At St Joseph’s, we promote and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of reading. We regularly encourage children to visit our wonderful library to promote reading for pleasure. Reading can be an escapism to other worlds. It lets the imagination take over and we strive to immerse our children in texts throughout the school day. The library is often using during lesson times for smaller group learning and as a break-out space to support children’s mental and emotional wellbeing throughout the day.
Class Visits to the School Library
All classes from FS1 to Year 6 regularly visit the school library. The library is used in various different ways by teachers and teaching assistants. We encourage the children to choose books that they would like to read for pleasure – these can be taken home or kept in the classrooms. We enjoy quiet story times in the library, sometimes in whole classes, sometimes in smaller groups. The children have told us that they like the comfy space and enjoy being “surrounded by books.” The library is also used as a more specific teaching tool, classes often visit the library to find books about their topics.
We are continuing the hugely popular Library Lunchtimes that was set up by children in Year 6. This year our Year 5 Library Ambassadors are running Library Lunchtime on Wednesdays. Two children from each class can choose to use the library at lunchtime and share a book with an older pupil. We have found this a very popular initiative and it has been very successful in supporting cross- year group friendships and encouraging more reluctant readers. The library also provides a quiet space for children to enjoy at lunchtimes.
Library Opening for Parents and Children
Every Thursday from 3.15-3.45, we open the library for parents to come with their children. We encourage them to choose a book, share it at home and bring it back the next week for another book! The children are so enthusiastic about the range of books we have and excited that they can bring their grown ups too!
Leeds School Library Service
The books within our classrooms are carefully organised to reflect the current learning across all subjects for that half term. The children can choose from a superb selection of good quality books provided by the School Library Service. The children are encouraged to read a range of fiction and non-fiction books to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the topics being studied. Children enjoy capturing and sharing their ideas and reflections on our library ‘recommend a read’ flipchart. Where children give star rating and comments to guide other readers.
We also use books from the School Library Service to enhance our school library to keep the books fresh, vibrant and exciting for our pupils. These books are then organised in the library by genre or topic to enhance learning and enrich their reading for pleasure.
Reading for Mental Health
We are very grateful to have been given some beautiful new fiction and non-fiction books all about mental health. Teachers will use these books to support transition times and to help anyone going through a hard time, but they are also readily accessible for pupils to use on their own. Thank you Leeds Library Service!