The LRC has its own classroom where Year 7 students have a literacy lesson twice a fortnight and Years 8 and 9 once a fortnight. Having an integrated classroom means students can select books, read and complete literacy based work in the library environment.
Each year we celebrate World Book Day with a range of activities, quizzes and challenges. We also invite an author to come and meet the students and answer their questions.
In addition, we mark other notable days in the year with activities or displays including World Poetry Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, Black History Month, Anti-Bullying Week and Pride Month.
Reading for Pleasure
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”
There are many studies which show the benefits of secondary school students regularly reading for pleasure. Some of these are:
- Improved reading ability
- Improved writing ability
- More expansive vocabulary
- Better general knowledge
- Improved comprehension and grammar skills
A report by the National Literacy Trust in 2018 showed that students who use their school library are more likely to enjoy reading but also to have more confidence in their own reading and writing skills. Not only that, but it also showed a link between school library users and positive mental wellbeing.
Remember that reading is not just about study! It also helps develop imagination and ideas, as well as offering a fantastic door to so many other worlds and experiences.