Noadswood Read-Aloud

Welcome to the Noadswood Read-Aloud

Back in the 1980s and 90s (long, long ago!) young people wouldn’t rush home on their phones keen to spend more time on their phones! And some of us would be keen to sit down to watch a programme called Jackanory, where celebs of the day would read aloud the best in children’s fiction, transporting us to magical worlds, diverse and captivating. 

As we lost ourselves in the story, we’d be developing our vocabulary, our ability to shuffle language around to have the impact we wanted and our imaginations. We’d also relax in to these other worlds, and dial down our daily stresses as a result. 

At Noadswood, we’d love something of that experience for our young people at our school and at our local primary schools - what could be more important, now more than ever, than stories, read aloud that we can enjoy together?

We’d love you to join in with the Noadswood Read-Aloud, starting with the wonderful ‘Build A Book Day’ story ‘Flaming Vengeance’ which are found a little lower down this page.

Kathryn Marshall, Headteacher

Stewart Ross - Author Virtual Talk

Noadswood was delighted to welcome our good friend, Stewart Ross back to Noadswood today. Stuart is a prize-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, He is one of Britain’s most popular and versatile writers and has over 300 published titles, including novels, several plays, three librettos, and a musical.

Primary Talk

Noadswood Talk

Stewart joined us today to talk about his extraordinary career and  shared his top tips for aspiring writers. He also judged our Flaming Vengeance Read Aloud competition. We had some super entries but our six super winners.

From our local primaries our winners were:

Kaitlyn - Waterside Primary
Jack - Hythe Primary 
Scarlett - Waterside Primary 


Noadswood winners:

Mia - Year 7
Chloe - Year 7
JP - Year 11 

Each prize winner will receive a signed book from Stewart himself. If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of any of his books, please to visit his website below (click link)

Stewart Ross


Book 1 - Flaming Vengeance

Written by local children from primary schools and Noadswood, combined from March 2020, this one is read by Kathryn Marshall, headteacher but we’d love to hear a chapter of a story you’ve written, children and adults alike, or just a story or poem you’ve enjoyed - help us to build a community of readers and listeners together while apart.

Part I - Chapters I - IV 

Chapter I - 05:50

Chapter II - 07:28

Chapter III - 08:50

Chapter IV - 10:32

Part II - Chapters V - VIII

Chapter V - 02:00

Chapter VI - 04:37

Chapter VII - 06:00

Chapter VIII - 08:45

Part III - Chapters IX - XII

Chapter IX - 04:29

Chapter X - 06:36

Chapter XI - 09:10

Chapter XII - 11:08


Book 2 - The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien 

Written by J.R.R Tolkien, this is one of Mr Crowley's favourite stories which he is enjoying reading once again, this time to his daughter. It is a story set within Tolkien's fictional universe and follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins, Thorin and the dwarves as well as Gandalf the wizard, in their quest to claim back treasure which is now guarded by Smaug the dragon on the Lonely Mountain.

Chapter I - 1:04

Chapter II - 52:10

Chapter III - 1:23:47

Chapter IV - 1:40:45

Chapter V - 2:04:40

Chapter VI - 2:46:10

Chapter VII - 3:25:05


Join Mr Crowley next week for further chapters... 

Book 3 - Bodyguard: Target by Chris Bradford

Read by Mrs Maitland, Bodyguard: Target is about Ash Wild, the most successful teen rockstar in history. Millions of fans adore him. But one fanatic wants him dead...

Book 4 - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Join mole as he discovers the joy of life above ground. On his adventure he meets a new friend, Ratty, who shows him that there is nothing so wonderful as messing about on the river... Read by Miss Walker

Book 5 - Northern Lights: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Read by Miss Greenslade, join Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon who live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world...

Book 6 - Pokemon Legacy: Taming Giants by JP Coulson

Danny Phillips begins his Pokémon Journey in the Hoenn region. He meets two friends, Alex and Kai, who join him as they venture through forests and cities. In the ashes of Team Magma and Team Aqua, Team Giant has risen. It’s leader, Goliath is after Legendary Pokémon to assist him in his master plan. Can Danny, Kai and Alex stop him before he succeeds? Written and read by JP Coulson.

Book 7 - 2020

Talen in Year 7 has captured the landmark times of 2020 and Covid-19 

Reading 1 - The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Miss Fitzgerald is reciting the poem that was written and read by Amanda Gorman for Joe Biden's inauguration - an extremely powerful piece which gained worldwide praise

Book 8 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

Read by Alison Munden, one of our wonderful governors, the book is set in 1946 and is an epistolary novel, composed of letters written from one character to another.

Book 9 - When Sheriff Douglass Came to Town by Olivia, Year 8 

Read by Miss Marshall, a bloomin knockout story (where the Sheriff is a personified Covid...)

Chapter I - 4:06

Chapter II - 6:16

Chapter III - 9:39

Chapter IV - 11:33

Chapter V - 2:44

Chapter VI - 5:37

Chapter VII - 7:48

Chapter VIII - 10:07

Book 10 - Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Tom is a modern boy living under quarantine with his aunt and uncle in a city flat, part of a converted building that was a country house during the 1880s–1890s. At night he slips back in time to the old garden where he finds a girl playmate, called Hatty. Hatty is a princess or so she says. Read by Miss Clews this is an absolutely fantastic choice of book...

Book 11 - A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Join Miss West who has chosen one of her favourite novels - full of lots of ups and downs in The Bad Beginning, the first in this series...

Join us via our social media channels and ePraise for the next exciting instalment - if you’d like to join in our Read-Aloud with a story or chapter you’d love us to hear please contact Noadswood Headteacher, Kathryn Marshall, via our email link (click here)

Oak National have also created a virtual library in partnership with the National Literacy Trust where every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads (click link)