Our School Librarian, Mrs Kent, manages the school library and provides library sessions to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children every other week. Children in Key Stage 2 can also visit the library in morning break to read, discuss their books or read the newspaper (First News) and change their books. Children in Reception are visited once a week by the library trolley to enjoy a story or two and browse a selection of books from the library.
Library sessions are planned to complement topics, class teaching, teach research skills and encourage reading for pleasure. This term we will be exploring the poetry sections and listening to each other’s favourite poems and rhyming stories.
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 may borrow one book at a time; children in Key Stage 2 may borrow up to two books. Books may be borrowed for up to two weeks and must then be renewed.
These books are not part of a reading scheme and children are encouraged to borrow books above their current reading level to share with an adult at home.
Please make a note of your child’s library day (below) and ensure that your child brings his or her library books in to school on the correct day.
Monday - Library sessions for Year 1, Year 2, Year 4, Year 6
Tuesday - Library sessions for Year 3, Year 5
Friday - Reception, Reading Clubs and Year 6 readers, Reading Dog
Mrs Kent also supports Year 6 readers individually and through the Year 6 Book Club.
Year 6 Book Club
This Book Club is for the keenest readers in Year 6, who meet in the library once a week. They are currently reading ‘The Stormkeeper’s Island’ by Catherine Doyle. Previous books have included ‘Where the World Ends’ by Geraldine McCaughrean and ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd.
Willowcroft has its very own 'Read2Dog', Inca, who is specially trained by Pets as Therapy to work with children. She is a great listener and loves to hear the children practise their reading.
Willowcroft has hosted many prominent authors over the years, including David Walliams (‘The World’s Worst Children’, ‘Gangsta Granny’, ‘Mr Stink’ and many more), Carnegie winner Geraldine McCaughrean (‘Where the World Ends’), Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Pilot John Chapman (‘Jonnie Rocket’ series of graphic novels), Helen Cooper (‘Pumpkin Soup’, ‘The Hippo at the End of the Hall’) and, most recently, singer-songwriter and author Nick Cope (‘The Very Silly Dog’ and others).
Authors share their enthusiasm and experience of writing and storytelling as well as their passion for reading and its importance in their journey to becoming a published author.
We are currently planning another exciting author visit so watch this space!
We hold regular reading-related events throughout the school year.
Scholastic Book Fair (October 2019)
World Book Day (Thursday 5th March) https://www.worldbookday.com/
Summer Reading Challenge (July - August) https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
Bedtime Story (Date tbc)
Last year, we also shadowed the Lollies (Laugh Out Loud Awards) throughout the school and voted for our favourite books, contributing to the national tally. The shortlist for this year’s books can be found at https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/lollies/shortlist and some of these will be available at the Scholastic Book Fair in October.
Thirty Top Reads
In addition to the library, each year group holds a collection of ‘Thirty Top Reads’. These are a selection of 30 high quality titles including prizewinners and classics across fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Children who take up the challenge to read over 15 titles from the list can earn points for their house.
Ask a librarian
If you have any library-related questions (including lost books), please email the librarian at:
(Please speak to your child’s class teacher about reading-related questions in the first instance.)
For further information, please see our English page.