The Junior Library was opened in November 2007 and has provided the children with a vibrant and inviting environment. Our aim is to encourage the pupils to be become enthusiastic and effective readers by nurturing a love of books for pleasure and for information. The library is open for the children’s use in the mornings before the school day begins and during lunchtimes.
The Lower Junior classes also have a timetabled library lesson each week where library skills are reinforced by a teacher. Time is taken to discuss how to choose a suitable book and to recommend books to their peers.
A support team of staff are based within the library. As well as listening to the junior children read and supporting the implementation of the school reading scheme, their roles involve the execution of a number of extra provisions. These include the promotion of a Reading Award Scheme, Language Workshops, Handwriting Club, Library Club and regular book clubs.
Year Three children are invited to join Library Club, which operates on a weekly basis during lunchtime in the junior library. The children complete a library skills booklet whilst learning how to use the library efficiently and independently. Knowledge on differentiating between fiction and non-fiction and recommending books to one another is achieved throughout the sessions.
A love of books
In order to encourage a positive attitude towards books and libraries we regularly update our displays and focus on a different author each month. In Year Five and Six the children are given the opportunity to become a librarian. Within this role they assist with the day to day running of the Library and help the younger children to become more confident in using the library efficiently.