It’s the first week back at school after the holidays and I’ve found myself homeless at school!
For this week, my library has been borrowed as a prayer space for the children. I must say it looks rather relaxing – there are sheets suspended in the air and fairy lights providing a more gentle atmosphere for the children to meditate, pray and reflect in. Many of my bookcases have been moved out to create space so the staff room is looking very full of books! I have had my eye on the bubble lamp and think that one might become a regular fixture once normality is restored. There will be more changes this term to the library, which I am very excited about, and I’ll keep posting updates here.
Even though I don’t have my normal space, I have still been working with the children, just in slightly different ways. With the younger children, I have been visiting the classrooms and reading stories and also sharing the marvellous book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. This aim of this beautiful title is to explore words from nature that are in danger of becoming extinct in children’s vocabulary, and I’ve been working with the children to see how many they know and how they might be creative with them. I will post more about this soon on here but we’re having a great time.
I’ve also been spending some time reading with children and learning about what they like and dislike in books. It’s really important to do this because it ensures that I am stocking the library with materials that they want to read.
Finally, just so you know, this blog will also now become the official library blog for St Michael’s Primary School. I was writing a separate one for the school as well as this but it seemed a little silly since they both covered the same subjects so they have joined forces!
More soon, but back now to my library planning…