The LRC is a quiet and calm area that houses nearly 7000 books. We open at 8am for those students who need to do a bit of homework or change a book, or just sit peacefully until school starts. We are open at both break times and after school the homework club is held here until 4.30pm with a dedicated LSA to help with any difficulties. On average over 600 students use the LRC per week.
We have computers and laptops for students use and the room is also used for literacy lessons throughout the week. Here we use Accelerated Reader, which is a programme that places books into a reading range allocated by a colour. After a test we will know what “colour” book a student should be borrowing to improve their reading; neither too easy nor too hard. After reading, students quiz on that book and this leads to certificates, stripe points and prizes. We have a reading programme to help any student identified as needing additional help.
Our student helpers are called LRC Associates; they help to keep our library running smoothly on a daily basis and assist on our event days. This earns them stripe points and other treats throughout the year.
We hold lots of competitions in the LRC and have regular Author visits, which we’ve found motivate and inspire students. These include Anne Fine, Marcus Sedgwick, Chris Bradford and Stewart Ross to name just a few. We are a reading school; here we practice ERIC (Everyone Reads in Class) for years 7, 8 and 9. Students read every day at the start of a lesson for 15 minutes (including the teacher!) this will be during a different lesson each week.
Mrs Taylor is also the Children’s University Co-ordinator, a world-wide organisation that encourages out of school hour’s quality learning for children aged 5-14. Students use a “passport” to collect stamps from participating activities and these are rewarded by certificates and student graduations. Example activities include dance clubs, sport clubs, museums and P6 after school lessons.
Join the Homework club everyday after school in the LRC until 4:30!