The Library is a central resource which supports the school curriculum. It is an integral part of the teaching and learning and other activities in the School, and provides a focus for information literacy skills development. The Library offers space for independent study or reading during free periods, breaks in the school day, and after school. In addition, we aim to provide opportunities for the girls to read more widely and think more deeply, and also to make resources available for leisure and recreational needs.
During each of the first three weeks of the year, one of the L4 English lessons is dedicated to learning to use the Library. Pupils receive a general introduction to the Library during the first week, finding out about the borrowing system, opening times, the various uses they will make of the Library, the arrangement of books and the Library rules. During the second week the lesson focuses on the use of the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) to facilitate searching of the Library’s resources. The third week is devoted to The Reading Game. Pupils are introduced to 30 fiction books across 5 different genres and they discuss and then choose personal favourites from their covers, introductions and starting paragraphs. This gives them a good platform from which to start their reading programme.
For the rest of the year, the pupils are brought to the Library once a week during an English lesson for a period of individual reading. Pupils may select books from the Library or books from home.
In the 4s and U4, pupils continue to enjoy weekly individual reading periods in conjunction with the English Department.
In November, two teams of four pupils are selected from the 4s and/or L4s to take part in the regional heats of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. Successful teams at regional level progress to the National event, and the winners there represent the UK at international level.
During the Trinity term, keen readers from all three year groups are invited to join the School’s Carnegie Medal Shadowing Group. The Group meets weekly to read books on the shortlist, discuss them, review them, and submit reviews to the shadowing website. We also read reviews from other groups all around the country. After reading as many of the shortlisted books as possible, we vote for our favourite and then find out whether the judges agree with us!
A similar group is formed during the Lent term to take part in the Berkshire Book Award.
The Library offers space for independent study or reading during free periods, breaks in the school day, and after school.