Learning Resource Centre
The Learning Resource Centre at Lord Grey School provides a welcoming, attractive and stimulating environment for independent learning and recreational reading.
By providing a range of resources, and with the expertise of our staff team, we are able to help students to develop their information literacy skills; and by encouraging students to take responsibility for their own learning, we are able to promote the development of lifelong skills.
We encourage students to read by guiding them to the books that are just right for them and rewarding their progress with praise, certificates and Vivos. By supporting reading practice in this way we increase motivation and enjoyment, which leads to greater enthusiasm for reading.
Year 7 and Year 8 students have library lessons with their English teacher. In these lessons, they are taught how to access the library catalogue, how to select appropriate books, how to identify themes and characterisation in books and how to fact find in reference books. They are taught about genre as well.
The LRC is open all day and students are encouraged to make use of the wide-ranging facilities before school, at break, lunchtime and after school. During lesson time, teaching staff are encouraged to book whole classes in to the LRC as appropriate. By utilising their information literacy skills students can find and use the resources they need for their coursework.
Links to over 12,000 websites, on a range of topics, are incorporated with the book stock on to the LRC computer catalogue ‘Oliver’. Students are able to access this at school and at home for homework or revision purposes, and it enables them to find academically sound websites in a safe, controlled environment, and it avoids the overuse of Google as a homework tool.
We run a variety of reading related activities which students are encouraged to participate in over the school year. We have recently started a ‘Just Read’ session, which is an informal reading time on Wednesday lunchtime and for many years we have also ‘shadowed the Carnegie’ i.e. read the shortlisted books for the Carnegie Award for best children’s book of the year. We also run book fairs, support World Book Day and organise a number of author visits throughout the year.