Our Learning Resource Centre is a warm and friendly area for students to visit, not only during lesson time but also during break and lunch. Mrs Fereday (LRC Manager) is on hand to advise and help students with which ever activity they are involved in.
The library offers a large selection of books, both fiction and nonfiction to our students. Our LRC Manager tries to ensure that books of a series are kept up to date with anticipated sequels available to students as soon as possible, and will consider all requests for new books.
Students in years 7 and 8 enjoy, as part of their English lessons, library time every 2 weeks. During their library lesson students are encouraged to read for pleasure and complete structured activities around their reading task. A significant number of books in our LRC are coded for recommended reading age and by monitoring this, we can ensure that students are reading books to their ability and suggestions can be made to expand their reading experience.
For KS4 students, the LRC is a valuable source of information about future careers. This year, we are pleased to add to our resources books and DVDs provided by www.how2become.com.
During break and lunch, students can enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere in the LRC. All students are welcome but are asked to ensure that they are participating in constructive activities. Many students visit the LRC during this time just to take time out of their busy school day to sit quietly and read their current novel, while others enjoy playing games such as Scrabble, pondering over puzzles like crosswords and word searches, drawing or completing extended lesson work on one of the computers available.
To kick start the new academic year, in October the LRC has arranged for our year 7 students to receive a free book through the Book Trust incentive Book Buzz. At the end of the last academic year, students took part in the Sheffield Children’s Book Award. This is a prestigious award for authors of children’s books as the only voters permitted are students. In November, the students who took part in the scheme, and voted for their favourite author, were invited to the award ceremony to watch the winning author receive the award.