Update: October 2017 The fiction section of our library has had an overhaul recently and we have invested a lot of time in reorganising our shelves to make them even more accessible for our children. We have introduced lots of new and exciting sections for our children to explore. They are: 'Mixed Reads', 'Junior Reads', 'Popular Authors' and 'Popular Series'. We have also introduced some 'Specialist Reading Crates' for 'English & EAL', 'Mathematics', Encyclopedias', 'General Knowledge'. There is also a dedicated crate for 'Classic Stories & Historical Authors'.
At Allanson Street Primary School we boast the best stocked and usable library in the whole of St Helens-in fact, we'd put our library up against any other school's in Merseyside, we're that proud of it!
What would you choose?
Our library has 5 main categories to choose from:
•Fiction by genre
We have sections on adventure/mystery, humour, friendships, fantasy, horror and sport. We also have shelves dedicated to 'Popular Authors' and 'Popular Series' which are organised by key stage for 'infants', 'lower juniors' and 'upper juniors'. We also have a special section dedicated to 'classic stories and historical authors'.
•Fiction by author
We have an enormous stock of non-fiction books spanning subjects such as science, history, geography, art, music, PE, religion and PHSE. We also have special reading crates dedicated to 'English/EAL', 'mathematics', 'encyclopedias' and 'general knowledge'.
Every year group has 4 topic crates (one history, one geography and two for science) that contain a mixture of non-fiction and fiction books that match the class topics throughout the year. We also have a French crate for the whole school to encourage and support our children in learning their modern foreign language.
How do we stock our library?
We want books and we want lots of them! We use a generous amount of our school's budget to help keep our library generously stocked. We do this because we place huge value on having an inviting and 'current' library for our children to enjoy. We also accept high quality donations from staff. It's not unusual for staff members to bring donations of books into school from home, family members or friends. We also run a successful community donation scheme that utilises social media. It always amazes us by how many of the books, that are donated, are such high quality! Quite often, they're better than the books we buy and they fly off the shelves!
Who runs our library?
Our library is co-prdinated by three dedicated members of our teaching staff:
- Mrs Jonkers
- Miss Ellis
- Mr Garry
We also have junior librarians who have been recruited by our school council. They are:
When is the library open?
Our library is open every afternoon for classes to visit. Each class has a weekly timetabled slot. The library is also open every lunchtime for children to drop in. Not only that but our library opens every day Monday-Friday after school for families to come in and enjoy books together!
We don't just have a library full of books... We have a library full of knowledge, dreams and wonder!
- Aims and Mission
- Ofsted Report
- Published Data
- Our Library
- Staffing Structure
- School Clubs
- Term Dates
Code of Conduct
On our learning journey we:
Look after ourselves and others:
We stay safe.
Treat everyone and everything with respect:
We all matter.
Share, include and listen:
We all have a voice.
Work hard and feel proud:
We are the best we can be.