Year 5 in our new Library space


16 Feb 2017 saw all three Library staff available to assist Year 5 with their lessons. Mr Nelson, Head of our Junior School, who is taking Library lessons across the campus this year, led this week’s lesson, assisted by our teacher-librarian, Mrs Simkin, and our Library assistant, Mrs Smith, who can attend once per fortnight. The lesson commenced with an online story:

To Be A Drum read by James Earl Jones


The class was able to make use of our new teaching space, which has an interactive white board, a variety of tables for working on, non-fiction and reference books. They were able to sit in comfort using our new donut floor cushions, which have just arrived. These are great because they also have a waterproof cover so we may be able to go outside and sit underneath the big oak tree for some reading time too!


The story was beautifully illustrated – and told the story of the slaves getting to create their voice in their new homelands in North America.


Once the story finished, students completed a treasure hunt activity which got them interacting with our collection in a number of ways.


They were challenged to find fiction titles by their various author based classifications.


This allowed the opportunity to look at  some of the new and display items.


Non-fiction categories were mastered with the aid of some colourful charts which have often been overlooked by these same students in earlier years.


Picture fiction was closely observed to work out how the shelves are ordered.


Old favourites were rediscovered along the way.


Some parts of the task required more concentration.


And it was great to see peers coaching each other!


Our self-appointed donut cushion manager for Year 5 did a great job of collecting them all and placing them onto their storage poles in a very sensible manner.


Borrowing formed the penultimate and perhaps most important task.


And the lesson ended with a sports clip…just because it was fun!




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