Following their recent Library renovation, teacher Amie Elson from Highfield Primary School got in touch to share the good news.
"After spending some time looking at the reading opportunities we offer the children in school and how we deliver our reading lessons, we took the decision to include reading as a priority on our School Improvement Plan. As part of our plan for the year, we wanted to make sure reading had a wider impact for the children in our school community, and also remodel our school library. The library was relocated and the aim was to create an inviting environment for children to be able to immerse themselves in a wide variety of
fiction and non-fiction books. We were only able to complete these renovations with the incredible help from our PTA and parents at the school. Over the course of a year, the PTA arranged multiple fundraisers all supported by our parents. Quiz nights, pantomimes and the school summer fair were all supported incredibly by our school community to help raise the money we needed to create our library. Since it has been open, we have used the space for peer reading, a library lending service has been set up by our HLTA for the children in KS2 and it has become a safe place for children to read and share their love of books. As a quote from our library wall says, ‘Something magical can happen when you read a book.' ”
It's brilliant to see so many schools participating in activities that link to the Year of Reading, please let us know what you are doing in your school and follow us on Twitter @LeedsYoR