Alex Milton.
The Genius of Design by Penny Sparkle
The New science of strong materials by J.E.Gordan.
Practical Information and Skills - Visit and look through the websites for excellent resources and problem solving tasks to bridge the gap between GCSE and A level. Recommended are: DATA Design and Technology Association and the Design Museum.org.
ART AND DESIGN
Fifth Form pupils should keep a visual diary over the summer. Within it they could make drawings and present photos of significant events (post-lockdown of course): concerts, gallery visits (later in the summer, fingers crossed, otherwise on-line). They should also write down their thoughts on art books, articles and extracts that they read in relation to art. They could also document their mood within it through a series of self-portraits.
The student art guide is a brilliant resource for pupils about to begin A level art and there are some good project examples on the Tate website.
The most beneficial advice would be to draw from life as much as possible. Fill a sketchbook using some of the ideas from the student art guide.
Create photo essays, learn about the rule of thirds as a composition device, investigate the ‘golden ratio’
Reading and programmes for Sixth Form:
Rosalind Davis /Annabel Tilley What They Didn't Teach You in Art School:
John Berger Ways of Thinking
Walter Benjamin The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Robert Hughes: Shock of the New
Grayson Perry: The Reith lectures (4 episodes) bbc.co.uk (BBC Radio)
Gresham College Art History Lectures on You tube
Listen to a podcast:
The Geographical Association has put resources together that would be a good starting point for pupils thinking of taking geography. https://www.geography.org.uk/Preparing-for-A-level-geography
Berners-Lee, M. (2010) How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything
Collier, P. (2010) Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity With Nature
Dimbleby, J. (2009) Russia: a journey to the heart of a land and its people
Dharshini D. (2018) The Almighty Dollar: Follow the Incredible Journey of Single Dollar to See How the Global Economy Really Works
Harari, Y (2015) Sapiens: A brief history of humankind
Hickel, J. (2017) The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions
Klein, N. (2010) No Logo
Marshall, T. (2015) Prisoners of Geography
Marshall, T. (2018) Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls
McMahon, P. (2013) Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food
Maths and geography
West, G. (2018) Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies
Future learn courses
-short courses on a number of topics that will support the A-level syllabus and beyond.
Global flooding over the next 100 years - National Geographic (2015)
Capitalism: A love story (2009)
Bombay Calling (2006)
There will be blood (2007)
Bitter Lake (2015)
ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS STUDIES
Some Introductory reading for Economics:
The Undercover Economist and The Undercover Economist Strikes Back
Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics
The Armchair Economist
50 Things that Made the Modern Economy (podcast)
For the very keen:
The Great Economists (Linda Yueh)
Economics TED talks including “the Spirit Level” (on inequality)
For Business a useful start is to read an entrepreneur’s (auto)biography. Branson (though not very in favour right now), Sugar, Knight, Jobs, Musk, Mary Wells Lawrence and Sophie Amoruso are all good starts but pupils could research someone that interests them personally.
Some generally useful reads in the most abstract sense:
Making Money or Going Postal by Terry Pratchett – some subtle (and hilarious) critiques of modern economies
Exhalation by Ted Chiang – Short stories that will really widen their world view (also Obama’s favourite book), some takes on Sociology. Psychology, Economics and Science(fiction)
And a writer that they might not have been introduced to previously – Michael Crichton – an outstanding back catalogue that has something for any of them. Nice literary escapism but always with a message to think on.
PRACTICAL SKILLS AND ADVICE
Cooking and nutrition
IT skills are required in most roles, and whether you are intending to go to university or joining the world of work, you will be expected to be familiar with at least the basic functions of the Microsoft Office suite, such as Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. Of course, other productivity software suites such as Google Docs are available, but MS Office is the de facto standard. New computer technology develops rapidly, and you will need to demonstrate that you can accept, learn and adapt to new technology as required. Many of you will not have had a formal IT lesson since the second form so this is a very good opportunity to use some of the time you have available to improve your skills in critical software.
Click here for ideas on how you can use and improve your IT skills, particularly useful tips and guidance for pupils about to start university.
The School has signed up to the EtonX careers platform that allows pupils to follow an online course that helps develop skills and ways of thinking that are appealing to employers. The Fifth Form have been signed up for the ‘Creative Problem Solving’ course and the Upper Sixth for the ‘Research Skills’ course. These start on Monday 4 May (see 1st May Newsletter for more information.)
Listen to notable speakers speaking about their career stories. https://learn.springpod.co.uk/
Write your CV: Click here for some advice
Watch: Into Great Silence. Do not be put off by a three hour silent film! This is an extraordinary film; a fulfilling, immersive experience if you simply allow yourself to be drawn into the rhythm and pace of the Carthusian monks of La Grande Chartreuse. This is also highly recommended as a remarkable piece of cinema.
