Kathryn Houghton, librarian at Bancroft’s School in Woodford Green, created this wonderful summer reading challenge to get her Prep pupils through the long summer holidays. This would also work perfectly as a transition project between Year 6 and Year 7. The challenges are innovative and fun, and she has given me permission to reproduce her booklet here so that you can be inspired as well. The original was in a Publisher booklet, so converting to pdf has muddled up the order of the pages – so please ignore that and just enjoy the challenge!
A lot of readers will already know about the amazing email list called School Librarians’ Network (SLN). In fact, most of the articles on Heart come from SLN members. But for those of you who have not caught up with this amazing resource, this is how you join. School Librarians’ Network is a Yahoo Group, and to join SLN you first have to have a Yahoo identity. This is quick and easy – just ensure that you put that you are a school librarian, or if your job is of interest to us. We have many authors on the list, for instance. There are 1000+ of us on there so it is probably best that you use a different email to your school one, as there are a large volume of emails a day. (You can of course access all emails straight on the site). SLN is a wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom – whatever you ask, someone, somewhere, has done it before and has great advice to offer. We also have a huge files section, worth it’s weight in gold! You won’t regret joining SLN, the brainchild of school librarian Elizabeth Bentley, who moderates the group. Hope to see you there!
Have you been celebrating National Share a Story Month in your school? If so, please send me what has been happening in your own school. Have a look at the wonderful things that have been going on at Bishop’s Stortford College.
‘The Prep School Library at Bishop’s Stortford College is celebrating National Share a Story Month with a Dragon theme. The library displays have embraced this mythical theme and Library lessons have focused on how dragons have been represented in stories, poetry and in art throughout the ages. A Dragon app that revealed dragons flying around the library was especially popular.
The Picture Book Benches, painted by Prep School pupils with the help of Hertfordshire based artist James Mayhew earlier in the year, have been ideal for sharing stories in the sunshine. (previous post) Pupils have also been challenged by the “Shh! Who’s Reading Here” competition; a selection of clues have been arranged for 24 titles and pupils have been invited to make an educated guess! Thanks to parents who helped create the literary challenge for everyone.’
Librarian Rosie Pike from Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School shared with us this inspiring story. I would love some of these beautiful benches in my school, wouldn’t you? Rosie says:
“This project has been achieved with the help of a donation from the Friends, allowing the acquisition of book benches and colourful exterior bean bags and seating. Inspired by the National Literacy Trust’s book bench project in London we were able to buy two blank book benches. Author and illustrator of the Katie books, James Mayhew, who also created a ‘Katie in London’ bench for the ‘Books about Town’, joined Prep School pupils in the art room to help create a special ‘Katie in Bishop’s Stortford’ bench, painted by the pupils, and another inspired by the theme of gardens in children’s books. Pupils had previously engaged in a competition to design the two benches and the winners of this competition contributed tothe final painting of them.
The College is extremely grateful to the Prep School Friends and James for making this fantastic project possible. The Prep School Librarian Rosie Pike said, “It was a thrilling day for all involved. Seeing how the benches developed during the course of the day was amazing, and an idea of the fun that was had can be seen in this time lapse video.
The benches are now a focal part of our new library garden, and as you can see are well used by the children!”
(All photos of pupils used with full permissions)
If you would like to purchase one of these book benches, they can be backordered from the Wild in Art website. Contact Joy Young, and she will be able to help you.
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