Primary libraries offer inspiration, comfort and, er, exercise

4th August 2016 at 13:00
From puppets to PE: How to make sure pupils enjoy your library and how to get them reading

It could be a corner, it could be a corridor – it could even be a Hogwarts’ style castle – the love of libraries, whatever they look like, runs deep in primary schools.

Ideas on ways to get the best from a school library were shared by teachers taking part in the #primaryrocks twitter chat this week.

Suggestions included opening libraries at lunchtimes, group reading, homework time, library challenges such as finding passages in specific books and one teacher was hoping to create a "listening centre" where puppets and role-play games could take place.

Another recommended getting in the children’s laureate, Chris Riddell.



Other examples of how libraries were used were more unusual.

One teacher said the space was sometimes used for PE.



Another hosted prayer groups



But some were struggling to find any time or space.



One had managed to reclaim a room



And one library at Chantler's primary school, Bury, was simply magic.



This school has sky-high expectations for reading.



But some were opening their library to the community - Angela Goodman, deputy head of Waterloo primary, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, explained that her school library, currently being refurbished, would be open to all twice a week, after school had closed.

Speaking to TES after the twitter chat, Ms Goodman said: “The space used to have a large brick bench in the middle of it, like a bus stop. It had books, but it was not very inviting for reading, it was more of a holding area for visitors to the school.”

“The school is next to a patch of waste land where the local library used to be,” said Ms Goodman. “The community lost its local library and we feel it’s important that children can gain access to a variety of reading materials on their doorstep. So we’re advertising it locally for people to use.”


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