Reading is the most important way we learn in school and in life. That’s why we are proud to be joining schools around the world in celebrating International School Library Month.
For us at The Ridgeway School, every month is School Library Month as we strive to cement and develop a love of reading for pleasure amongst the whole school community. Ahead of the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature we have been focusing in our library lessons on the author Onjali Q Rauf and her book "The Boy at the Back of the Class". Onjali is a champion of refugee rights and her books deal with this subject with heart, humour and sensitivity. All of Onjali's titles have been flying off the shelves and the LitFest trip to The Wyvern Theatre in November to hear Onjali speak about her writing and inspiration is already over-subscribed with some very excited year 8 students! Supporting curriculum teaching is very important to us, and promoting Onjali's books has tied in nicely with the Global Identities module currently being taught to year 7 and 8 students in English.
October is also Black History Month and we have been promoting and encouraging discussion of relevant texts as well as curating and promoting IF YOU LOVE books to match the novels being read aloud to students during mentoring as part of the WHF and Ridgeway School's Reading Programme. Our FREE TIME activities during October have focused on LitFest competitions - creative writing, book cover redesign, illustration and poetry - the latter tying in with National Poetry Day and the theme of CHOICE. Board games are also available on a Monday and a Friday and we have seen some heated rounds of Top Trumps and Bananagrams!
Whilst information literacy and study skills are embedded in taught lessons, additional advice and guidance is provided to R6 students by Mrs Day and Mrs Tonkin, the school librarians. This month they have been delivering Research and Presentation Skills sessions in R6+ time, as well as Plagiarism Avoidance & Referencing Skills to EPQ students.
After over a year of remote and blended learning, literacy and reading are as important as ever. That’s why we’re placing an emphasis on literacy and independent reading this year. By strengthening their reading abilities, our students are enabled to succeed in education and their life after school. We’d like to encourage every student to visit the school library and pick out a book of their choice.
We are excited to recognise this event and to celebrate librarians as we continue to promote the link between literacy, creativity, and academic progress.
Organised globally by the International Association of Librarians, this month highlights the value of these amazing spaces, and the hardworking staff and volunteers that make them run. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Fairy Tales and Folk Tales around the World’. You can see what other schools around the world have been doing to celebrate here: https://iasl-online.org/ISLM.