At Duke Street we encourage a love of reading and aim to provide the children with many opportunities to read. We encourage the children to read at home both independently and with a parent/carer. Children should be reading on average 15/20 minutes per day at home. Each class has a dedicated time during the week to visit the library. The children are able to select a book from a wide range of fiction or non-fiction texts to enjoy during ERIC (everyone reads in class) time in class, and also to take home. The library is supported by the Lancashire Schools Library service who lend the school a selection of books each year (Red Rose books). These complement our own resources and give the children a wide and varied range of books to choose from. Our curriculum is also enhanced by the loan of topic boxes.
We have raised money this year, through a ‘Bog Eyed Jog’, to update our library system to an electronic system. In addition to logging books in and out, the children will be introduced to writing blogs on the system about the books they read. They will also be able to chat to their class friends about the books they are reading. All the children will have an individual log on which they will be able to access at home and at school. We are hoping that this will inspire our children to continue to develop their love of reading beyond the classroom.
This year we have introduced a reading challenge for all children. The challenge will be for the children to read 100 books during their time at Duke Street! We have already had a number of children reaching the first milestone of reading 25 books. Extremely well done to these children!
Most of the children have had the opportunity to visit Chorley Library during ‘Book Week’. The majority of our children now have library cards and we encourage parents to visit the library regularly with their children to borrow books to read at home. Chorley Library also run reading challenges and activities during school holidays.
The money raised this year has also helped to part fund a reading shed to enhance our outdoor area, in addition to purchasing new books and bean bags. Look out for its construction this term!
During the school year we also hold two book sales. These are usually in December and April/May. The books are all half price or less, and a percentage of the money raised is spent on additional books for our school library.