Award Winning Library
We are delighted that we won an award for the ’Best School Library’ by the KM Literacy Awards in 2017. We have also been successful by winning the ’Best Promotion of Reading for Pleasure’ and the ’Most Engaging Book Theme Week' in recent years.
We enjoy coming up here every week because there is a big variety of books and it is a calm place to read.
How do we use our library ?
Our library is a highly valued resource. We have well trained pupil librarians who are organised by Mrs Etheridge and are Reading Ambassadors for the school. So many children are keen to be librarians that we operate a termly rota. Existing librarians then train new recruits and Year 5 volunteers are identified in the summer term so there is plenty of time to train them and share knowledge.
Being a librarian is great as it means you are an important part of the school community, it's also great because we can promote our love of reading to young minds.
The books are very good because they're funny and they inspire me to keep reading to make my brain work. I go there every day because I enjoy books so much that I have stacks of books at home.
There is a library timetable where different year groups can visit the library at lunchtimes and the librarian team is available to help children to choose books. There are also touchscreen resources to enable children to browse the range electronically and we have introduced an online reservation system to allow them to reserve books outside their scheduled days. Our library environment is inviting and inspirational with posters of celebrities promoting reading, feature displays, recommended book lists and amazing specialised shelving units. Once children have chosen a book, they have various relaxing seating options: big comfortable sofas, cosy ‘nook’ seating and plenty of cushions to perch on – everything they need to get lost in a book!
Our Pupil Reading Magazine 'Reading Road'
Our termly School Magazine - Reading Road written by our librarians- encourages and inspires reading throughout the school and features many of the new titles in the library, together with old favourites that deserve a new audience.
Reading Road Magazine Edition 1
Reading Road Magazine Edition 2
There is a ‘What the Librarians are Reading’ board to help children choose books that may be of interest to them and displays such as ‘Top 50 Book for Topics’ and ‘Award Winning Books’. We have also invested in ‘Who’s Next?’ an online system to suggest similar authors for children’s future reading. Author visits generate interest in their publications which are also purchased for the library; Travelling Book Fairs are a regular feature and are well supported, generating nearly £2000 per year for new book titles.
A massive well done and thank you to Mrs Etheridge (Library Coordinator), Mrs Marshman (English Leader) and our fantastic Year 6 Librarians !
I think that the library is great and I love all the books in there. The librarians are great and they serve really well. It inspires people to read books and be librarians.
The library is a very quiet place. Whenever I go there and read I feel like I am watching whatever is happening in the story. Everyone is interested in all the books and feel all different emotions while reading. We also get to reserve books, which I find quite good because if I want a book, then the librarians will keep it safe and sound for me, with my name, date and my class. I really enjoy being in the library.
We have completely remodelled the library space to increase shelving for our ever-expanding range and provide more enticing seating for our visitors. Clever display dividers with new shelf signage make selection easier - highlighting great book choices and even helping to find that all important next book in the series. We have invested heavily in titles within certain themes such as: Diversity and Inclusion; Black Lives and History; BAME characters; Top 50 Books for Topics; and Branching Out (with different authors).
Come and visit us…we assure you of a warm welcome.
Top Ten Books for Key Stage Two
Children from Years 3 to 6 voted for the top ten books to read for each year group. Please follow the links below to see what the children recommend to read !