We have been especially busy in the library this year. Library lessons for all year 7, 8 classes and selected year 9s have been packed with reading challenges, Stars of the Week and lots of books successfully read and quizzed on. On occasions we have read a book together as a class and explored wider themes and issues not immediately obvious. Students have been teased out of their favourite and ‘default’ genres and have explored a wider range of more challenging titles - our Top Twenty Gold, Silver & Bronze suggested titles and our Recommended Reading List are available for you on our website. Year 7 Parents have been given the opportunity to sign into Accelerated Reader so they can access their child’s reading data and get up-to-the-minute reading quiz scores - Accelerated Reader is the programme we use in library lessons and is a sophisticated Reading platform which analyses reading ages and gives an accurate range of books for pupils to choose from designed to stretch their reading practises, based on termly reading assessments.
Selected students from both year 10 and 11 have been Reading Mentoring with students in year 7 & 8 who need a bit of extra support strengthening their reading skills and this has been a real success. Good relationships between the cohorts have been formed and both mentors and mentees have enjoyed the process… especially rewarding when one of our mentees told us he looks forward to it all week!
Students from yr 7 – 9 took part in the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme. The majority of the ‘Shadowers’ who took part, managed to read all 8 books which were shortlisted titles chosen by authors and librarians across the country. There was a national vote, the winner of which was ‘The Poet X’ by Elizabeth Acevedo but we had a party and held our own vote and chose ‘Rebound’ by Kwame Alexander which we highly recommend – both titles are excellent.
We also attended the Lewisham Book Quiz which is a borough-wide inter-schools competition and although we didn’t manage to retain our 1st and 2nd place from last year, we had a great afternoon out and it was fun answering questions on lots of our favourite books and being introduced to some new titles. Finally, my library leaders have been amazing again this year. They work hard and deserve a lot of credit because there is always lots to do and I couldn’t do the job without them – I will especially miss the year 11s some of whom have been with me for the full 5 years. They are:
Misha (11), Orla (11), Manjul (11), Natalie (11), Lawrence (11), Yun (11), Amy (11), Luke 10), Ayat (10), Zarrah (10) Whitney (10), Jared (10), Lulu (9), Isla (8), Max (8), Aasta (8), Eleanor (8), Rafael (8) and Sylvan (7).
All in all, this has been a fantastic year in the library.
Ms Walker - Librarian