Library and Reading

World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March 2022

On World Book Day we would love all the children to dress up as a character from their favourite book. There really is no need to spend any money. We are not expecting whole outfits – even a prop like a hat or funny glasses will do. Our English lessons during the week beginning 28th February will be focused around diverse texts.

Photos of children reading – we would love to gather together photographs of children reading to make a display. These do not just have to be taken on World Book Day, but perhaps when the children are at home on the weekends or during the forthcoming half-term or Easter breaks. Please email these to the school office.

World Book Day Token – all children will be given a £1 World Book Day token to swap for a £1 book in a book shop (such as WHSmith) or to put towards a new book they may wish to purchase.

Donations

Thanks to:

Stevenage Community Trust who gave us a grant in the Autumn Term towards a KinderBox. This box on wheels means that our oversize books for our younger pupils are now be beautifully looked-after and displayed.

Brora gifted us funds which  bought new book covers & barcodes for new library books we have received. These will soon be on display!

Volunteer Librarian

We are continually grateful to Miss Lee, parent to children in Year 3 & Year 5, who is now supporting us in the library for 1-2 hours per week. This is a huge help in putting away borrowed books and keeping the library ship-shape.

The Junior Librarians also lend assistance and we look forward to teaching them more about the AccessIt Library System in the months ahead.

LoveReading4Kids – one of the biggest and best websites for children’s books: reading, reviewing and recommending so you can find your next favourite book or author. There is a Kids’ Zone designed specifically for children, with competitions, activities, video, quizzes and other fun book-related content. Why not check it out? Just click the highlight words.

Our Library Refurbishment!

We are delighted to announce that our library shelves are now full of books! There is huge choice of fiction and non-fiction books, and the children have already started to borrow these.

Each child has their own unique barcode which allows them to borrow two books for two weeks at a time. The Class Teaching Assistant issue and returns these books (and any other reading scheme books that your child may come home with) via the library system ‘Access It’.

Pupils can log onto Access It at home: check which books they have been loaned, search for books by author, topic, title etc, reserve books, and the children can even write book reviews for other pupils to read!

Pupil can login here Access It Pupil Dashboard

  • Enter ‘Borrower ID’ –  a six-digit number that can be found in the front of their reading record (looks like a barcode).  No pin or password is needed.

  • Pupils are advised to watch the short video ‘Junior Guide to the Web App’ which can be found on the front page.

Reading – Please encourage your child to read lots, and note what and when they read in their reading logs. All loaned books should be returned promptly before being exchanged for new ones.

Caring for books – We would ask that the children take good care of the books they are loaned and bring them back in good condition. There are no fines for overdue books, however, if a book is lost or damage, we will have to charge to replace this. Please help us reinforce good habits with your child/ren:

  • Handle books carefully; don’t fold pages or corners of books

  • Keep books in a safe place; away from food, drink, sticky fingers and pets!

  • Return library books on time