Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly
Pentley Park, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 7SD
Templewood has two designated areas within the main school building to provide reading material that caters for the differing needs of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils. Both the KS1 and KS2 libraries are multifunctional facilities providing a calm and welcoming environment for pupils to enjoy quiet reading or a place to work.
Templewood’s libraries are managed and run by a voluntary team of parents and grandparents. Their dedication allows all classes from Reception through to Year 6 to attend the library on Thursday afternoons.
The KS1 library stocks a wide range of picture books; books specially designed for children learning to read; and chapter books aimed at more fluent readers aged 5-7. It also has a non-fiction area covering core school subjects, as well as general interests and hobbies.
The KS2 library stocks a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books aimed at the 7-11 age range, which are available to read for pleasure, homework or research. The extensive non-fiction section incorporates national curriculum topics, atlases, dictionaries and encyclopaedias.
Templewood operates an electronic library system (Junior Librarian) which enables the children to search our book stock and check their own past/current loan history.
World Book Day is celebrated every year at Templewood to encourage a love of books.
If you are interested in joining the Library Team, please contact the school office.
In 2018, the Library Team with support from the class teachers introduced a Reading Challenge for both KS1 and KS2 pupils. This ran from February half term until the end of June and was a great success. Over the period of the initiative, a grand total of 1,385 books were borrowed by the KS1 and KS2 pupils, representing a 44% increase in book loans (compared to the same period the year before).
The Reading Challenge was tailored to each Key Stage. In KS1, this took the form of a caterpillar race featuring three caterpillars in the house colours of red, blue and green. It was fascinating to see the caterpillars grow in length down the KS1 corridor as the children completed their ‘body-part’ book reviews. This year, the blue caterpillar was victorious in a very close race. Well done Blue Jays!
In KS2, every pupil was given the opportunity to earn Bronze, Silver, Gold and Super Star certificates by reading 5, 10, 15 and 20 library books respectively and carrying out a variety of reading-related tasks. Over the course of the event, the library issued a total of 78 certificates with 7 dedicated pupils earning Super Star status! Well done to all the pupils that took part and did fantastic reading.
To incentivise the children to read more library books, every time a pupil earned a certificate or made a caterpillar part they received an entry into three prize draws, which took place periodically over the event. A big thank you to 360 Play, CW Entertainment, Hertfordshire Sportsvillage, and Vertigo Adventures for donating great prizes.
To coincide with the FIFA World Cup 2018, the KS2 library hosted the Book World Cup run by Year 5. Each Year 5 pupil nominated a library book to represent a country participating in the FIFA World Cup. The chosen books vie against each other in a series of daily knock-out ‘matches’ to discover which library book is the most popular, as voted by the KS2 pupils. Panama was crowned World Champion on 16 July! World Cup footballs were awarded to the nominee of the winning book and to one of the KS2 pupils that correctly predicted the winner.