Literacy has never been so exciting here at JFC. Here is just a snippet of what’s been happening … It would seem that the library is the place to be before school, at break and lunch times! Students love coming in to pick up the latest book, to complete homework or to take part in the many quizzes created by our fantastic librarians. The library really has become what it should; a place to read and be creative. Most days we have a queue of students eager to enter. At the start of the autumn term, Mrs Newman selected over 300 fiction books to add to our vast collection – She asked students for recommendations and sought to find books that are this years must reads. From Patrick Ness to David Walliams they have been a huge hit with our many students and we hope this new energy will only continue throughout the academic year. New books are ordered and delivered to the library on a regular basis to ensure interest is maintained. Reviews are constantly being added to our plasma screens, giving students the chance to review and help other students select interesting reads!
We have 18 Kindles in the library which are readily available for students to book out at break and lunchtimes. There is a range of reading material on each one; just another way to encourage reading here at JFC.
Following the success of author Chris d’Lacey last year, our Librarian, Mrs Newman has arranged other book talking events, Alex McGowan our library representative from Leicestershire Services for Education has been in to college three times this academic year; to read extracts from books and to talk about inspiring reads. The aim of these events is to whet the students’ appetites and inspire them to pick up a book of a different genre from the one they would normally read. This is proving very successful to date.
Year 7 classes were offered the opportunity to hear Alex Scarrow talk about his thrilling series of time travel adventure books. There are nine books in this series, the last one, “The Infinity Cage” has recently been published. The students who attended this trip were very excited and enthusiastic about Alex Scarrow’s books. We are thrilled with the interest shown by students of all ages. Watch this space for details about future events.
Promoting literacy throughout the school is crucial; one way of achieving this is by having subject specific terms in the library. Each zone has been allocated a particular term to promote literature within their subject area. The display of books in the library will coincide with what is being taught at that particular stage. Mrs Newman and Mrs Breeze source suitable books and provide activities for each subject area. We hope that students will use the resources on offer to help complete tasks set in class and for homework too – many students seem to have lost the basic skills of research using resources other than the internet; we therefore hope that this is a way of encouraging research ability in preparation for their future education.
Reading Award and Book Events
The Reading Rainbow is our new reading challenge which we promote in the library; each colour of the rainbow has a different set of literacy based activities to complete. It’s our way of encouraging students to read and engage in small tasks, so far we have a number of students who have already competed three tasks for the “red” stage. At each stage of a completed colour, certificates can be collected and small prizes awarded, with a chance to win a bigger prize at the end of the summer term.
Book raffles have proven to be a great success at many of our social events. Last term has seen prospective students win books during our open week; there will be many more opportunities to win such prizes.
Last Year our Scholastic book event was fantastic. We have never seen so many students excited about reading! Our next one is already booked for June 2016. Watch this space for more news about the half price book fair.
The Scholastic Book Company promotes a competition alongside the Book Fair. Previously Year 8 students who took part in the Scholastic National Business School competition have done really well, finishing as runners up! They were just pipped at the post by a team of students from a London school. Well done to the Year 8 team!
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