C. S. Lewis
The Learning Resource Centre at Scissett Middle School is a busy, vibrant and exciting environment which offers a wide range of resources to promote reading, facilitate research and arouse curiosity.
Books still constitute the main resource and to date, the centre has approximately 5,000 titles which are divided into 3 categories: fiction, non-fiction and reference. In addition, the centre receives daily copies of The Huddersfield Examiner and First News is delivered on a weekly basis. We also subscribe to a wide range of educational magazines.
In an increasingly technological age, we recognise the need to embrace advances in this field and so pupils have access to an ever-growing number of computers, audio books and Kindles.
During the course of a week, every pupil has one lesson in the LRC. During this time, they learn how to use the facility, engage in a reading activity and have the opportunity to choose and change books. In order to promote reading, the LRC Manager, Mrs Dyson, and the Key Stage 3 Leader of English, Miss Ryan, work closely to plan a diverse range of literary events.
A Year in the Learning Resource Centre 2016-2017
Since its launch last September, Accelerated Reader is now firmly embedded in the curriculum so as pupils returned to school, they visited the LRC in large numbers to choose new books or take a quiz.
A group of Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to take a trip to Ilkley Literature Festival where they met the author, Jeremy Strong. They proved to be an attentive audience and every pupil returned to school with a signed copy of one of the author’s books.
On Armistice Day, pupils marked the solemn occasion with a minute of silence. Year 7 pupils also spent some time in the LRC exploring the significance of the poppy and expressing their thoughts through poetry. The resulting poems were initially displayed in the entrance hall before being transferred to St Augustine’s Church for Remembrance Sunday.
With Christmas on the horizon, the Scholastic Book Fair prompted large numbers of pupils to make a purchase. The commission from sales enabled Mrs Jessop to buy a huge selection of new titles for the LRC.
In response to a fictional scenario, ‘The Burning Question,’ Year 7 pupils were asked to prepare a presentation to persuade their peers that the author of their choice should ‘be saved.’ Using a medium of their choice, the pupils produced some unique presentations and the judge, Mrs D. Mann, certainly had a difficult job. Eventually, she decided that Grace, Savannah and Charlotte were worthy of first prize for their humorous piece of Drama about Roald Dahl whilst Isobel, Natasha and Olivia were awarded second place for their interview with J. K. Rowling, which was both informative and entertaining.
In the dark days of winter, love blossomed in the LRC as pupils in two Year 8 English classes participated in Speed Dating. Armed with a title of their choice, the boys had just three minutes to promote their book and demonstrate their charm to the girls in the class. With Shakespearean love quotes on the walls, red roses on the tables and love hearts randomly sprinkled on surfaces, the scene was set.
The girls secretly awarded marks on their score sheets and at the end of the lesson everyone anxiously waited for the results to be revealed. Reuben, Jack, Josh, Nathan, Olly and Benjamin were pleased to be announced the winners and they proudly received a Valentine’s card and a small prize.
To mark World Book Day, the teachers in the Science and Maths Departments began their lessons with a starter activity related to a popular novel. Simon Mayo’s debut novel, ‘Itch’ tells the story of a young boy who is an element hunter. Activities related to the Periodic Table meant this novel was in great demand and more copies had to be hastily ordered. In Maths lessons, Year 8 pupils were introduced to the character, Christopher Boone who has an obsession with prime numbers. Delving into the subject of Asperger’s Syndrome a selection of books on this topic proved very popular.
In the afternoon of World Book Day, two teams of Year 6 pupils attended the Kirklees Literature Festival, ‘Page Turners,’ at Huddersfield Town Hall. Having won this competition on two previous occasions, the teams were really under pressure. On this occasion, the pupils were just outside the placed teams coming fourth and sixth but undeterred, they have already started to prepare for next year’s competition.
Following the launch of Radio2’s 500 Words Competition, pupils explored the winning entries from last year and many were inspired to put pen to paper.
The freelance Drama specialist, Gerry Nowicki was delighted to return to school this year to deliver a workshop for Year 8 pupils. The play, ‘The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time’ was the focus for the afternoon and under his guidance, pupils explored the key scenes of the play. There were some exceptional performances, with those of Cameron, Ava, Aaron and Lexi being particularly worthy of note.
With public examinations a distant memory, Year 6 pupils enjoyed a fabulous day at Harry Potter World, where they had the chance to step into the Great Hall, explore the Forbidden Forest and marvel at the features of Diagon Alley. In addition, they had the opportunity to see some of the amazing costumes and the beautifully crafted iconic props. For those die-hard fans, the day was simply not long enough.
The novel, ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio has, once again, proved to be a firm favourite among Year 7 pupils. With the long summer holiday just around the corner, pupils were given the task of sending a precept postcard from their holiday destination. In September, these postcards will form a new display outside the LRC which will hopefully inspire other pupils to read this thought-provoking novel before the film is released in December.
To satisfy all those J. K. Rowling fans in Year 7, the ‘Great Harry Potter Quiz’ will be held in September. If you think you know the facts, all you have to do is enter a team of four. You will need an apt name and if you have any merchandise, make sure you bring it along to ensure you look the part! Watch this space for more details!
If you are a keen reader, why not try Simon Mayo’s new novel for young adults. (13+)
Ant and her brother, Mattie are locked up in Spike, a new family prison.
Society demands they do time for the unpunished heritage crimes of their parents.
Tension is simmering inside the jail.
When the tension breaks and a riot begins, Ant realizes they’ve got one chance to break out.
It’s time for Ant to show the world that they’re NOT TO BLAME.
The Burning Question
Imagine this scenario: A writers’ conference is being held at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. Fire breaks out and you must decide who should be saved first.
Pupils in a Year 7 English class are currently considering this question and in groups of three, using the medium of Drama, they are busily devising presentations to argue their point.
Are you imaginative? Do you have a story to tell? Are you looking for a challenge? If so, put pen to paper and enter Radio 2’s 500 Words Competition. Log onto the website to read last year’s winning stories. The deadline is 23 February.