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Fairfield High School library (Learning Resource Centre)

Term 3 in the Library 

Here’s a scary thought, we are about to inch past the halfway point of the academic year.

And to celebrate, here is the superbly talented Aeryn from 7T. Aeryn created these beautiful creatures using watercolour and acrylic for our fantasy passport display.

Enter the world of fantasy!

The Passport is back – the library’s passport competition encourages students to read across and discover a genre that might be new to them.

This time we enter the world of fantasy – think dragons, witches, made-up lands, magical beasts and yes, Harry Potter.

Students collect a passport from the library and read four books across the genre (sadly no – you can’t just read four Harry Potter books) - filling out the passport with details of the newly-discovered lands as they go.

And the prizes are....

Our regular activities:

Book Club

Throughout this term we have been reading The House on Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. This fantastic book is a breath-taking reimagining of a Russian folk tale that the students have loved reading.

After some heated discussion, we’ve settled on our next book for Term 4 – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

New members are always welcome – we meet on Wednesday at lunch time.

Art Club

This term our students have been helping to create a display for this year’s graphic novel and comic book initiative – Excelsior Award – you can read more about this below.

Students at this popular weekly club have also tried painting in watercolour and exploring portrait.

Excelsior

The Excelsior Award is presented to the best children’s graphic novels that are published every year.

Students can rate and review each of the ten books on the shortlist (according to Story, Artwork, Characters and Dialogue).

For the first time this year, there will be two age categories, 11+ and 14+.

Participants can enter the prize drawer and with a whole goody bag of graphic novel-related wonders up for grabs, I’m sure the Excelsior Award will be a huge success!

Lastly…

The chocolate frogs have arrived…

At the time of writing we in the library are gearing up for our annual Harry Potter night - a fantastic party featuring games, prizes amid a general celebration of all things Potter!

Can you help students develop their reading skills?

FHS Library Reading List - see attachment below:

We’ve put together a list of great books for you to read, with old favourites as well as new releases. We’ve come up with a specific list for older readers because the stories explore young adult themes but all students can borrow these titles. Come and chat to us if you want to know more about these books – we’ve read them all!

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