We at Hollingworth are passionate in actively promoting and encouraging a strong reading ethos in school. Each pupil is required to have in their possession a reading book as part of their everyday equipment.
According to research carried out by the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement at Coventry University.
“Reading for pleasure has been associated not only with increases in reading attainment but also with writing ability, text comprehension, grammar, breadth of vocabulary, attitudes, self-confidence as a reader, pleasure in reading in later life, general knowledge, a better understanding of other cultures, community participation, a greater insight into human nature and decision-making.”
|Pre-School Homework Club||8.00-8.40 am|
|Morning Break||11.00-11.15 am|
|After School Homework Club||2.50-3.50 pm|
Pupils have access to a printer and photocopying facilities.
LRC and Resources
In order to encourage literacy, the LRC is stocked with a wide range of resources accessible to all pupils regardless of ability. Stock is replenished on an annual basis and pupils are encouraged to suggest books or favourite authors that will be purchased on their behalf. It is vital that up to date stock is available on the shelves in order to maintain a good reading ethos in school.
We have recently undertaken a stock take of the fiction section of the library and have taken the opportunity of re-arranging the shelves in much the same way as the high street bookshops, making the library easier to navigate. Every effort is made to ensure that pupils are reading materials which are age appropriate. We have therefore taken the liberty of introducing three main sections within the fiction section of the library:
Young Reader Section
This section is for pupils between the age of 11-12 and stocks a host of popular titles and authors.
Young Teen Section
This section is for pupils between the age of 12+ - 14 and the resources are colour coded with an orange sticker.
Young Adult Section
This section is for pupils 14+ and over and the resources are colour coded with a red sticker.
Should younger pupils wish to choose books from the Young Teen section, they are advised to bring a note from their parent, giving their permission for their child to read these resources.
We have an extensive range of graphic novels located in the LRC and these can be loaned out in the usual way.
We have a selection of educational magazines and comics which are available to pupils in the LRC. Magazines are to be read in the LRC only and are not to be taken home.
Books are loaned over a two weeks period and pupils are advised that whilst the book is in their care, they are responsible for the book and that it should be returned in good condition. All resources are issued with a plastic jacket and pupils are provided with a plastic wallet in which to keep the book to protect from damage. Any books returned damaged or lost items, must be paid for and this can be done via Wisepay.
There is a wide range of resources supporting each subject area available in the LRC. Pupils should be utilising this resource as well as internet based resources for their research and completing homework.
Hollingworth achieved the Gold Inspiring IAG award in October 2015. This is in recognition of the careers provision in school.
In order to maintain this status, regular audits of the Careers Library is undertaken to ensure that the information provided is accurate and up to date.
Payment for Lost or Damaged Library Books
Payment can be made by following the steps below:
- Log on to the school website.
- Click on Wisepay on the right hand side of the page under "Other information"
- Enter Username and password
- Click on Shop
- Choose the Stationery category from the list
- Go to Payment for Lost/Damaged Library Books
- Click on View Details
- Enter the cost of the book
RECOMMENDED READING LISTS
The books listed below have been specifically chosen to encourage and challenge our pupils to explore new titles and authors, both fiction and non-fiction, with a view to transforming our pupils into well read, confident readers.
Please encourage your child to read from the titles listed below:
KS3 Reading List
- The Diary of Anne Frank
- Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T S Eliot
- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins
- Any Agatha Christie novel
- The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
- The Secret Garden Frances by Hodgson Burnett
- Treasure Island by R L Stevenson
KS4 Reading List
- The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Lilac and Flag by John Berger
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
Suggested newspapers – The Guardian, The Telegraph
Recommended pre A-Level Reading List
Suggested newspapers – The Times, The Observer, The Telegraph
- Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder – Overview of Philosophy
- Bad Science by Ben Goldacre – The Scientific Method
- Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynmann – How the World Works
- The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford – Economics
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – A Brief History of Humankind
Year 10 Reading Boxes
This year we have introduced tutor reading boxes for our Year 10 pupils. Pupils are encouraged to read at least twice a week during morning tutor time. The reading boxes contain a selection of resources, such as magazines, newspaper articles with activities to test their knowledge, as well as various resources to support their English work in the lead up to their GCSE examinations next year.
Watch this link and answer the following questions YouTube Video for The BFG
- When is the witching hour?
- What did Sophie say you were never supposed to do?What was Shere Khan burnt by?
- What does the BFG say when Sophie asks him “Why did you take me?”
- What does the BFG say when Sophie asks me “What kind of monster are you?”
- When the BFG tells Sophie he is going to work, what does he say his job is?
A Monster Calls
Watch this link and answer the following questions YouTube Video for A Monster Calls
- What does Connor’s mum say is “always in the eyes?”
- Finish the quote by the monster “I know everything about you. The truth that you hide and the truth that you …………”
- What is said between Connor and the Monster when the Monster asks Connor “What shall I destroy next?”
- What does Connor’s mum wish?
- When Connor tells the Monster that he is afraid, what does the Monster reply?