TERM 3 – UPDATE
A BRAND NEW ELIBRARY FOR FAIRFIELD HIGH SCHOOL!
We are thrilled to announce Fairfield High School has launched a fantastic eBook and audiobook service for our students.
With access to over 1500 eBooks, students will have endless possibilities at their fingertips to help continue their love of reading at home. Students can also choose from more than 900 audiobooks, meaning students and their families can listen to an epic selection of stories together. A great opportunity to get away from screens for a while!
Simple and easy to use
The service can be used on a browser or from downloading the ePlatform app. The app is quick, simple and free to install. Within minutes students will be able to read their library eBooks anywhere, any time, on most devices. It will be easy to borrow, read and listen on an iPad, iPhone, Android Phone, Tablet or Windows 8/10 device – without downloading any additional software.
Reading and listening can also be enjoyed offline, with places automatically bookmarked and saved for later.
Accessible reading for all
We carefully considered many options for our students at Fairfield. We felt the ePlatform service offers our students the widest variety of ways to completely personalise their reading preferences, with automatic and simple prompts to adjust settings such as background colour, line spacing, font style and size.
We are tremendously excited and proud to offer this service for our students and hope it is widely enjoyed by all. If you have any questions or need help installing the app, please contact our Librarian, Victoria Long.
A video showing students how to start borrowing from our new eLibrary has been shared with students and can be found in their Microsoft Teams tutor group folder.
DIGITAL LIBRARY DISPLAYS
This term we celebrate Women writers of science-fiction. Here are Sci-fi_women Top Picks:
February is LGBTQI+ History Month
LANGUAGE CLUB GOES ONLINE
Our language club is a monthly celebration of the community languages we share at Fairfield. We have put together a list of karaoke tracks with lyrics for students to try at home.
UPDATES FROM OUR EVENTS CALENDAR
We would normally have a busy events diary this month, with our annual Harry Potter Night and the 3rd Bristol Teen Book Award, both taking place in February.
Bristol Teen Book Award
Bristol Teen Book Award is organised by local school librarians. We are awaiting further information from the UK government about the reopening of schools before we can decide when to hold this year’s Bristol Teen Book Award. Here are our shortlisted titles:
Harry Potter Night has now been moved to 24th June
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/
We have more than 7000 books comprising a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and reference titles.
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.
A printer is available in the library for students’ use.
The library has a small shop selling stationery, calculators and memory sticks