The iBase is open to students before school, at break and after the normal academy day for independent research, homework and reading. After school on Wednesdays and Thursdays the iBase is designated as a ‘Silent Study’ area to support students with revision and homework. A team of student iBase Assistants, from across all year groups, help run the iBase on a day to day basis, meeting regularly to discuss new initiatives and to promote reading throughout school. The iBase is also home to the school newspaper, ‘The Trinity Times’, which is produced by a team of Student Reporters who cover events within school as well as wider issues. Contact us on DTA_iBase
The iBase curates a collection of over 1,300 e-books that can be accessed on various devices. The collection is continuing to grow and comprises both fiction and non-fiction texts. Login using your school email and school password.
Britannica School gives you high quality information all in one place. Each level shows an image of a tree and as the tree gains more leaves, so the on-line encyclopaedia will give you more information and a higher level of resources with more ambitious text.
Type in a key word or key phrase that you wish to find out more about and the encyclopaedia will give you various resources to click on. On the left-hand side, you can research in further depth if you click on Primary Sources and E-Books. You can also click on Web’s Best Sites and it will find credible sites to widen your research. You can search for related Images and Videos within the encyclopaedia.
According to a study from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, listening to books is similar to listening to music. Researchers discovered that listening to a book can stimulate parts of the brain that are associated with attention, memory, language and mood. Listen to free podcasts of GCSE English Literature texts and other classics.
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Current iBase Competitions
Take A Seat! Design a miniature chair bespoke for a character from a book. Send a photo to DTA_iBase explaining which character the chair would suit and why. The competition closes 3 July, 2020.
For further inspiration head to MoMA and scroll down until you see the chairs. “I had just finished reading ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott who was writing in the 1800s. This chair was designed for Amy March, one of the sisters in the novel. At first Amy is vain and adores pretty trinkets and items. The chair is pink with contrasting lighter and dark circles and embossed gold. I felt Amy would have adored sitting on this chair and feeling elegant.” See Mrs Titterington’s miniature chair made from a tissue box!
What the iBase Team is reading
Miss Shabbir is currently reading ‘The Child’ by Fiona Barton. “It is a slow burning, psychological thriller where a journalist is investigating a decade old crime.” Find this paperback on the Adult Fiction shelves in the iBase.
Mrs Titterington is currently reading ‘Good Wives’ by Louisa May Alcott. “This is the sequel to ‘Little Women’ and continues to follow the March sisters and their immediate friends. The novel is about friendship, love and loss as the characters grow up.” Access the e-book from Trinity’s e-book collection.
Maryam Begum, Head iBase Student, Year 11 has just finished reading 'The boy In The Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne. " I have read this book for the second time and I would like to encourage Year 11 students to watch 'The Pianist' from 2003 which is, in my opinion, a very moving story. On a final note, for those wondering what I may read next, it is my intention to read more thrillers and/or magical realism starting with Stephen King's 'The Green Mile' - a book detailing the unearthly abilities an inmate named John Coffey has to heal people contrasting his brutal experiences on death row."
Amaan, iBase Assistant, Year 7 is currently reading 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio. " 'Wonder' is an excellent book that tells a moving and inspiring story. It’s fast-moving and gripping too. This book changes minds and moves hearts. This is my thing."
Sufyan Mahmood, Senior iBase Assistant, Year 10 is currently reading ‘Don't You Cry’ by Cass Green. “It is a psychological thriller full of twists and turns.”
Subhaan Ali, iBase Assistant, Year 7 is currently reading ‘The Toll’ by Neal Shusterman and the final book in the trilogy. “I read the first one in school and knew I needed to buy the collection!”
Rumaysa Mahmood, iBase Assistant, Year 7 is currently reading ‘A French Girl in New York’ by Anna Adams. “Although I have only started to read it, already I find it funny and exciting. It is a series about a French girl called Maude who gets picked to go to New York to study music by a famous businessman.”
Trisha Magadoyiova, iBase Assistant, Year 7 is currently reading 'Mirror, Mirror'. "It's the typical tale of the poisoned apple, except this time Prince Charming is the one to take the first bite! It's now up the the pretty princess (Snow White) to take on the pressure and step into battle to determine the happy ever after ending."