Pray: Sacred Space, https://www.sacredspace.ie/
Read: St Augustine Confessions
THE HEADMASTER’S CHOICE
Here is a short personalised reading list and message to leavers to stimulate thought: ‘beware the noonday devil’ and spend this time reading as much as you can of ‘the Classics’ – Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid, for instance; and, savour a handful of eighteenth and nineteenth century classical novels, for instance, Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice), Henry Fielding (Tom Jones), Charles Dickens (David Copperfield), Anthony Trollope (Barchester Chronicles), Hermann Melville (Moby Dick) and/or, for the more adventurous Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Stendhal, Balzac and Flaubert . . . Much of what one needs to stock and shape the mind is there.
And don’t forget the odd Catholic ‘classic’ or two, such as Augustine’s Confessions, Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory (strong Oratory connection!), or Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy. And if I had to choose one or two to recommend to the intellectually ambitious Sixth Former: many cite Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment as amongst the greatest novels ever written - now’s the time to give at least one of them a go and see what the all fuss is about and whether you agree! And then contact my PA to schedule an MS Teams chat about your thoughts – I’d be fascinated to discuss them with you.
COMPILATION READING LIST – Classics, Arts and Sciences
These lists have been compiled and submitted by different departments; consequently there are some overlapping recommendations. You may want to select from a particular genre or better still challenge yourself with books from across time periods, genres and subject matter.
Bernanos, Georges Diary of a Country Priest
Wilder, Thornton The Bridge of San Luis Rey
The Eighth Day
Buchan, John The Thirty-Nine Steps
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travels
Austin, Jane Pride and Prejudice
Dostoevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment
he Brothers Karamazov
Orwell, George 1984
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451
Miller, Walter Canticle for Leibowitz
Chesterton, G.K. Orthodoxy
A Man Called Thursday
Melville, Herman Billy Budd
Stendhal The Red and the Black
Trollope, Anthony The Way We Live Now
Waugh, Evelyn Decline and Fall
The Sword of Honour Trilogy
Greene, Graham Brighton Rock
The Power and the Glory
Wodehouse, P.G. Any of his novels
Belloc, Hilaire The Path to Rome
The Servile State
Chesterton, G.K. St Thomas Aquinas
Lewis, C.S. The Abolition of Man
The Four Loves
Pieper, Josef The Four Virtues
Leisure: the Basis of Culture
Happiness and Contemplation
Schall, James V. A Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning
Another Sort of Learning
On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs
Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful
McInerny, D.Q. Being Logical: a Guide to Good Thinking
Maritain, Jacques Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Logic
Sheed, F.J. Theology and Sanity
Theology for Beginners
Waugh, Evelyn Helena
St Edmund Campion
Adler, Mortimer Ten Philosophical Mistakes
Aristotle for Everyone
How to Read a Book
Six Great Ideas
Sertillanges, A.D. The Intellectual Life
Rizzi, Anthony The Science Before Science
Safranek, John P. The Myth of Liberalism
Gombrich, E.H. The Story of Art
Cobbett, William A Grammar of the English Language
A History of the Protestant Reformation
Sullivan, Daniel An Introduction to Philosophy
Fagothey, Austen Right and Reason
Ripley, Francis J This is the Faith
Feser, Edward The Last Superstition
Goodman, Martin The Roman World 44BC - AD180
Orwell, George Politics and the English Language
Jensen, Steven J Living the Good Life: A Beginner’s Thomistic Ethics
Marshall, Taylor Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages
Leen, Edward The Holy Ghost
Why the Cross
Boethius The Consolation of Philosophy
English Literature - Major writers of prose fiction published before 1900:
Jane Austen Pride & Prejudice*, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion
Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights*
Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Wilkie Collins The Woman in White, The Moonstone
Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories
Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders
Charles Dickens Great Expectations* , A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield
Alexandre Dumas The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo
George Eliot Silas Marner, The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch
Henry Fielding Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews
Elizabeth Gaskell North & South, Cranford
Thomas Hardy Tess of the D’Urbervilles*, The Mayor of Casterbridge
Henry James Washington Square, Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw
DH Lawrence Sons & Lovers*, The Rainbow, Women in Love
Ford Madox Ford The Good Soldier, Parade’s End
Guy de Maupassant Selected short stories
Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels
William Thackeray Vanity Fair
Anthony Trollope Barchester Towers, The Way We Live Now
Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
Major writers of prose fiction published after 1900:
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart
Richard Adams Watership Down, The Plague Dogs, Shardik
Monica Ali Brick Lane
Kingsley Amis Lucky Jim*
Martin Amis London Fields, Time’s Arrow, The Rachel Papers
Kate Atkinson Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale*, Cat’s Eye, The Blind Assassin
Paul Auster The New York Trilogy
JG Ballard The Empire of the Sun, The Drowned World
Iain Banks The Crow Road, The Wasp Factory, Complicity
Julian Barnes The History of the World in 10 ½ chapters
Pat Barker The Regeneration Trilogy
William Boyd Any Human Heart
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
John Braine Room at the Top
Bill Bryson Neither Here Nor There, Notes From a Small Island
Mikael Bulgakov The Master and Marguerita
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange
AS Byatt Possession
Albert Camus The Outsider*, The Plague
Truman Capote Love in a Cold Climate, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Peter Carey Oscar & Lucinda
Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber, The Magic Toyshop, Heroes & Villains
Raymond Chandler The Long Goodbye, Farewell My Lovely
Jung Chang Wild Swans
Bruce Chatwin On the Black Hill, The Songlines
Jonathan Coe What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep
Joseph Conrad The Secret Agent*, Heart of Darkness
Louis De Bernières Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Roddy Doyle The Commitments, The Van, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha!
