Using the library and reading books for this year KS2 Version
As you will have seen, over the last few months we have transformed one of our buildings into a fantastic School Library.
Due to a slight delay in the completion of the works, we were not able to get into the building until very late in the Summer Term. Since then we have been sorting books, installing furniture, getting the Junior Librarian system working etc. Unfortunately, there are a few jobs which need to be completed during the first week of the new academic year and so the library will not be open to pupils until Monday 10th September.
My child wants a book!
Great! We are fortunate to live in an area with so many good libraries (Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Topsham, Exeter etc). We recommend that you visit your local library (or the one local to your work) and pick up a book for the first week of term.
Library Opening Times
The Library will be open from 08:30 to 08:55 each day to allow pupils and their parents to return and change books – pupils must be in class at 08:55.
Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils must be accompanied by a parent/adult, but Key Stage 2 pupils can enter the library unaccompanied. On most days, a member of staff will be on hand to assist.
We would also like to open the Library from 15:30 to 16:30 each day to provide pupils and parents with a much longer period to explore the books. Choosing a new book is not something that should be rushed!
Are you able to assist?
We are looking for a team of volunteers to assist pupils in the library from 15:30 to 16:30 each day. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are keen to support the school. We hope that with sufficient numbers, there will be two volunteers in the Library each day and that volunteers will only need to work one day each week. Training in the use of ‘Junior Librarian’ will be provided.
A new arrangement for changing books
Pupils will need to visit the Library to change their reading book. This can be done before or after school and at lunchtimes when there is an adult present. There may be whole class opportunities during the week for pupils to change books – but your child may need to change their book more frequently. If your child attends before and after school club, they will attend with a member of staff.
Pupils will be taught how to take out and return books using the Junior Librarian system – this is something which they should be able to do independently. In addition, pupils will be made aware of the expectations for completing their reading record.
Some Key Stage 2 pupils, may still read books on the Colour Band books (e.g. gold, lime etc). This next section only applies to Colour Band books as they are not on the Junior Librarian system.
How do I change a Colour Band Book?
- Before you start, check which book (colour) band, e.g. yellow etc, your child is currently reading.
- Return the book to the correct book band box.
- Pick out a couple of books from the same book band box and let your child explore the book and take some ownership over the choice of book: “I wonder which book you would like to read next?”. There may be a particular theme/topic which appeals to your child.
- Write the name of the new book in their Reading Log.
- Finally, put the new book and Reading Log in their book bag.
Is my child allowed to read books which are not in the book band system?
Of course! However, they should be read alongside their book band books – not instead. They may choose a book which is very challenging but really appeals to their interests. This is a great opportunity to share the experience of exploring books and for you to ‘learn’ something – but you may need to take the lead on reading.
How often should your child change their reading book?
Minimum reading time expected each day:
Reception – 5 minutes Year 1 – 10 minutes Year 2 – 15 minutes Year 3 – 20 minutes
Year 4 – 25 minutes Year 5 – 30 minutes Year 6 – 35 minutes
In Key Stage 2 it is very unlikely that pupils will need to change their book every day.
- Some children like to keep and re-read books – it is good to have favourites and reading familiar stories can give confidence.
- Equally, changing books daily may result in learning opportunities being missed – reading is not a race. Revisit tricky words, explore the emotions of the characters, discuss synonyms and antonyms (words with the same and opposite meaning) etc, notice how different letters can make the same/different sounds, play games or do some art linked with the story. Basically, enjoy the book to the full!
- Obviously some book are just longer than others!