Welcome to Stalham High School Library
Our bright, modern, refurbished library is the perfect location for students to study independently, read for pleasure and experience specific library-based literacy lessons. It is well-equipped with computers and a newly replenished and updated stock of fiction and non-fiction books.
When can students use the library?
Students are welcome to use the library at break and lunchtimes to study independently, read for pleasure, play board games and participate in library activities. Students may use the computers and priority is given to those who wish to complete homework.
The library is also used by groups of students during lessons, for research.
There are a range of lunchtime activities offered to students in the library that vary each day and throughout the year, and the librarian seeks to respond to student interests and suggestions. Currently these are animation, art/craft, colouring, Uno and Film Club. Other activities have included a reading group to shadow the Carnegie Book Awards, Lego, Knitting Ninjas, and Wizarding World (Harry Potter Fan Club).
Whenever possible the librarian provides the opportunity to meet popular, current children’s authors. This year, Andy Briggs entertained us with fascinating tales from his time spent in Africa exploring ideas for his Tarzan series of books (including smelling Gorillas’ breath!). He challenged our assumptions about the role of a writer, as we found out more about his varied career as an author, and screenwriter.
All students in years 7, 8 & 9 have a library lesson every fortnight, which is devoted to personal reading and activities that promote reading.
Year 7 and 8 students take part in the Accelerated Reader programme. They read and quiz their Accelerated Reader books during their library lesson.
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is a programme for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure. The idea is to engage students, motivate reading practice, and improve reading progress. This happens through English lessons, a dedicated library lesson, and a weekly form time set aside for individual reading.
The student reads a book that is the appropriate reading level for them and then takes an online quiz about their book. This can be done in any break or lunchtime in the library, or during library lessons.
There is a website called AR Bookfinder that students can use to see whether their books can be quizzed. Books from the school library, home and public libraries can all be quizzed, as can e-books, but the quiz can only be taken in school.
If you would like to check whether there is an Accelerated Reader quiz before choosing your next book, go to http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/
myON - Reading support for Years 7 and 8
The school has a new online reading resource called myON, which the school has bought to encourage reading. All of the books are on Accelerated Reader, and it is especially good for those students who like reading non-fiction. There are some excellent features to support with reading, including options to turn audio on/off, or to highlight the text being read.
All Year 8 students should have their ZPD (Accelerated Reader) levels (mostly) in their planners. MyON provides the option to input their ZPD level so that they can easily access the books that are the right level for them. *Don't forget to quiz on AR after reading a book on myON, for the chance to be entered into the reading raffle (AR will log this so I can give raffle tickets out at a later point)!*
Year 7 students do not yet have Accelerated Reader ZPD levels but can still use myON to access the full range of books. Books are labelled with the age range they are suitable for, so it should be easy to find something which is of interest and at the appropriate level for them to enjoy.
Further information regarding myON, including instructions on how to log in can be found here:
Students can find the myON login page here:
They will need to start typing in ‘Stalham High School’ and then select the school from the drop-down menu.
Your username is the first part of their school email before the ‘@’ symbol, e.g. ‘zsmith’
Your password is ‘Stalham20’
The student introduction video can be found here:-
If you are in Year 8 and would like to link your AR ZPD level to myON, a video on how to do this can be found here:-
Other online resources
Don’t forget that you can also sign up to Norfolk Libraries online https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries/find-an-item/ebooks-and-eaudio or use the ‘Libby’ app https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/ to access free ebooks and audiobooks (please contact Mrs Schofield if you would like any more information). This is the best way to access the latest fiction, or popular series (e.g. Harry Potter).