“The library is the heart of creativity in any school.” - Michael Morpurgo
Our Library Ethos
- To create lifelong readers
- To foster the growth of curious young researchers
- To promote and encourage reading for pleasure throughout the whole school community
- To support whole school teaching and learning objectives
- To support the school literacy policy
- To enable access to reading material in all its forms
Matt Oldfield (Author) visit
On Wednesday 27th March, author Matt Oldfield came into school to work with the children as part of the Boys’ Book Club; the club’s aim is to reignite the boys’ interest in books and reading, and, from what I saw on Wednesday, it was highly successful. Taking place in the Community Room of the Oaks Primary School, the boys had the opportunity to meet Matt, learn about some football heroes and eventually create their own small book about their personal hero.
Matt Oldfield predominantly writes books about real life footballers in his Ultimate Football Heroes series and the boys jumped at the opportunity to ask him questions about football with some of the boys also interested in the actual writing process itself. The author was interesting and knowledgeable about his subject and managed to hold the boys’ attention throughout the session. He then went on to discuss what exactly made somebody a hero with the boys having the opportunity to choose their own heroes and write a fact sheet about them that they would then later use to make a small book.
After a quick break for squash and cake, the session continued after school with a bookmaking activity shared by parents. The boys made books about the hero they had chosen earlier. There was a great variety in the choice of hero with Roald Dahl and a few family members putting in an appearance alongside well-known footballers. Each boy created a small book about their chosen hero with the aim of creating a display of the best work in the hall for everyone to see. With staff on hand with iPads to provide any additional information the boys might need, silence quickly fell as the boys engaged with the activity - they produced some amazing work in the small amount of time available to them. Then, for those who wanted to, there was the opportunity to buy the author’s book and get them signed.
All in all, it was a very interesting afternoon with the children involved appearing to get a lot out of meeting Matt and fully engaging with the activities.