HLTA with responsibility for the LRC: Mrs S. Jessop We read to know we are not alone
C. S. Lewis
We read to know we are not alone
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.
Top 15 Books Voted for by Girls in July 2018
|1||The Hunger Games||Suzanne Collins|
|2||Diary of a Wimpy Kid||Jeff Kinney|
|3||Harry Potter Series||J K Rowling|
|4||Wonder||R J Palacio|
|5||The Fault In Our Stars||John Green|
|6||Girl On Line||Zoe Sugg|
|7||Noughts and Crosses Trilogy*||Malorie Blackman|
|8||Dork Diaries Series||Rachel Renee Russell|
|10||Middle School||Tabitha Payne|
|11||The Murder Notebooks||Anne Cassidy|
|12||Double act||Jacqueline Wilson|
|13||Girl, Missing||Sophie McKenzie|
|14||Horowitz Horror Series||Anthony Horowitz|
|15||Gangsta Granny||David Walliams|
Top 15 Books Voted for by Boys in July 2018
|1||Maze Runner||James Dashner|
|2||Horowitz on Horror||Anthony Horowitz|
|4||Diary of a Wimpy Kid||Jeff Kinney|
|5||Mortal Engines||Phillip Reeve|
|6||Percy Jackson||Rick Riordan|
|8||Demon Dentist||David Walliams|
|9||Harry Potter Series||J K Rowling|
|10||Wonder||R J Palacio|
|11||Skullduggery Pleasant||Derek Landy|
|12||Heroes of Olympus Series||Rick Riordan|
|14||Tom Gates||Liz Pichon|
* Year 8 Only
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.
A Remarkable True Story
Can you imagine not being able to speak or communicate? The silence, the loneliness, the pain. But, in your mind you disappear to magical places, and even meet your best friend there. However, most of the time you remain imprisoned within the isolation. Waiting, longing, hoping. Until someone realises your potential and discovers your key, so your unlocking can begin. Now you are free, flying like a wild bird in the open sky. A voice for the voiceless.
Jonathan Bryan has severe cerebral palsy, a condition that makes him incapable of voluntary movement or speech. He was locked inside his own mind, aware of the outside world but unable to fully communicate with it until he found a way by using his eyes to choose individual letters, and in this slow, laborious way make his thoughts known.
In Eye Can Write, we read of his intense passion for life, his mischievous sense of fun, his hopes, his fears and what it's like to be him. This is a powerful book from an incredible young writer whose writing ability defies age or physical disability - a truly inspirational figure.
MORE ABOUT JONATHAN BRYAN
Jonathan is 12 years old. This is the incredible and moving true story of a child who is locked in and his struggle to communicate with the world.
'A writer of great emotional and intellectual depth...His words tell us so much about our universal human resilience, our capacity for understanding, our longing to communicate. Jonathan has opened the door for us into his world, and reached out his hand to us in his writing. When we take his hand as we read, he is not locked in any more. And neither are we. We join him in his journey, he joins us in ours.' MICHAEL MORPURGO
'Jonathan's story is such a powerful one - and light, love, and compassion shine from everything he does. It is an honour to call him my friend' BEAR GRYLLS.
Pupils in a Year 7 class have watched a documentary about Jonathan’s life and have responded to a recent post on his blog. If you are interested, log on to his website www.eyecantalk
The Great Harry Potter Quiz
On Wednesday 1 November, twelve teams, with aptly chosen names and attired in themed clothing, participated in the Great Harry Potter Quiz. Excitement and apprehension filled the air as the teams pitted their wits against each other. In between rounds, a spot question flashed up on the screen and the first individual to jump to their feet won a prize. Mrs Francis, came out of retirement for the afternoon in order to mark the answers and announce the results. She had a difficult job on her hands as this was a tightly fought contest. However, having checked and rechecked the scores she declared a tie for second place between ‘The Death Eaters’ and’ Order Of The Phoenix’. Just nudging ahead by one mark, ‘The Horcrux’ claimed first prize with Jessica, Alfie. Bethan and Erin scooping some Harry Potter merchandise.
Deep in thought!