Reading for Pleasure · School Libraries · Ways to Inspire Reading

St Anne’s School – Developing our library as a space pupils choose to learn

Our guest blogger this week is Martin Winward, Headteacher of St Anne’s school in Alderney. We were working with St Annes recently, helping them to update their school library. Here is his blog about how it all went.  St. Anne’s is working closely with Elizabeth Hutchinson, Head of Schools’ Library Service to develop a phased approach… Continue reading St Anne’s School – Developing our library as a space pupils choose to learn

Class Visit · Storytime · Ways to Inspire Reading · Work Experience

My work experience at SLS and why it surpassed my expectations

I chose the Schools’ Library Service for my work experience week as I was thinking of becoming either a librarian or a primary teacher, and I thought that the SLS would offer experience in both of those fields. For brevity’s sake I will be relating the highlights of my week with the SLS (although it… Continue reading My work experience at SLS and why it surpassed my expectations

Class Visit · Storytime · Study Skills

A Class Visit With a Difference …

On Wednesday morning, St Mary & St Michael’s Year 1 class paid a visit to the Guille-Allès Library.  Having been learning about all things Under the Sea, the children came in to find out how they can use the library to research and find out information on this subject. Here at SLS we love having… Continue reading A Class Visit With a Difference …

Greenaway Shortlist 2016 · Reading for Pleasure · Storytime · Ways to Inspire Reading

Greenaway Award Shadowing -Tips and Advice

A school librarians’ guide on how to cope with intimidating silences, fidgeting audiences, and reading a book aloud when it’s wordless… I’ve been shadowing the Greenaway award for a few years now, and every time it’s a different experience. So much depends on the titles, and the children you’re working with. Is it a small… Continue reading Greenaway Award Shadowing -Tips and Advice

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One by Sarah Crossan

I was initially drawn to the lovely cover of this book, but was quickly disappointed when I opened it and discovered … … poetry.  I put it to the side and read something else.  For reasons I no longer can remember, I picked it up again weeks later and read the first page, and then… Continue reading One by Sarah Crossan

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Something About a Bear by Jackie Morris

In keeping with the apparent theme of ‘bears’ that is running throughout this year’s Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist, Jackie Morris’ Something About a Bear is a lovely journey through the lives of some of earth’s most powerful creatures. An internationally best-selling author and illustrator, Morris uses her trademark watercolour technique in this informative and conservation-focussed… Continue reading Something About a Bear by Jackie Morris

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Footpath Flowers – JonArno Lawson

  Footpath Flowers is  a beautifully illustrated wordless picture book about how small gestures of kindness can help to change the world around you. The pictures start off being mostly in black and white with just small hints of colour and as the story progresses it becomes more colourful. A wonderful thought provoking story that… Continue reading Footpath Flowers – JonArno Lawson