Our school is strongly committed to improving literacy and knows the importance of reading for pleasure. There is good evidence to suggest that young people who read for pleasure daily perform better in reading tests than those who never do. It has also been shown that those who read for pleasure have better mental health. We want to encourage children to enjoy reading and to read a wide range of good quality literature.
I am delighted to inform you that the school has recently made a significant investment in our library with the introduction of a new online version of our library catalogue. The new system allows pupils, staff and parents to view our school library catalogue online and pupils are encouraged to use this to help with research, to write reviews about books they have read and search for new books and other library resources.
The children are also able to use features such as blogging, and they can add friends to chat with online. Please rest assured that these features are totally contained within the school environment, are filtered, and can be monitored. As such, this is a great resource to talk with your child about eSafety – Who are they adding as friends? Do they really know them? How much should they tell them? Is what they are writing appropriate? What should you do if they upset you?
The system includes a fantastic new feature called ‘Who Next’ which recommends new books and authors based on the books that your child has already read. You will be able to use this feature at home to help your child select their next book.
You can access the system via the school website or directly using the following link:
If you have access to an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android phone, then you can also download a new App called ‘iMLS’ to access the library from those devices. The app is available from the App Store and Android Market.