Our library is a much used and valuable resource. It is a place where students can come before school, at lunchtime and after school, to read, use laptops for homework and research or access Show My Homework. They can also buy revision guides and school equipment at a discounted price. It is a warm and welcoming environment where pupils say they feel safe and valued. Students can also get their DG Logins and SHM passwords from Ms Walker.
We recently received a grant of £6,000 from Foyles Books for which we remain extremely grateful. With that money we have bought in a number of current and favourite titles, many of which feature in the Book Trust’s Recommended Titles Lists. The Book Trust is a fantastic website for pupils and parents alike and an excellent partner for schools and you will find a link to their website here. Their website offers up to date information and reviews on a huge range of books and authors for young people and gives our students the opportunity to access the very latest titles. Again we are grateful to the Book Trust for allowing us to use their link.
Students from both year 7 & 8 have fortnightly dedicated library lessons where the soul focus is reading and are encouraged to develop the ability to read a variety of books and genres and then test themselves on their understanding of the text though online quizzes. We do this through a sophisticated programme called Accelerated Reader. At the start of every term, all students in these year groups take a general 34 question comprehension assessment which analyses their responses and produces data on their reading age and recommends a range of books for them to select from in order to progress to the next level. The fiction books in the library are colour-coded to help them with their selections. Targets are then set and pupils are encouraged to challenge themselves to continuously improve their reading ability. This includes the ability to stick with texts and choose texts and genres that they would not naturally gravitate to. Accelerated Reader states that on average most pupils, where engaged with the programme, will improve by up to 2 Reading Age years in 1 academic year but we often find that many pupils make more progress than this
DEPTFORD GREEN LIBRARY LEADERS:
In the library Ms Walker is privileged to have an amazing team of Library Leaders working with her and their contribution to the library is invaluable. These are:
Orla (10RO), Misha (10FW), Manjul (10SC), Natalie (10FW), Lawrence (10SC) , Amy (10RO), Luke (9BU), Albert (8FO), Iris (7CA) and Minh (7HI).