Early Years & Primary
In the Early Years and Primary libraries our main aim and overriding passion is to promote reading for pleasure, enabling our children to form a habit of reading and a love of books. To achieve this objective we have provided a stimulating, safe, relaxed and supportive environment for the children to enjoy. Here is an overview of the work we do:
- The Primary library provides access to good quality reading material that engages, extends and enraptures readers.
- Every class from Year 1 to 6 has a weekly library lesson delivered by a fully qualified and experienced primary school teacher in which they are introduced to various authors, genres and reading material that they may not normally choose to read.
- As well as widening their knowledge and their understanding of the world this helps to develop an awareness of the importance of books and other resources as a means of recording and sharing human achievements and aspirations.
- Included in these library lessons are also opportunities for children to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to access the library resources.
Both libraries (EY/Infants and Junior) have been carefully designed to make the most use of natural light with the shelves running perpendicular to the windows. Wide walkways between the shelves create a stress free environment where the children can take their time to browse the large and ever expanding collection of both fiction and nonfiction books.
The new Infant library boasts attractive purpose-built, low-level shelving for picture books that provide easy and safe access. There is also a designated non-fiction area complete with it’s own ‘reading tower’. The non-fiction books are arranged in topics using a pictorial system. Even the youngest children can now easily find or return books to the correct shelf.
In the Junior (KS2) library many areas of ‘lounge style’ seating are provided as well as a designated lounge area where the magazines and picture books are shelved. These areas have proved very popular with the children. Before school, at break times, lunchtimes and after school they are full of children reading quietly or sharing and enjoying books in a relaxed and informal setting.