Our school is strongly committed to improving literacy and knows the importance of reading for pleasure. There is good evidence to suggest that young people who read for pleasure daily perform better in reading tests than those who never do. We want to encourage children to enjoy reading and to read a wide range of good quality literature.
I am delighted to inform you that the school has recently made a significant investment in our library with the introduction of a new online version of our library catalogue. The new system allows pupils, staff and parents to view our school library catalogue online and pupils are encouraged to use this to help with research, to write reviews about books they have read and search for new books and other library resources.
The system includes a fantastic new feature called ‘Who Next’ which recommends new books and authors based on the books that your child has already read. You will be able to use this feature at home to help your child select their next book.
You can access the system via the school website or directly using the following link: https://www.readingcloud.net/
If you have access to an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android phone, then you can also download a new App called ‘iMLS’ to access the library from those devices. The app is available from the App Store and Android Market.
Having the library accessible in this way and having parents engaged with reading, will help to support our commitment to improving literacy standards.
Your child’s teacher will have explained Reading Cloud to the class and your child will be issued with a reading cloud card which contains their log in details.
The site does have a useful help section accessed via the help button above the search box. This offers clear instruction on how to navigate the different areas of the site your child can access.
As this is a new resource to the school, we will continue to add other features and links as it develops and will notify you of any changes.