St Elizabeth’s has two well-resourced libraries, one for Key Stage 1 and one for Key Stage 2 children. The Key Stage 1 (Infant) library has both fiction and non-fiction books which are invaluable resources supporting classroom learning. In addition to fiction books, the Key Stage 2 (Junior) library also provides a wide variety of non-fiction and reference books, which the children and teachers use to support their work across all areas of the curriculum.
The school actively encourages all children to develop library skills, and in Key Stage 2, all children are involved in small group library skills sessions which are taught by Mrs Briggs, our school Librarian. To aid classification and retrieval of books, the school uses a colour coding system in the Infant library and the Dewey Decimal system in the Junior library. Children are taught to use these systems, to take responsibility for the upkeep of the libraries and even become Junior Librarians in Year 6!
Mrs Briggs also runs a number of popular lunchtime Book Clubs for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, with over 100 children currently attending across the school.
We have recently introduced a new reading scheme for our Junior children called Accelerated Reader, which supports independent reading and pupils’ progress.
The ‘Read Aloud’ initiative is designed to encourage parents to read to their children from Reception through to Year 6.
Studies have shown that only 17% of children between the ages of 9 –11 years are read to. At St Elizabeth’s, we feel that a child will benefit greatly if they are read to, and that it is important to maintain this activity with older children. These benefits can include improved vocabulary and fluency, as well as continuing to foster a love of reading.
Each month Mrs Briggs selects a book that is suitable to be read aloud to children in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, and that families can enjoy together.
There are many events for the children throughout the course of the school year to promote literacy and reading for enjoyment, including Roald Dahl Day, National Poetry Day and Book Week. In addition, there are several creative writing competitions.