Our Library Leader is Diana Cook.
Library - the beating heart of our school
We have refurbished our library to make a vibrant, creative area for children to share books. This was a community project. Recover, a local charity, refurbished some old school furniture and made a selection of colourful beanbags. Volunteers for Peartree Christ Church helped to sort out and catalogue all the books. Our books are on a computerised system so we can keep track of our lending habits.
All pupils are encouraged to read independently, both at school and at home. We have a well-equipped library. Pupils are expected to read at home, encouraged by parent/carers who write in their child’s reading diary.
Pupils in EYFS and Year 1, and older pupils who still need phonic support, take home Read Write Inc. books, linked to their phonic lessons. In addition, they will be given phonetic, fully-decodable book to read at home. In addition, pupils will bring home flash cards of words they are expected to learn so they can recognise them by sight (see Early Reading section).
Pupils from Year 2 upwards are assessed using Star Reader. Children who have strong phonetic knowledge but no ZPD allocated or a ZPD of less than one, will be given books according to coloured book bands. These aim build up a sight vocabulary and a love of reading. Those pupils with a ZPD range of 1+ take home a book categorised according to Accelerated Reader bands. We aim to change books regularly, with on-going assessment to ensure pupils are reading books which are neither too challenging nor too easy.
What difference could I make as a parent?
The short answer is: a lot! Parents are by far the most important educators in a child’s life and it’s never too young for a child to start, even if you’re only reading with your child for a few minutes a day. Before they're born, babies learn to recognise their parents' voices. Reading to your baby from the time they're born gives them the comfort of your voice and increases their exposure to language.
Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out print. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a rich and wide vocabulary. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work as well. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.