Reading CloudReading Cloud

Here at The Oakwood Academy we believe that reading for pleasure and school libraries are fundamental when it comes to literacy, student attainment and student wellbeing. In order for students to continue to access our library and new reading books during this period of time out of school, we will be introducing a ‘Click and Collect service’.

In order to make use of this service, students will need access to our new ‘Reading Cloud’ library system. This will enable students to choose books that can then be collected from our school reception. Each student will be able to take out up to four books at a time. There will also be an option to return books by firstly returning them on-line and then depositing the books at main reception.

Students have been given their log in details but if you have forgotten it, email toa-library@oakwoodacademy.org.uk and let us know and we'll send you your login details very shortly.

To support with logging in for the first time, we have attached a ‘How To’ Guide. This can also be found on the school website under the Library section.

Reading Cloud Guide

Finally, we are also going to be introducing e-books into our library catalogue. This will be provided by a company called Overdrive, but students will be able to access them through the Reading Cloud. We will send out a text and email once this system is ready for students to use.

We know that we can count on your support to encourage your child to use this system to continue their reading development.

Click here to access The Oakwood Academy Reading Cloud.


Library

The Library is a welcoming environment where students can research, study and read for pleasure during lessons and in their spare time.

Resources are available to borrow as well as for use in the Library.

The Library is staffed at all times, so please ask for help.

Miss S Hough: Library Manager

Mrs S Lee: Library Manager

Student helpers also help in the Library during lunch and break times.

Opening Times

Monday  8.00am-4.00pm

Tuesday  8.00am-4.00pm

Wednesday  8.00am-4.00pm

Thursday  8.00am-4.00pm

Friday  8.00am-3.30pm

Resources and Facilities

Resources include fiction and non-fiction books, newspapers, posters and reference materials.

Study space is available for individual and group work, along with computer access to enable students to carry out research or complete their homework. Comfy chairs are also available for quiet reading.

Colourful displays advertise library resources, clubs, events and information.

Clubs and Activities

Lunchtime clubs include:

  • Games Club – Monday

  • Games Club – Wednesday

  • Year 7 Book Club – Friday

Homework club runs every day after school:

  • Monday – Thursday 3.05 – 4.00pm

  • Friday – 3.05 – 3.30pm

In addition to the clubs, the library runs competitions, such as poetry and short story competitions, throughout the year. Book Club members have the opportunity to shadow the Carnegie Medal book award. A paired reading scheme takes place twice a week and there are regular author events.

Accelerated reader

Year 7 students participate in the Accelerated Reader programme which encourages and challenges them to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. Personalised reading targets are set after an initial reading test and then students read their books and take online quizzes.  Points are rewarded and students work in house teams to win prizes.

Quizzes can be taken at home by accessing the following link: Accelerated Reader 

Free eBooks

http://www.ebooks-for-all.com/bookmarks/list/onecat/Free-ebooks+Children-s-books/0.html 

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/23017.FREE_Ebooks_For_Teens#13402447 

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/19946.Free_Kindle_Books_YA_#13402447 

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/21465.Best_FREE_Kindle_Ebooks_for_Children_ 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=free+ebooks 

http://www.whsmith.co.uk/dept/ebooks-free-ebooks 

http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oodles.download.free.ebooks.reader&hl=en_GB

Links

Here are some links to some fabulous book related websites:

http://worldbookday.com/ 

http://www.readingzone.com/?zone=cz 

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children 

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

http://clubs-kids.scholastic.co.uk/

http://booksforkeeps.co.uk/