A recent learning event at Borestone Primary gave staff, pupils and parent council members the chance to celebrate their newly refurbished library.
Library Opening Day

Teachers have been doing a lot of work recently on raising attainment in reading, which has involved a strong focus on reading engagement, fostering a love of reading and developing reading skills. 

Children have been engaged and motivated through a new approach called ‘Reflective Reading’ which develops higher-order thinking skills using a wide variety of texts, including novels, digital texts and film. Staff are already seeing more children choosing to read for pleasure and many parents are commenting that they’re switching bedtime DVDs to stories.

With the support of the school’s Parent Council, staff have also been able to transform the previously dull, drab library to a magical space where children are able to relax and enjoy reading. The Parent Council have also started a sponsored ‘Read-a-thon’ designed to link with the school’s priority of increasing children’s reading for pleasure.

Over 250 children and adults attended a recent learning event at the school, which involved Reflective Reading activities, children using Book Creator on iPads, the nursery launching their lending library, local librarian Barbara Fulford officially opening the refurbished library and Tapsalteerie’s David and Jackie Smith entertained children in the storytelling tents.

Head Teacher Gillian Robertson said: “Our learning event was a huge success and we are delighted that our newly refurbished library is now available for pupils to enjoy. We had a very successful book fair, lucky dip books and mystery books for parents, and the Parent Council also shared information about book recommendations and provided refreshments.”

Stirling Council’s Chief Education Officer Kevin Kelman said: “Promoting reading for pleasure amongst pupils is a priority for many schools as it encourages young people to find a way to enjoy learning in their own time. Events like these are fantastic as they bring not just pupils and parents together in a learning environment, but the whole community.”