"It's great if you can read but the question is: do you read? If you do, the world is yours."
Michael Rosen, former Children's Laureate
Our library is managed with the help of parent volunteers and pupil librarians, and is usually open daily from 9.00am to 3:30pm. Children have a weekly allocated time for their class to visit the library however, if appropriate, they can visit at other times during the school day.
Children have a free choice of books and a wide range of texts and genres are promoted. They can change their books during their library sessions. All library books have a barcode and need to be issued and returned via the library computer system, Libresoft Librarian. The Kings Worthy Early Years Centre also visit the library on a weekly basis, this helps with a smooth transition into 'big' school.
We borrow approximately 1000 books a year from the School Library Service and buy new stock throughout the year. Our new books are funded by the school budget and the PTFA. The children also have their own wish list if they feel we are missing anything!
The Importance of Reading
Books and reading are a central part of our school life. Through the use of our school library we aim to:
- Promote reading for pleasure
- Encourage children to explore a wide range of books together with peers
- Extend reading skills
- Promote independence
- Provide books about current classroom topics
- Host author visits at least once a year to stimulate and encourage our children to read as a writer and write as a reader.
Throughout the year the children take part in various reading challenges; 'The Kings Worthy Reading Trail' is a super way to get our children reading at every opportunity and to enjoy many genres. Children are given their next reading trail once their previous one is completed. If children complete 5 trails, they will be rewarded with their Reading Ambassador bedge. See below for examples children may be given!
We also have the 'Kings 15' Challenge where this develops the Year 1s independence of using the library and continues a regular reading habit. We are very lucky that this is funded by the PTFA. This involves the children visiting the library 15 times during their lunchtime and choosing their own book each time. On successful completion of the challenge, the children are presented with a new book of their choice.
Other challenges include Hampshire Picture Book Award (Y1), Moving Up Transition Challenge (Y2), Hampshire Information Book Award (Y4), Hampshire Illustrated Book Award (Y5) and the Moving On Transition Challenge (Y6).