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Our Environment.

In the Spring of 2013, we opened an extension to our existing building. This will allow us to admit sixty pupils each year, moving us towards being a two-form entry primary school.

Our School Library

Our delightful library was purpose built in 2002 and opened by the author Linda Newbury who has since dedicated her book ‘At the Firefly Gate’ to the children of St. Mary’s. Many new books were added at that time including many which were donated by parents and pupils.

We have continued to improve and update our resources and have an excellent stock of fiction and non-fiction books; a reference section; an audio area and a selection of story sacks. Each child has the opportunity to regularly borrow books from the library with their class.

Our Librarian: Mrs Clare Peat

Volunteering

We are always ready to welcome volunteers in the library. If you might enjoy reading with a small group, helping children search for information, display work or are happy to prepare new books for the shelves or keep the library tidy and organised please leave your contact details at the school office.

School Community use of Library

Look out for the ‘Library Drop In’ session which will be in operation early in 2010 where parents are welcome to come in and use the library space. You could enjoy reading a book with your child or have a look for a book to borrow together. Parents can borrow a book too if they wish!

This will give you the opportunity to have a look at our resources or simply pick up a leaflet or tips about how to help your child with their reading at home.

Choosing books

Overwhelmed by the choice of books or not sure what your child might read? Have a look at the weblinks below for useful websites which will give you recommendations of books to share, reviews, themed book lists, downloadable good book guides as well as information about authors or competitions to enter!

The following links provide some great resources.

The Book Trust

An excellent website with recommendations of books to read, reviews of books, themed book lists and a downloadable best book guide. There are also interviews and podcasts with lots of children’s authors.

The Book Trust

Kids Review

A database of book reviews written by and for children.

Kids Review

Mrs Mad Book-o-rama!

Lots of information about top authors and the latest publications with short reviews.

Mrs Mad Book-o-rama!

Reading Matters

A useful website if you are looking for books for older children or teenagers.

Reading Matters

Young Readers Programme

The Young Readers Programme motivates children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to read for enjoyment.

Young Readers