This is another fantastic resource from Teen Librarian author Matt Imrie. (@mattlibrarian) This resource is aimed at teaching the Dewey Decimal System to primary school children. Matt has generously allowed this as a free download so long as you credit him as the source. Enjoy!
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. Simply send a blank email to :
to access the group. You will still need your Yahoo profile set up to access the files. 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.’