Daphne DuMaurier Rebecca, Jamaica Inn
Jennifer Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad
William Faulkner As I lay Dying
Sebastian Faulks Birdsong, Charlotte Gray
J Fennimore-Cooper The Last of the Mohicans
Fannie Flagg Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
EM Forster A Room with a View, Howard’s End, A Passage to India*
John Fowles The French Lieutenant’s Woman*, The Magus
Jostein Gaarder Sophie’s World
G Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude*, Love in the Time of Cholera
Alex Garland The Beach
Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm*
William Golding The Lord of the Flies*
Robert Graves I Claudius, Goodbye to all That
Graham Greene Brighton Rock*, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair
David Guterson Snow Falling on Cedars
Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
LP Hartley The Go-Between*
Joseph Heller Catch 22*
Ernest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms
Susan Hill I’m the King of the Castle, The Woman in Black
Nick Hornby Fever Pitch, High Fidelity
Keri Hulme The Bone People
Medieval and Early Modern History:
Conn Igulden Stormbird
Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose
Ellis Peter The Cadfael series
Sharon Penman The Sunne in Splendor
Josephine Tey The Daughter of Time
C J Sansom Dissolution, Dark Fire, Sovereign, Revelation, Lamentation, Tombland
Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall, Bringing up the Bodies, The Mirror and the Light
Sarah Dunanat Blood and Beauty, In the Name of the Family, Sacred Hearts
Modern History – British History:
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens Hard Times
George Eliot Middlemarch
Emile Zola Germinal
American Civil Rights: EL Doctorow The Book of Daniel
Albert French Billy
Arthur Miller All my Sons, A view from the Bridge, Death of a Salesman
Toni Morrison Beloved
Philip Roth American Pastoral
Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence
Popular Science Books
The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Surface. Monty Lyman
Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain. Sarah Jayne Blakemore
The Beautiful Cure: Harnessing Your Body’s Natural Defences. Daniel M Davis
Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds. Cordelia Fine
In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer's. Joseph Jebelli
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life. Ed Yong
Bird Sense. Tim Birkhead
Life Ascending. Nick Lane
Cure. Jo Marchant
Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World. Mark Miodownik
Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon. John Browne
Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives. Mark Miodownik
The Disappearing Spoon. Sam Kean
The Elements of Murder - A History of Poison. John Emsley
Aspirin: The Story of a Wonder Drug. Diarmuid Jeffreys
Clearing the Air: The Beginning and End of Air Pollution. Tim Smedley
The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World. Oliver Morton
Six Impossible Things: The ‘Quanta of Solace’ and the Mysteries of the Subatomic World. John Gribbin
The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter. Paul Steinhardt
Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. Simon Winchester
The Particle at the End of the Universe. Sean Carroll
The Wavewatcher’s Companion. Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Why Does E=mc2?.Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
Electric Universe - How Electricity Switched on the Modern World. David Bodanis
Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another. Philip Ball
The Invention of Nature. Andrea Wulf
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed For Men. Caroline Criado Perez
The Information. James Gleick
Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made. Gaia Vince
THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL BRIDGING BUNDLE
OBJECTIVES: Write a few sentences setting out what areas you want to explore, what skills you want to develop and what in general you hope to achieve in the next six–eight weeks.
AMBITIONS: Write down any of the books you want to read, films to see, podcasts to listen to, and courses to take to meet your objectives.
ACHIEVEMENTS: Write down what you have done from all the suggestions in the Bundle, adding a little review to each to say what you enjoyed or did not like about the activity and in what ways you have benefited.
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