Literacy is really important here at Front Lawn Junior School, writes librarian Derek Langford.
There is literacy going on in the classroom and we have been building up the library over the past couple of years to work hand in hand with it.
The children have got the ability to go in and write reviews of books they have read so that other children can see.
They can see the recommendation of their peers.
So when we saw there was a competition we thought it would be a good idea to submit some of the reviews that they had written.
They were doing the reviews as a minor part of the literacy programme.
Several children from Year 3 produced some excellent reviews.
The competition by Egmont UK encouraged children to write reviews of their favourite library book.
So we submitted 10 entries. We thought no more of it until a letter arrived confirming that the ones that our children had submitted secured the winning place.
We will receive a prize package once a month for a year with the bestselling books published by Egmont.
We think it’s brilliant because we are trying to build confidence in the children.
They are using the library more and understanding more.
In the classroom, they read because there are set books and guided reading.
In the library you can come in any time and choose what you read.
If you like it you can take it home, if you don’t you can return it to the shelf and read something else.
When they go to a bookshop, to a public library or to senior school, they won’t be daunted by reading.
Everything we are doing here is going to get them ready for going forward.
If they can find a book in here they will be able to find a book in a public library or a bookshop.
We run library skills sessions as well so the children understand the logic of the book with the index and glossaries.
It’s great. I don’t think that I had this opportunity and they are loving it.
When we told them they couldn’t believe it.
They thought they were just sending it off and writing for the fun of it.
When we told them that they would be getting extra books for the library they were jumping up and down. It’s fantastic.