"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you will go."
King’s has three Resource Centres which provide students with the opportunity and means to develop into information-literate, independent learners. They provide a collection of relevant, attractive, up-to-date resources that support the academic work of the school and encourage pupils’ leisure interests and enjoyment of reading. With over 18,000 items available for loan, pupils are sure to find something that appeals!
The two main resource centres are open from 8.30am until 6.00pm every day during term time, with the additional Rock Resource Centre open during break and lunchtimes. Each Resource Centre welcomes all pupils, encourages study and gives them the confidence to question and learn.
Through a comprehensive, structured programme of Information Skills we ensure that pupils can make use of any Resource Centre and are able to apply those skills to any research project. The lessons also encourage the pupils to work together thinking about how they can achieve even if the information they seek is not immediately obvious.
The Resource Centres host a fortnightly reading lessons for each Year 7-9 English class where library staff ‘wave and rave’ about new books and support pupils to work through their Reading Matters booklets by completing written tasks on the books they have read. Research skills are embedded within curriculum lessons and library staff are invited to co-teach these vital core techniques.
Reading for Pleasure
We place a huge emphasis on reading for pleasure and we encourage all our pupils to take part in the many and varied enrichment activities we offer. As soon as they join us, our Year 7s are offered the opportunity to take part in the national Bookbuzz scheme choosing a free book and taking part in competitions.
Our lunchtime Book Clubs are popular and involve many activities including book monopoly, top trumps and origami. Groups of pupils follow the Carnegie Shadowing initiative and participants enjoy the announcement day party.
We encourage all pupils to take part in as many events as possible. We celebrate World Book Day in several ways from book themed cake bakes, inter-house book quizzes, to votes for favourite book characters where pupils dress up and parade around the school to persuade their peers of the merits of their hero.
We also celebrate Harry Potter Night and World Book Day, which give staff and pupils the opportunity to share their passion for a particular book.
Invited authors and poets provide invaluable enrichment and encourage reading for pleasure, wider reading and creative writing. Over the last few years we have welcomed several inspirational poets to help us celebrate National Poetry Day and World Book Day including Paul Cookson, Bryony Pearce, Cathy Cassidy, Mike Garry and many others.
We actively encourage our pupils to enter local and national competitions. Recently, two pupils had their thought-provoking short stories published in an anthology of the country’s best young writers after coming in the top 30 from thousands of entries in the ‘National Short Story Week’ competition; a pupil reached the slam final of the ‘Poetry Rivals’ competition and, each year, we take two teams to the regional heat of the National Lit Quiz and to the Cheshire Book Quiz.