The SCA Library

Well-known authors and illustrators help pupils understand coronavirus

Publishers and well-known authors/illustrators have created a range of e-books to download and share with children. Nosy Crow has published “Coronavirus. A book for Children” by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts. Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine worked as a Consultant on the book. The illustrations have been provided by well-known illustrator Axel Scheffler. The e-book is suitable for primary age children and can be downloaded from the Nosy Crow blog or from Axel Scheffler’s website

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have worked together on some cartoons for children in EY/KS1, featuring well-known characters from their books, updated with new rhymes, to encourage the youngest readers to stay home, wash their hands and practice social distancing. You can see the cartoons on The Guardian website. Colouring pages of more Axel Scheffler’s illustrations, can be found here.

Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, creators of the “Princess in Black” series of books have created The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus , an accessible comic book for younger readers which gives tips on how to fight the coronavirus, explains why washing hands is important and outlines why staying home and keeping your distance is essential.

Sally Nicholls, Viviane Schwarz and Andersen Press have produced: Staying Home, a free e-book for EY/KS1 about a family of raccoons and how they spend a day in “lockdown”. Download it from the Andersen Press.


The Academy Library

A message from the LRC Manager/Librarian, Mrs D Wilkinson.

The Library (also known as the Learning Resource Centre or LRC) is staffed all day and open Monday to Friday. Students can access the facility before school, break and lunch (with a pass collected at break from the LRC, after school, and with their class teacher’s permission during lessons.

Homework Club runs in the library Monday – Thursday 2.45pm - 3.45pm, homework can also be done at break and lunch.

The library can be used from 8.00am – 8.30am Monday – Thursday. Pupils may also use the library at break and lunch to access computers, read a book or just socialise with friends.

Year 7, 8 & 9 pupils take part in an Accelerated Reader (AR) Lesson in the library once a fortnight with myself and another member of staff, Accelerated Reader is where you test on the books you are reading, all year 7 pupils are given an library induction lesson when you start in September. Pupils can win prizes for reading the most words and we run competitions between the classes doing Accelerated Reader.

We have a large selection of books here at the Academy library and many new titles will be available from September.

The library runs themed day competitions like Roald Dahl Day where you can win prizes especially if you find the Golden Ticket, it also runs many literacy based activities in the library to make it fun but learning at the same time.



About the Teaching & Learning Resource Centre

Our exciting Teaching and Learning Resource Centre situated in the heart of the Academy offers state of the art provision for all our students.  Our full time Learning Resource Centre Manager ensures that there are a plenty of activities and events to engage students and promote literacy. Some of these are Author Visits and the Salford Schools Book Award.

Books are updated termly, while the school newsletter, magazines and other assorted reading material are available in the LRC  There is also a thriving chess club.

The Teaching and Learning Resource Centre Manager is ably supported by the Academy Librarians.

Our Library Aims To...

  • Stock resources to aid and enhance teaching and learning, to stimulate leisure interests and the personal reading of staff and students.
  • Foster positive attitudes to reading, books, learning and information and communication technology.
  • Provide an appropriate environment for learning, including facilities for using a variety of media.
  • Help pupils gain an interest in books and reading to help them long term in varied walks of life.

What Will You Find In The Library?

  • A large number of fiction books, a collection of non-fiction books on many subjects.
  • A computerised book catalogue (Accelerated Reader)
  • A book swap Box
  • Computers connected to the Academy network to use for research and homework.
  • Regular competitions all literacy based
  • Themed days (Roald Dahl Day, World Book Day)
  • Board Games break and lunch
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Gaming at lunch

Borrowing from the Library

Students can borrow two books for up to two weeks, the return date will be stamped with the date they are due back. No fines are charged for late books, however if a book is lost payment for the book will be asked for by a letter being sent home. Books need to be renewed if students wish to keep them for longer.

Readers are welcome to request new titles. New stock is added all year round of non-fiction and fiction books.

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