The school’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) plays a vital role in the education of pupils. The LRC is open throughout the day with a Librarian on duty at all times to provide assistance. All pupils are members of the LRC and can be issued a maximum of three books at any one time; one of these books should be use during PDM. Pupils are encouraged to use the LRC for both reading and as a resource centre. Pupils are taught information skills to enable them to make full use of the resources. The LRC is a friendly, welcoming area for all pupils to come during their school day. Whether this is to use one of our 30 computers, meet friends and play our Educational board games, ‘chill out’ with an Audio Books or simply relax and lose yourself in one of our excellent books. There are many things to do in Perryfields High Learning Resource Centre.
Pupils may use the LRC during the lunch time, homework club and at any other time with teacher’s permission.
2011 saw the introduction of the Accelerated Reading Programme to all Year 7’s regardless of their Reading ability. All Year 7’s will come to the LRC for their Accelerated Reading Lesson. Reading is used during everyday life and we at Perryfields are committed to improving students reading. Improved reading ability will help increase results in other areas of the curriculum. As pupils are more focused and better able to cope with the pressures of learning.
Introduction to Accelerated reading
Perryfields High School has a well stocked library with over 8000 books plus 30 computers.
Pupils will sit the Quick Star Reading Test. It takes about 20 minutes. The test adapts to answers, so if answers are wrong the questions will get easier, if answers are correct they will get harder up to GCSE level.
This will identify a reading age of the pupils and a level of books suitable for the individual. So the pupils will read a book appropriate to their level of reading but will slightly test them.
The LRC will be used for all Accelerated Reading as this will create the correct atmosphere. Pupils will not only need to exchange books they will need the computers for their quizzes. The quizzes are completed after finishing a book. They will have 10 multi choice questions, the pupils need to pass by 85 % this shows a good level of comprehension.
We would like parents to encourage their child to read 20 – 30 minutes a day.
AR works well by using a competitive atmosphere. The Family with the most correct quizzes taken during a month/ term will be rewarded. Pupils who have read over a million words will be named on our millionaires board. This will encourage competition between families and the need to succeed.
With a lot of hard work and commitment every pupil in Perryfields will leave school being able to read to a high standard.
Improved reading ability will help increase results in other areas of the curriculum, as pupils are more focused and better able to cope with the pressures of learning.
Renaissance Home Connect
This is where pupils can show family their achievements and progress.