The Library

GRAPHIC NOVEL COMPETITION

Students across all year groups from Fairfield and Elmfield have been taking part in our Graphic Novel competition this term. The challenge is to read five titles from a shortlist which has been hand-picked by us and then choose their favourite.  

This is a great way to explore graphic novels, especially for those who are new to the genre. We think this helps students think about what they find appealing in books but also to practice appraising titles on their merits. 

Students who judge all five books are entered into a prize drawer – the lucky winners will be announced before the end of term! 

YEAR 7 SCAVENGER HUNT

We have changed the way we welcome new students at Fairfield this year. We would love to invite our students to the library for lunch time events but instead (for nowwe have come up with an online quiz for students to complete, featuring questions about the school library. Students can find answers to these questions by visiting the library on Mondays (their designated day) or during their library lessons. 

There are prizes on offer which include writing journals and colourful stationery 

DYSLEXIA FRIENDLY BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY

This term we have further increased our Dyslexia-friendly range with books from specialist publisher Barrington Stoke. 

We love Barrington Stoke because they make super-readable booksdesigned to help dyslexic and reluctant readers unlock a life-long love of books. We have new books across all genres and with eye-catching covers that appeal to young people. 

https://www.barringtonstoke.co.uk/ 

REGULAR ACTIVITIES

We have temporary measures in place to limit sharing resources. Each year group has access to the library on different days and we continue to run some lunchtime activities for very small groups. 

ART CLUB

Students have been working on their own project boxes. They have been able to choose from Acorn necklacesClay mobiles and beautiful cards. 

BOOK CLUB

Our book clubs have been reading a selection of books this year 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TERM 3 – BRISTOL TEEN BOOK AWARD RETURNS! 

This year the popular event will be held virtually during February. With a firstclass line-up, be sure to check these books out and vote for your favourite. Please see the letter for parents and book teasers below: 

BTBAwardparentletter2020 

BTBA General Information

LIBRARY INFORMATION

Accelerated Reader:

All Key Stage 3 students (Y7, Y8 & Y9) take part in the Accelerated Reader programme.

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a software tool used for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. It is proven to raise literacy standards for students of all ages and abilities by motivating students to read more, suitably challenging books.

Students select a book at their individual level, read it at their own pace then take a short quiz to assess how well they have understood it. Feedback based on quiz results helps teachers and librarians to guide each student, to set targets and to direct on-going reading practice.

Accelerated Reader has more than 32,000 quizzes on fiction and non-fiction literature from over 300 publishers.

There are usually 5, 10 or 20 questions in a Reading Practice quiz depending on the length and complexity of the book. Approximately 200 new reading practice quizzes are added to the programme every month.

If you would like to check whether there is an Accelerated Reader quiz before choosing your next book, go to http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/

Resources:

Books

We have more than 7000 books comprising a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and reference titles.

Computers

We have 17 computers available for students to check emails, complete homework and carry out research during homework club, break and lunchtimes.

Displays and activities

Colourful displays on a range of topical issues are regularly updated to encourage students’ interest and participation. Books and resources on current homework topics are displayed in a dedicated area of the library.

From time to time we have visits from authors and illustrators, who talk about their work or run workshops with our students.

Printer/photocopier

A printer is available in the library for students’ use.

Stationery shop

The library has a small shop selling stationery, calculators and memory sticks.