Library News

On Thursday 7th March Lister once again celebrated World Book Day in style! From Hobbits to Oompa Loompas, Miss Trunchbull to the Woman in Black and of course a whole host of Harry Potters, staff and students donned some fantastic costumes to celebrate our favourite book characters. We had a special extended tutor time in which tutors shared their reading histories and tutor groups competed to solve the mystery in our Literary Clue game. Every student received their World Book Day book voucher and we raised lots of money for Book Aid International – a very worthy cause.

This month we’ve also been celebrating books through involvement with the Newham Word Festival. A group of 30 year eight students were wowed by Lister’s favourite author Alex Wheatle as he told them how books saved his life when he ended up in prison. Bobby Seagull brought maths alive in his talk which was attended by a group of lower school girls. Finally we had an absolute treat on Monday 11th March when we took a class of year ten students to see acclaimed author Malorie Blackman in conversation with Angie Thomas, the author of the huge hit novel, and recently film, The Hate U Give.

In library lessons years seven, eight and nine have all been doing research projects. Tying in with their English lessons, the research projects teach students how to locate, analyse, use and present information. We are equipping them with the skills to identify fake news, research effectively and work independently. At the moment in library lessons we are in the midst of Star Reading tests and it’s brilliant to see so many students’ reading ages increase by more than the six months since their last test in September – a real testament to their consistent hard work.

And finally, after a fascinating Accelerated Reader reward trip in December to the British Library’s Saxons exhibition, we are now looking forward to our spring term visit. For this we are taking 15 students to the Wallace Collection for a creative writing workshop – we can’t wait!

Leave a Reply