Welcome to St Edmund’s Catholic School Library
Opening Hours: Mon – Weds 8.45 – 4.30 and Friday 8.45am to 3.00pm
Pupils can access the library at break times, lunch times and after school to change their books, for quiet reading and to use all available resources. Computers are available for school use only with access to a printer/copier.
KS3 pupils use the Accelerated Reading scheme, a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, motivating our pupils to read for pleasure. Pupils complete an on-line reading test which has been built with the new national curriculum in mind. Accelerated Reading can be accessed here
Year 7 and Year 8 pupils have reading logs which they update on a regular basis, commenting on the books they are reading and completing book reviews. They are encouraged to read out loud to someone at home everyday and parents have the opportunity to write comments in the reading log. These reading logs are an opportunity for us to monitor your child’s reading progress.
What you can do at home
Read with your child. It sounds simple but time together can be pressured in modern families. Below are some initial ideas to make reading an enjoyable part of your day.
Read anything! – Don’t worry if your child is mainly interested in comics or only likes horror stories. Research shows that it doesn’t matter WHAT children read as long as they read SOMETHING. Try and read the paper with your child, or the tv schedules or maybe a leaflet about the local community. Perhaps you can recommend reading materials to each other or try new things together? Perhaps your child would like a magazine subscription for their next birthday?
Join the library! – Your local library provides a range of services, including lots of books, CDs, DVDs and magazines to borrow and free access to the internet. Even when you are not in the library, you can still use their extensive online reference materials. Library staff can offer advice and help with a whole range of enquiries. All of this is free of charge – simply get a library card!
Consider alternative formats! – Is it impossible to drag your child away from a screen? Consider eBooks – most devices like tablets and iPods allow you to upload eBooks, often for free. Or how about listening to an audiobook on your next car journey? You can get these for free from the local library.
Talk talk talk! – Talking to your child is vitally important for them to develop their literacy skills and become more confident in developing and expressing opinions. Discuss a film you have seen, a book you have both read (give it a go – teenage fiction is more enjoyable than you may think!) or an item on the news.
NLT – The National Literacy Trust offers help, advice and resources to encourage everyone to read and improve their literacy skills. You can also find more information on how literacy skills benefit society.
British Dyslexia Association – The British Dyslexia Association website contains a wealth of advice to help dyslexic children with their schoolwork. There is also a specific section on helping your child to enjoy reading.
Booktrust – Booktrust is a charity whose mission it is to inspire a love of books. You will find book trailers, interviews with authors and recommendations for specific interest, age groups and ability levels here.
Reading lists are available for all year groups and can be downloaded below:
For more information contact the Librarian Mrs Stradling firstname.lastname@example.org