Friday, 25 September 2015

Post-a-Read 2015

Thank you to everyone who told us what they were reading over the summer holidays. We had postcards from USA to Devon and Macedonia to Macau and lots of excellent book recommendations!
Come and have a look at our display, which is on the noticeboard outside the Discovery Library.

Post-A-Read 2015 display

Friday, 18 September 2015

Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The Man Booker Prize is awarded for fiction and is open, for the second time, to authors writing in English regardless of their nationality.

The six books on the list are:
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaica)
  • Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (UK)
  • The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria)
  • The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (UK)
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (US)
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (US)

The winner of the year's Man Booker Prize will be announced on Tuesday, 13th October.

Previous Man Booker Prize winners are available to borrow from the War Memorial Library.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Students Who Read Do Better in their GCSEs

A study by Cambridge University has found that students who put in an extra hour of homework or spent the time reading, did better in their GCSEs, scoring 23 points more than the average.  An extra hour a day of television, internet or computer game time in Year 10 is linked to poorer grades at GCSE, approximately two fewer GCSE grades (e.g. going from B to D).  

At TRS, all students from Year 7 onwards are expected to be reading and they all carry a reading book.  We have two excellent Libraries with three qualified Librarians, who are able to encourage and promote reading for pleasure.  As our students know, reading helps improve their spelling, vocabulary, ability to study as well as improving confidence and behaviour.

Below is our 'Why I Read ...' poster that we use in our brainstorming and borrowing induction lesson and for reader promotion activities.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Welcome Back!

We would like to welcome back all the TRS students and staff and welcome all those who are new to the school - we hope that you enjoy your time here! 

We hope you had a great summer - we received some postcards telling us what you were reading and look forward to displaying these. 

We have a great collection of fiction and non-fiction to browse and borrow in our Libraries, with Librarians on hand to help with homework and recommend a good read - just ask!

Funny Books in the Discovery Library

Library opening times: 

Remember that for the KS3 students, the Discovery Library is open before and after school as well as at lunch time for quiet study. For KS4 students, the War Memorial Library is open at lunch time and for Post 16 students, it is available to use throughout the day including morning break.

Competitions and Displays:

Recommended Reads
Look out for our Library competitions, including our weekly Word of the Week competition, with loads of great prizes to be won. We have changing book displays and displays of new books to encourage reading for pleasure. We are happy to consider buying any books that we do not currently have – just ask! There are suggestion boxes too for any comments or suggestions you may have.

Crime Books in the War Memorial Library

We look forward to seeing you in the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.

Your Librarians - Ms. Roberts, Mrs Bhandari and Mrs Nolan.