Term 4 LIBRARY NEWSLETTER
This term we have been really busy celebrating books and reading in school. We have loved being able to hold events for students again.
Harry Potter Night
On Thursday 10th March, we held our Harry Potter Night with some dedicated Potterheads and it was MASSIVE! Thanks to our students who came and made it a brilliant evening. With a huge amount of quizzing and games, a competition to beat the Tri-wizard cup age line, hunting the golden snitch (always very exciting) and plenty of yummy snacks eaten. It was a truly magnificent night.
Bristol Teen Book Award
The Bristol Teen Book Award is in its fourth year and celebrates diversity in Young Adult fiction. We went along with a group of students to Bristol Cathedral Choir School for an awards ceremony on 17th March. Students were inspired by their workshop with celebrated author Alex Wheatle as well as enjoying heaps of activities and competitions on the day.
April is Autism Awareness month
ELSA visit to Grayson Perry exhibition
During the National Lockdown’s of 2020 and 2021, Grayson Perry, one of Britain’s leading artists, encouraged the nation to come together and unlock their creativity on his Channel 4 TV show ‘Grayson’s Art Club’, and find comfort and company through art.
The public were invited to share their artworks and over 17,000 entries were submitted throughout the series in a vast range of mediums – from paintings and photography, to ceramics and textiles.
Here are some of the great things we saw when we took a group of students who have time with an ELSA in school to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on 24th March.
An ELSA in a school is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. They are teaching assistants who have had special training from educational psychologists to support the emotional development of children and young people in school. ELSAs help children and young people learn to understand their emotions and they provide the time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they manage them.
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