Our School Library
Reading is the foundation for all learning at Templewood and reading for pleasure is essential for practising and enhancing this vital skill while allowing pupils to develop empathy, improve their wellbeing and gain a greater insight into the wider world.
Templewood prides itself on giving pupils access to a broad range of reading material that is current, relatable and spans their varied interests. In addition to providing age-appropriate reading material in each classroom, Templewood has upheld the provision of a library and the facility for pupils to borrow books to be read in the comfort of their own home. This is made possible due to the hard work of its voluntary Library Team, consisting of parents and grandparents of pupils, past and present.
At the start of the 2022/2023 school year, the previously separate Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 libraries were amalgamated with the latter refurbished to form a vibrant reading and learning hub located at the heart of the school. Throughout the school year, every pupil from Nursery to Year 6 is given access to this wonderful communal resource.
· Library sessions for Year groups 1 to 6 occur on a weekly basis on Tuesday afternoons while Nursery and Reception classes are invited to the library on alternate Friday mornings.
During their library session, pupils can return and borrow books from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles. These encompass picture books, first readers, quick reads (short chapter books), dyslexia-friendly books, chapter books, graphic comics and novels, books aimed at older readers, historical fiction and poetry. Non-fiction titles span books of general interest, topic-related books, biographies, joke books and books covering hobbies and areas of specific interest.
Templewood operates its library using the web-based software system, Junior Librarian. This system allows pupils to check the school’s library resources for a particular title, check their current and past borrowing records and make reservations for popular books.
If you are interested in joining our friendly Library Team, then please contact the school office.
To encourage a love of reading and to broaden pupils’ reading selections, the Library Team runs a Reading Challenge each school year. Back by popular demand, Templewood’s 2022/2023 Reading Challenge followed the Book Bingo format, whereby pupils gained a star in a numbered box once they had read/listened to a book that met the stated criteria (e.g. read a book that was published the year they were born). This year, pupils that read 10 books and ticked off 10 boxes were able to choose a free book to take home and keep. This was repeated at the 20-box milestone. When they completed all 25 boxes on their bingo sheet, they were awarded a Superstar certificate in assembly, in addition to another free book.
Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 were welcome to join in the Reading Challenge at any time from its launch in November to its conclusion in June with the Book Bingo sheets tailored to suit each Key Stage.
The Reading Challenge was once again a great success in 2022/2023. Over the course of the challenge, participating pupils read in excess of 750 books with 18 pupils reaching Superstar status while a total of 2,414 books were borrowed from the school library. This represented an increase of 40% in borrowing over the same time period of the previous school year.
One of the challenges set was to read a book in an unusual place. We have enjoyed seeing all the different places pupils have read their school library books from on swings and slides, to up trees, at swimming pools, in museums and even in shopping trolleys!
Templewood’s library stock is primarily kept fresh and up-to-date due to the kind donations received from pupils, staff, governors and the wider community. The library’s resources are also boosted through the Library Team’s Book Sponsorship scheme. On a regular basis, the Library Team attends school events to offer families of pupils the opportunity to choose a book from a varied and considered selection to add to the library’s catalogue. For a small fee, the pupil has their name put in the new library book which is then made available for them to borrow first. The funds raised from these sponsorship events is spent on further purchases of books and other library resources and so the stock is perpetually renewed.
However, you do not need to wait for a sponsorship event as new library books can be sponsored at any time through the school’s Gateway online payment system.
Please take a look at our library newsletter for holiday reading lists.