Mr Woodcock is responsible for running the school library. The school is strongly committed to improving literacy and understands the importance of reading for pleasure. Children are encouraged to read a wide range of good quality literature and to enjoy reading. We have a well-stocked library and use the Junior Librarian computer system to catalogue our books. This system enables children to search for library books on the computer and provides help and inspiration on what they might like to read next. Books can be borrowed by scanning them out and then later returning them back to the library. In September each year children in Year 6 have the opportunity to become volunteer librarians. Further details can be found on the roles and responsibilities page of our website.
The Travelling Book Fair usually visits us twice a year. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to buy the latest books and the rewards earned from any sales enable us to buy new books for the school library. Unfortunately, due to current COVID-19 restrictions, this has not yet taken place this year. We are hoping to have them visit us later in the Spring terms.
Accelerated Reading Scheme
We are continuing with the Accelerated Reader (AR) scheme this year for children in Years 2 – 6. AR uses a computer programme to help manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. As part of this, children complete a Star Test on the computer each term which gives them a reading level to work with.This enables children to chose a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. When they have finished their chosen book, they take a short comprehension quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that they have understood what they have read. AR gives children and teaching staff feedback on the quiz results. Teachers can use this to help set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them – this makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. It also guides children to choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating. This helps to ensure that each child can pass the quiz and experience success.
There are a number of AR competitions and rewards running throughout the year. For example, we award raffle tickets to children that achieve 100% in an AR quiz that gives them the changce to win a book at the end of that term. There are also a number of golden tickets hidden in books in the Library. If a child finds a ticket and goes on to achieve 85% or higher in the quiz they are rewarded with extra house points.
A copy of the AR presentation shown to parents can be accessed below. More information about reading can be found in the Curriculum section of the web site under English.