Library - Reading & Literacy
The library at Christ's College is an open and friendly space and it has strong links with the English Department, supporting activities for reading and literacy as well as EAL and SEN readers on a regular basis.
The library is open at lunchtime and breaktime for reading, board games, research and borrowing books. On the shelves are around 10,500 fiction and non-fiction books covering a wide variety of genres and curriculum-related topics. Students can borrow books as soon as they join the College.
The library is run by our Librarian together with the help of student librarians. During opening times, students are encouraged to read quietly and choose challenging texts that suit their interests. Some periodicals, comics and newspapers are available to keep reading current and relevant.
Library Google Classroom
There is a library Google Classroom page which students can join to stay up to date with events in library. This is also a place where students can share book reviews with other students and teachers. If students wish to join the page they can request the access code by emailing Mrs Mayersbeth our Librarian.
|Mrs M Mayersbeth - Librarianfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Library Book Club
On Thursdays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm the library holds a Book Club and a new book is read and discussed every term. After the October half-term we will be reading and discussing Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah, if a student would like to join the Book Club they need to inform Mrs Mayersbeth.
MYON On-line Library / Accelerated Reader
All Year 7 - 9 students also have access to an online library called Myon where they can read a variety of non-fiction books by logging in to https://www.myon.co.uk/login/ . After finishing a book, students are encouraged to fill out a quiz online in a programme called Accelerated Reader.
At school Accelerated Reader (AR) is used to manage and monitor students independent reading practice: every student in Years 7, 8 and 9 has their own login for the programme. It is designed to literally accelerate reading ability by pointing a student towards books they enjoy which are within their reading range (called ZPD). A simple quiz is then taken after reading the book, to check understanding of the text.
At the start of the year, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 took their Star Reading assessment. This assessment identified each student's ZPD range. In the library all books are labelled with a ZPD or students can, on their Chromebooks, search for a specific book in the AR book finder website. Students are encouraged to always find books which are both within their ZPD range and of personal interest. AR gives both students and teachers feedback based on the quiz results and ensures time spent reading is time well spent!
How You Can Help
To help us keep our shelves up-to-date, a wish list is available to parents on Amazon. Any books donated from this wish list are specifically chosen to engage our young people in reading and to help develop their vocabulary in preparation for their studies across the curriculum.
Library Opening Times
|Break||10.20am - 10.40am||10.20am - 10.40am||10.20am - 10.40am||10.20am - 10.40am||10.20am - 10.40am|
|Lunch||1.20pm - 1.55pm||1.20pm - 1.55pm||1.20pm - 1.55pm||1.20pm - 1.55pm||1.20pm - 1.55pm|
|Book Club||3.30pm - 4.30pm|