Reading and the School Libraries

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 to support classroom learning.  In addition to fiction books, the Key Stage 2 (Junior) library 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 Parker, 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 Parker 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.  

‘Read Aloud’

The ‘Read Aloud’ initiative is designed to encourage parents to read to their children from Reception right the way through to Year 6.

Recent studies show 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 Parker selects a book that is suitable to be read aloud to children in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.   Details about the book will be published together with links to associated activities and games that can be enjoyed as a family.

March’s Read Aloud – ‘A Darkness of Dragons’ by SA Patrick

January’s Read Aloud – ‘Picklewitch and Jack’ by Claire Barker

November’s Read Aloud – ‘Pages & Co: Tilly and the Book Wanderers’ by Anna James

September’s Read Aloud – ‘The Secret of the Night Train’ by Sylvia Bishop

Literary Events

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, Book Week and the Termly Reading Challenge.  In addition, there are several creative writing competitions as well as the ‘Star Readers’ initiative.

Mrs. Hannah Parker Librarian / Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hannah Parker
Librarian / Teaching Assistant