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Library

School Library

Our school is strongly committed to improving literacy and we encourage children to read for pleasure as well as to improve their literacy skills and widen their knowledge.  There is good evidence to show that young people who read for pleasure perform well at school.

Pupils have one half hour library lesson a week during which they can browse, borrow and return books.  Staff often use this time for guided reading and checking reading records and children can have some quiet reading time.  The library is open before school from 8 am, at break and at lunchtime.  At lunchtime, the library is a quiet, calm place for reading and study and provides a peaceful haven for those who need it.

We have a very colourful and engaging online version of our school library called Eclipse.net which allows pupils and parents to access our school library catalogue from home.  There are lots of interesting features that will help in deciding what to read including plot summaries, author interviews and recommendations.  Pupils are also able to write and post reviews of the books they have read, see what books they have borrowed and see what’s new.

The Alameda Learning Platform has a link to Eclipse and there is also a link on the school’s website in the top right corner of the home page. Your child’s user name will be given to them at school and the password is harrypotter.

There is also an App for phones and tablets called ‘iMLS’ that can be freely downloaded from the App Store (Apple), Google Play or Marketplace.

Parents often ask for recommendations and some ideas for each year group are given below.

Additionally, you may find the following website useful:

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/

  1. Recommended reading list Year 5
  2. Recommended reading list Year 6
  3. Recommended reading list Year 7
  4. Recommended reading list Year 8