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Team Fairfield took time out to remember and reflect Holocaust Memorial Day. The Library was privileged to be engaged in a fascinating 45 minute online learning experience with author Tom Palmer and Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich MBE (see below). This event was suited for Key Stage 3 students (Years 7, 8 & 9) and was a fitting opportunity with which to learn about the systematic erasure of six million Jewish people. This experience also gave students the chance to interact with the presenters through the chat function.
Below are some links that may be of interest in relation to this subject:
What Is Holocaust Memorial Day? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCYAFWiZfRg
Tom Palmer “This is Not a Story” YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmmlG7jutI-227x_gmj_Lez0F4vkPADZU
The live event can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/LiteracyTrust
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.
Every student at Fairfield can access a variety of eBooks and audiobooks through ePlatform. Thousands of books can be accessed from any device, even from home!
Simply go into Microsoft 365 and look for “ePlatform” under apps.
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