At Ridgewood, we consider ourselves very lucky to have a fantastically resourced library and an outstanding librarian. Our library, which acts as a hub of activity and learning in the school, is always popular with both students and staff, and offers far more than simply books.
It is available to students during break and lunchtime, and after school until 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 4pm Friday. All students need a library card to access the facilities.
The library is a busy and lively place where we endeavour to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere to support students in their development of their curriculum subjects. We strive to create a reading environment, inspire independent readers who read for pleasure, and ultimately promote literacy in school. There are a wide range of non-fiction books specifically chosen to support the curriculum, in addition to the books available for general interest and all abilities.
Classes are also held in the library, and there are 15 computers available for research and homework.
Our library’s fiction section is well established with a wide range of titles available, including those by the most popular authors. We promote themes based on these authors or new books through bright and colourful displays, and students may enter quizzes and competitions related to these themes.
Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic library resource officer is available throughout the day to provide help and support to our students. There are printing and photocopying facilities too, as well as careers kiosks and information regarding Sixth Form for students to access.
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading program that helps teachers support and monitor students' reading practice. There is an assessment process, Star Reading, which provides students with a reading range. Students choose a book within their range, read the book, and then take an online quiz to measure how much of the book they understood.
All students in Years 7 and 8 are expected to read for at least 20 minutes every day as part of their English homework. Accelerated Reader is the software provided by Renaissance Learning which is specifically designed to help students learn to read. A Parent's Guide to Accelerated Reader can be downloaded below.
All students are set a target to read two books, within their level, and to pass the quizzes, each half term. This equals a total of 12 books in the school year. Rewards are available for the students who achieve these targets:
12 passed quizzes = Bronze
18 passed quizzes = Silver
30 passed quizzes = Gold
100,000 words read = Bronze
250,000 words read = Silver
500,000 words read = Gold
1 million words read = Millionaires Club
We find that the competitive element of the programme engages and motivates students and our readers grow in enthusiasm, confidence and reading skill.
You can access Accelerated Reader here: https://ukhosted16.renlearn.co.uk/1938297.