As a school we have been applying the Talk for Writing scheme during Literacy lessons. It is working really well in all the classes and it’s great to see the children telling stories using the actions they have learned.
I love the fact the children have the opportunity to learn so many stories throughout the school year. Plus the encouragement for the children to Raid their Reading is fabulous, perfect excuse for another display. Also left some room for children’s work!
Another super way to promote reading throughout the school.
Have started to prepare the library for Love your Library fortnight.
The tree has knitted hearts hanging from it which are embellished with phrases; ‘love books’ ‘love your library’ ‘love reading’. These hearts along with some heart shaped lights make a striking display in amongst the book shelves. Many of the books I have chosen to put on display are about books or libraries.
During the fortnight there are lots of activities and competitions for the children to be involved in; with lots of book prizes to be won! Great way to keep the library and books at the forefront of school life.
Thought I’d have a focus on non-fiction books but the competition has to be accessible to both infant and junior children. So I’ve decided on a ‘Where in the World’ competition.
The children collect a world map from the library which has the continents labelled. They have to find an interesting or unusual fact about each continent.
My display shelves in the library, both fiction and non-fiction, support the competition theme. Non-fiction books displayed include atlases, travel books, books about countries, animals from different countries etc. Whilst the fiction theme is stories from around the world.
The children have already been to the library asking what the next competition is, hopefully they won’t be disappointed!
Christmas has arrived in the library.
The Christmas tree in the library is much admired due to the book decorations. There are lots of mini versions of Christmas books and paper decorations made from old book stock. The children love it!
The mid shelving display has a selection of Christmas stock both fiction and non-fiction. The main attraction here is the Advent house which has been filled with ‘cracker’ jokes by our book group. Children are invited to share a joke and make someone smile for each day of Advent.
This is my new winter display in the school hall.
Already proving very popular as my graffiti wall is full, usually have to remind the children to fill it in. Lots of ideas from the children of books to chill out with over the chilly nights ahead!
New display in the school hall to promote the library.
As you can see the theme is taken from the Wizard of Oz, complete with book rainbow!
The main characters are surrounded by books they might find helpful; Dorothy has lots of books which have witches as the main character. The Scarecrow’s books are all to give him more knowledge including encyclopedias, science books and atlases. The tinman’s books are all about love and friendship. The lion’s books include characters who show courage and bravery. The wicked witch of the west’s books are about monkeys and shoes!
There is also a space for the children to write which fictional place they would like to visit.
3D free standing letters now complete and ready for display in my library.
Bought the cardboard letters then printed off a variety of book covers.
R is covered in picture book covers.
E is covered in a variety of popular fiction books.
A is covered in comic pages, covers and First News, children’s newspaper.
D is covered in jackets from non-fiction books.
After cutting out and gluing the book covers to the letters, I coated each one with PVA glue just to give them a hard, shiny coating that will hopefully help them last a little longer.
I think they will be a great addition to the library and look very effective.