TERM 5 – UPDATE
Already very popular with our students, this promotion encourages students to complete a ‘bingo-style’ line or four books, discovering new genres and types of books as they go.
Students can earn 30 house points for each line they complete across, down, diagonally, or even the four corners. An example of one of the bingo cards is below and can be collected from the library.
Graphic novel / comic book reading promotion
We are asking students to help us choose Fairfield High School’s favourite graphic novel for 2021 by reading and rating our carefully curated shortlist.
Students who complete all five are automatically awarded 30 house points PLUS they are also in with a chance to win one of 3 available prize bundles!
This is an ideal project for students who love Manga, as they can explore a variety of graphic novels and build stamina for longer reads.
Fairfield eLibrary (ePlatform)
If you did not already know, we have an eLibrary for students to use at any time. To access, students log-on to their school email and find ePlatform in the list of apps.
With over 1500 eBooks and more than 900 audiobooks, students and their families can listen to an epic selection of stories together. A great opportunity to get away from screens for a while!
The service can be used on a browser or from downloading the ePlatform app. Reading and listening can also be enjoyed offline, with places automatically bookmarked and saved for later.
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.
Our top picks and audiobook list is updated regularly. Here’s a taste of our top picks:
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