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The Library

Fairfield High School library (Learning Resource Centre)

Term 3 in the Library 

Lunchtimes in the library

Art Club continues to be a popular lunch time activity. This term we’ve been working with mixed materials to create 3D models of endangered animals. We’ve also worked with air-drying clay to create beautiful flowerpots to decorate the library. Spring arrives with term 4 and we’ll be creating paper flowers to add to the flowerpots already made by students this term.

BBC Radio 2 – 500 words writing competition

Writing workshops led by Ms Kramer-Arden have been hugely popular with our budding writers at Fairfield High School. Students have been attending the weekly sessions designed to help them set the scene, develop their characters and round-off their competition entries. Entries can be submitted to Ms Long by the end of Tuesday 25th February. Good luck!

Book Clubs in the Library

Between our book groups this term we have been reading:

·        Asha and the Spirit Bird - Jasbinder Bilan (Costa Children’s Book Award 2019)

·        Looking at the Stars – Lewis Hine

·        One of Us is Lying – Karen McManus

·        Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story – Catherine Johnston

Book club is open to everyone

Language Games in the library - Arabic Word of the day Special!

Arabic Word of the Day has been hugely successful since its launch September 2019. Students have been playing along and have learnt over 70 words. They will be using this knowledge to play a very special Languages in the Library game on Friday 14th February - with a £10 voucher up for grabs to the winner.

Harry Potter Night – Wednesday 5th February

Harry Potter was MASSIVE! Thanks to our students who came and made it a brilliant evening. With a huge amount of quizzing and games, a competition to beat the Tri-wizard cup age line, hunting the golden snitch (always very exciting) crafts made and yummy snacks eaten. It was a truly magnificent night, with Hufflepuff scoring the most points, they were the winners on the night.

Bristol Teen Book awards – Thursday 13th February

At the time of going to press we have freshly submitted our favourite of the shortlisted books for this year’s awards. It’s always a real treat to go along to the award ceremony with our students. All of the authors will be there and it’s a great opportunity for our students to hear first-hand what it’s like to be a writer. The award in it’s second year we are building on the success of previous year’s awards. The Bristol Teen Book Award is in its second year and celebrates diversity in Young Adult fiction.

And finally…

We’d like to say an enormous thank you to our students who give up their time to help us in the library. Some students are using the volunteering experience to support their Pixl Edge profile and others are working towards a Duke of Edinburgh award, all are making a hugely valuable contribution to the school. Thank you!

General Library Info...

Accelerated Reader:

Year 7 and 8 students take part in the Accelerated Reader programme. 

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a software tool used for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. It is proven to raise literacy standards for students of all ages and abilities by motivating students to read more, suitably challenging books.

Students select a book at their individual level, read it at their own pace then take a short quiz to assess how well they have understood it. Feedback based on quiz results helps teachers and librarians to guide each student, to set targets and to direct on-going reading practice.

Accelerated Reader has more than 32,000 quizzes on fiction and non-fiction literature from over 300 publishers.

There are usually 5, 10 or 20 questions in a Reading Practice quiz depending on the length and complexity of the book. Approximately 200 new reading practice quizzes are added to the programme every month.

If you would like to check whether there is an Accelerated Reader quiz before choosing your next book, go to http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/

A big thank you

…to our parent volunteers who given up their time to listen to Year 7 and Year 8 students during library lessons. Reading aloud is hugely important to students who are still developing their reading practice. Thank you!

Opening Times:

The library is open from 8am – 4pm Monday – Friday

Resources:

Books

We have more than 7000 books comprising a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and reference titles.

Newspapers

We get the daily i newspaper in the Library.

Computers

We have 17 computers available for students to check emails, complete homework and carry out research during homework club, break and lunchtimes.

Displays and activities

Colourful displays on a range of topical issues are regularly updated to encourage students’ interest and participation.  Books and resources on current homework topics are displayed in a dedicated area of the library.

From time to time we have visits from authors and illustrators, who talk about their work or run workshops with our students.

Printer/photocopier

A printer is available in the library for students’ use.

Stationery shop

The library has a small shop selling stationery, calculators and memory sticks.

And there's our usual activities...

Our weekly activities include a comic book drawing club and a creative writing club. Our Homework Club runs before and after school each day (except Fridays after school) where help is at hand for all. The library is a great place to work on home-learning projects, with dedicated book collections and reading lists.

Scholastic:

We receive free books for every book ordered, please click here for more details or to place an order.

  1. Fairfield High School reading list Summer 18

If a parent requires a paper copy of the information on the school's website, please contact us and this will be provided free of charge