The library has an extensive collection of books, magazines, newspapers, DVD’s, a computer suite and laptops. It is accessible to students before and after school and during break and lunch time. The library staff encourage students to be independent learners by helping them to develop the skills to access resources efficiently and effectively.
You may contact the library staff for advice and guidance on library resources to complete extended learning tasks. After school, parents and carers are welcome to study with their child in the library.
Literacy Beckfoot is focused on promoting whole school literacy across all year groups and across the whole curriculum. This is to ensure that all students have the reading, writing and speaking skills required for life in and out of school. For information on how we support literacy in school click here.
Literacy at home - how you can help
The simplest and easiest way you can help promote your child’s literacy skills at home is by actively encouraging or taking part in reading with them. This can be:
Fiction (novels, comics, etc.)
Non-Fiction (newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, etc.)
Students who regularly read make the most progress in their Literacy and this has a positive effect on their achievement in all subjects of the curriculum.
Questions to ask your child about a text they are reading: Can you summarise what’s happened on this page? Why did the character do that? What is the writer trying to say? Accelerated Reader™ for Key Stage 3 Students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 are enrolled in the Accelerated Reader™ (AR) scheme. This involves students’ reading books pitched at their individual reading level (ZPD) that they have chosen to read for pleasure. After completing the book they then carry out an online quiz based on what they have read.
How much time should they be reading?
As a minimum, your child should be reading for at least 20 minutes a day. However, real progress in their reading skills can be achieved if they are reading for 35 minutes or over a day. Monitoring the amount of time your child is reading will significantly help boost their literacy skills.
How can I check my child’s progress?
Go to the AR ‘Home Connect’ service by clicking here. By using your child’s login details for AR you can check on how many points they have earned, average percentage correct on quizzes and books they have read.
At the end of each term, the tutor group with the most points gained on Reading quizzes will be given a special prize. The individual student in each year who has either read the most words, shown the greatest improvement, collected the most points will be given an individual special prize also. Postcards are sent home each month to the student in each year who has read the most words.
Care of Books
Your child’s reading book is part of the equipment needed for school each day and should be in their bag at all times. A code may be issued for lack of equipment. If your child loses or damages their library book, you will be asked to pay the replacement cost of the book.