We aim to foster a love of the written and spoken word so that each child feels confident in the essential skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. With careful guidance involving much fun and laughter, pupils are introduced to a wide and exciting array of literature and encouraged to explore and experiment with the different genres, both creative and non-fiction. From Floppy’s Phonics in the Early Years, Years 1 and 2, to reading Shakespeare in Years 5 and 6, each child works towards his or her potential.
We follow the National Curriculum expanding and developing those areas we feel are relevant and interlocking it with the Common Entrance Syllabus. The English curriculum is enhanced by trips to local and national theatres as well as book clubs, The Manor Poetry Festival and Book Week.
The Library enjoys a central location in the School and had a complete refurbishement in April 2017 adding fun reading spaces and hidey-holes, new tables and chairs and two stunning wall murals painted by Manor Parent, Mr Arrowood, It really is a special place to visit and has been embraced by the pupils - in fact the borrowing of books has increased by 64%.
The Library lies at the heart of the learning process by which pupils are provided with the tools to become learners for life. Every pupil is timetabled to come to the Library at least once a week – Nursery and Reception classes enjoy shared stories with the Librarian, and from Year 1 onwards, fiction and non-fiction books may be borrowed on a weekly basis.
The Library is open at break times and between 8.00-8.30 a.m for girls in Year 4 to 6. There is a very popular Librarian Training Scheme for girls in Year 6.
The Librarian runs a range of activities to foster a love of literature and research. These include Book Weeks with visiting authors and colourful Book Character Costume Parades, quizzes and competitions, plus three flourishing Book Clubs which run once every half term.