Libraries in primary schools should be about more than providing a book lending service to young children. A good library in a primary school makes an active contribution to teaching and learning by supporting the curriculum with relevant materials, working with the SEN department to provide differentiated resources and takes a proactive approach to teaching information literacy.
At the same time, it is more important than ever to ensure we help every child to develop a love of reading, giving them a taste of different forms of literature and create a general buzz around reading in our schools.
This course is for anybody in charge of a primary school library who is aiming to provide an integrated and inclusive service to their school.
Session 1: Assessing our Library’s Potential
Stock and stock development
The physical space
Relationships with staff and students
Session 2: Learning and Teaching
Different approaches to teaching information literacy
Integrating library skills into the curriculum
Evaluating the library’s contribution to learning for all
Session 3: The Power of Stories
Reader development and progression
Catering for students with specific needs through books in different formats
Author visits, special events, bookfairs
Session 4: Action Planning
Creating a lesson programme for library skills, reading development and information literacy
Planning a teacher INSET
This course follows on from Getting to Grips with the Primary School Library in that we focus specifically on the library’s involvement in learning and teaching, rather than its initial setup. It is, however, not essential for delegates to have attended the initial course. At the end of this day course, delegates will have outlined a programme of library lessons and created some realistic development targets for their own primary school library.
Now working at St Edmunds Catholic School in Dover, Annike has tackled a number of major library projects since her career in School Librarianship began in 2002. She developed a primary school library from scratch and implemented a library curriculum for Key Stages Foundation – 2 at Trent College and The Elms Junior School before joining Nottingham Academy as Senior LRC Coordinator where she worked with nearly 2000 students and more than 300 members of staff to develop the Academy’s libraries through library and literacy lessons and careful resource planning.
Annike is Vice Chair of the SLA Board and has run many very successful training courses for the SLA and other groups in the past. Since joining the SLA Board she has been a SLA Weekend Course Director on several occasions.
Great enthusiam and dynamism. Inspiring. Assistant Librarian, Cheshire ELS
primary school staff with responsibility for the school library
No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.
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