On Wednesday 10th December, Heathfield’s Student Librarians visited Taunton Library.
Student Librarians work very hard supporting the Library at lunch and break times, and this was a chance to see how a ‘real’ Library operated. We were given a tour round the whole Library, heard about the services that were provided, and glimpsed the goings-on behind the scenes.
We then spent some time browsing the books and picking up ideas for the Library here at Heathfield. Of course, the chance to read and browse the books was the icing on the cake!
On Weds 7th July Alex Scarrow, author of the bestselling ‘Time Riders’ series of books, visited Heathfield. Alex delivered a brilliant presentation to the whole of Year 7 in the Tacchi Morris auditorium. He described his time in a rock band and as computer game designer, and went on to talk about writing and what inspired him to create the Time Riders series. The event finished with a Q&A session and a book signing.
Alex then hosted two creative writing sessions in the Library for Year 8s. The theme of the sessions was to encourage creative thinking and to learn new writing techniques. Some ‘out of the box’ thinking produced some intriguing suggestions for story ideas – English teachers may find these ideas cropping up in lessons soon!
Here are the current reading lists for all years from the Library. Please click on the links to view the PDFs. If you have recommendations of your own, please pop into the Library or leave me a message – I’m always keen to hear what you’re reading!
Reading list Yr7&8
Reading list Yr9
Reading list Yr10&11
Why not take part in this creative writing competition? The only rule is that your entry must be contained on one side of A4 paper! The competition is free to enter for Under 16s – pick up a leaflet at Tacchi-Morris, the Library or click here to visit the website.
To celebrate World Book Day on March 6th the Library is holding a book swap. Bring in up to 3 books from home that you no longer read and we will give you a voucher to exchange in the Library on World Book Day for books that are new to you!
Your donated books must be FICTION (STORY BOOKS), IN GOOD CONDITION and SUITABLE FOR AGES 11-16.
Drop your donated books into the Library anytime between now and March 6th.
Read for My School is a reading challenge for Year 7 and Year 8. Schools across the country will be taking part, with the chance to win lots of lovely books! The aim is to read as many books as you can before 28th March. To help you, the website has 100 brilliant fiction titles that you can read online during the challenge. The books have been specially chosen for all abilities and interests. You can record all the ‘real’ books you read too!
Log onto the website http://www.readformyschool.co.uk/app/#/api/user/login to get going. If you have any problems, or need some book suggestions, call in and see Mrs Martin in the Library.
Calling all budding writers! The BBC’s writing competition ‘500 Words’ is now open for 2014. Anyone aged 13 or under can submit a story. If you fancy entering, click here for more information.
Here’s a short video to get you inspired!
The Library has a new selection of Maths books on the shelves. You will find all your classroom textbooks and homework books available here and they can be used before, during and after school in the Library.
After chatting with Mrs Aries, we’ve also purchased some Maths ‘reading’ books. These are great for those of you that struggle to find a good fiction book to read – these new books are full of stories and information about the history of mathematics, famous maths problems and how we use maths in everyday life.
Here’s a video of Simon Singh talking about a famous mathematical theory that puzzled people for centuries – read the full story in his book ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’.
This is the new novel by Malorie Blackman, who has just been appointed the new Children’s Laureate.
Kaspar has grown up in a new, peaceful, egalitarian society after a nuclear war destroyed much of the world. He has joined the Guardians, an elite force trained to fight, without resorting to lethal weapons, to protect The Homeland from The Crusaders, a group of rebels who live outside in “The Badlands”. After he meets one of the rebels, the beautiful Rhea, he cannot forget her and somehow appears to have her memories inside his head. Gradually he begins to doubt what he has been told about the country’s history. Who and what should he trust in the world around him? He enlists the help of a computer nerd, Mac, and begins to investigate the truth, putting both of them in real danger.
This is just as gripping as her famous Noughts and Crosses trilogy and I can see it being made into an exciting film. I also have a feeling that there will be a sequel!
KEEPER OF THE REALMS: CROW’S REVENGE
The heroine of this fantasy adventure book is a feisty twelve year old heroine called Charlie Keeper. She lives in an old house with her Gran after the disappearance of her parents in mysterious circumstances. After a bloodthirsty and terrifying stranger invades her home she discovers the door into a strange, new world called Bellania.
Bellania is a land of strange tree people, myth, magic and giants. Of course there is an evil lord of this domaine, Bane, who controls terrifying creatures who are out to kill Charlie.
There are also the assassins, the wonderfully named Delightful Brothers, Stix and Stones
Charlie must learn about her destiny whilst coping with betrayals, vicious enemies and the terrible odds that are stacked against her. She could probably succeed… …if only she could learn to keep her big mouth shut and her opinions to herself.
Crow’s Revenge is the first in the series, followed by The Dark Army.
Both books are in the Library.
The author, Marcus Alexander will be visiting the School in June and will be talking to Year Sevens and some lucky Year Nines. He is awesome!