A message from the LRC Manager/Librarian, Ms A Hickey.
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.
The Library has recently had a re vamp and we now have a lovely tranquil reading corner where students can relax and read on beanbags. Along with 20 computers and laptops this makes it an ideal place for students.
We have a large selection of books here at the Academy library which are all on Accelerated Reader and colour coded making it very accessible for the students to choose their books at their reading level. Many new titles will be available from September.
Homework Club runs in the library Monday – Friday 3pm – 4pm, homework can also be done at break and lunch times.
The library can be used from 8.00am – 8.25am Monday – Friday. Students may also use the library at break and lunch to access computers, read a book or just socialise with friends. We also have a reading club every Friday after school where any student is welcome to attend.
Year 7, 8 & 9 students 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 students take a quiz on the books they are reading. This shows us that they are understanding what they are reading and helps us to identify any problems they may be having with their reading.
All new Year 7 students are given a library induction lesson when they start in September.
Students in the academy can win prizes for reading the most words and we run competitions between the classes doing Accelerated Reader. We have a Millionaire wall where students can work their way up to reading a million words and over. For this they get rewarded with a certificate, a reading badge and a reading book of their choice. Presently we have 14 Word Millionaires! Great work! Let's keep building on this.
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.
Salford City Academy believes that reading is central to the development of our students and has implemented ‘Reading Routes’ for our students to encourage as many students as possible to read for pleasure. A key aim of our ‘Reading Routes’ initiative is to foster a love of reading for leisure and pleasure whilst widening the cultural experiences of our students and ultimately broadening their learning beyond the core curriculum and opening their minds to a different world.
We have launched reading routes to our students today who have reacted with excitement and have already started to choose the books on our routes. In addition, students will embrace the programme as they immerse themselves into a variety of different books that they previously might not have envisioned themselves reading. Whilst helping to improve their confidence and self-esteem through developing their reading skills. Reading Routes will also strengthen the school community through a shared reading experience.
As part of the nine main reading routes, students will be exposed to a range of genres:
In addition, we have added our DEAR collection and our REACT Values to explore
Not only do our book choices encourage students to engage with genres they might not usually find themselves reading, but they will also be exposed to unfamiliar topics to broaden their understanding of the world around them. It is important that our books choices, in the form of both fiction and non-fiction books, reflect the range and interest of our students.
As part of the Reading Routes programme, there is a route map, which consists of 12 different routes (genres), with around 66 books in total along the routes.
Concurrently, staff will also be reading a book from each route to further encourage discussions and build a sense of community based around reading. The act of collaborative reading will create further engagement for our students as they find a network of staff and students who are also reading the same book. This collaboration will allow us to explore the titles in detail through form leaning time, assemblies and by making a connection with our books’ authors.
As a further reward students are given a Reading Route Metro Pass for every book they read they receive a stamp. For every themed line they complete they receive a prize.
Read 5 books for 50 House Points
Read 10 books for 100 House Points
Read 15 books for every 150 House Points
Read 20 books for 200 House Points
Read 25 books for a Special Prize
Click on the link below to view our reading routes map
Ms Hickey's Recommended Reads: Click on your year group to see the reccommendations.
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 Ms Hickey 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, Careers and College information and other assorted reading material are available in the LRC.
Sparx Reader https://sparxreader.com/
Sparx reader is reading, comprehension and vocabulary programme that gets all young people reading regularly to help improve their Literacy.
Year 7,8,9 and 10 students are set homework each week on Sparx Reader. Students are set the task of reading a book of their choice on the platform each week. Students need to collect 200 SRP per week to complete their homework. This equates to around 20 minutes of slow, concise and accurate reading per week. SRP points, or Sparx Reader Points are awarded to students for completing their homework. This is how we track their student’s progress and engagement. Once students have completed a placement test, the ‘library’ on Sparx Reader will open and students can select a book to read for homework. As students read, they will be asked some comprehension questions to check their understanding and to ensure they are completing their homework weekly. Tasks are personalised based on each student's reading ability so that every student can be successful with their reading. The books that a student can choose from are carefully chosen so that the text is accessible yet suitably challenging.
Do students read whole e-books?
Yes, students read whole e-books on the platform, not just short excerpts. Each story has been carefully broken up into passages, and at the end of a passage, a student will be asked a few questions about that part of the story. When they complete the questions, they will move onto the next part of the book.
Does it have a range of books suitable for all reading ages?
We have e-books from a Sparx Level 1, which is roughly equivalent to a reading age of just over 6 up to 16+ which includes classic literature such as Wuthering Heights. Gold readers can read any paperback book from their school library - some books require teacher validation before they can be read. There are enough books so that students at every level always have a choice of books to read. Students identified as Gold Readers will record their reading onto the platform themselves as a record of their personal reading.
At what level are students allowed to read books of their own choice?
Students who are new to Sparx Reader will be given a selection of carefully selected e-books which they can work through over several weeks. This allows us to understand whether they are able to read carefully and are motivated to independently finish a book. Those that demonstrate they can do this will then be able to add their own books to the system. We do not use students' level or reading age to decide when to unlock this feature, meaning weaker readers will be able to add their own books if they are reading carefully and are motivated to complete books independently. Similarly, if stronger readers cannot demonstrate that they can read the e-books carefully and remain motivated to complete books, they will continue to only have access to the Sparx Reader e-books.
How do I log in?
Students should first select their school in the drop down menu and then enter their login details. These are the same login details they use for Sparx Maths. If a student forgets their password, they can request a password change from their teacher directly.
Academic Reading Lists:
Library Newletter - Edition 1
SCA Reading Dog
Meet Fly SCA reading Dog. He will be visiting the school once a month to encourage some of our students with their reading . Fly also works with the Police as their Wellbeing dog and regularly visits residents in Nursing homes.
Reading to dogs helps children develop their reading skills, encourages positive behaviour and helps build confidence and self-esteem. Reading to dogs inspires children to have fun and enjoy the experience of reading. All over the country, children are learning to love reading with the support of these amazing doggy companions.
Reading aloud and storytelling has always been very important to me reading stories aloud can help build confidence and improve literacy skills. Reading to dogs is a fantastic, innovative idea – it will help boost the confidence of children who are nervous of reading aloud in front of a class, for example, and will encourage a lifelong love of books and reading.