School Libraries: Excellence in Practice Amesbury School

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Good morning girls
I'm Carolyn Knight and I'm the library based teacher at Amesbury school which is a
new year 1-6 school that's just opened in 2012
I think of myself as a teacher first and
in the past I've been a teacher with library responsibility and I've always
loved teaching literacy. I'm an avid reader myself i love sharing that with children
and engendering a love of literature and reading with them
at Amesbury school we think of the library as the heart of the school
that's both in a physical sense I guess and a learning sense
it's just
physically the middle plus
it's just got such a wonderful kind of vibe in our library lots of things are run
in our library
there's constantly children coming in and out of our library, it's the middle
of everything in
it literally physically is the heart
and soul of our school it's wonderful.
whenever I'm on release I hangout on
the beanbags over there
and just sit there with my headphones on and my laptop and
I work away there
and it's really good because if kids are coming in I can have chats with them
and being here again because it's so central everyone knows where I am
it really is the heart of the school
the children don't only do reading in this library, they do all types of learning
whether it's using an iPad to do some filming and then produce
something on puppet pals
or it's using the green screen to produce a film to promote something that
they've been studying or investigating
a good thing about the variety of devices is that the children learn to choose the
that suits the purpose
e-learning, information literacy and library stuff is all
integrated throughout everything we do
so we don't have library time and we don't have a computer suite
we suddenly say to the kids it's time to go to the library because anytime can be the time to go to the
well the library's open before
school from half past eight until half past three and they can come into this
school living room if you like with book shelves
and comfortable seats to settle in and just enjoy some space
for issues and returns and any of those transactions the computer is just
on a small desk with an RFID pad next to it
and the children all
self issue and return and that's
really all that's necessary is a small desk with a computer on it essentially
they come over, they self issue
they get their own books they put their own books away and it just means that we don't have to
put time limits on what they are doing
we don't have to control what they are doing they can just
be relaxed
and enjoy the library for what it is
it gives them ownership of
what they're doing
not just of the library but of the school and whole and ownership of their
I act as a teacher not only in the library but I'll take groups of students
for writing or reading or inquiry in any parts of the school. We use Caroline
our library based teacher to support our inquiry learning and to support our literacy learning
so she brings an extra expertise sometimes that's in the hub sometimes that's
in the library here just depends on the situation so it's a
flexible fluid part of our school
this is the third space where everybody meets together the adults and the
it could be just for relaxing it could be
for learning, it's learning for life
it's learning about the role of libraries in the future for them as well, not just at school.