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The school library – the heart of our school

Posted on 14th of December 2022

At Pilgrims, our vision is to inspire a love of learning.  And what better way to do this than to surround the children with books; inspiring their curiosity, imagination and creativity!

Here, Mrs Webster, Pilgrims’ Headteacher, looks at why our library is the heart of the school.

Libraries are vital to every school environment because they provide access to reading and learning materials, as well as creating a communal area for children of all ages to enjoy.  Ensuring children feel empowered to make their own choices about the books they read is crucial in creating a life-long passion for reading.

At Pilgrims we have a wonderful library space which all the children love visiting. Whether it’s to pick out a book to take home or for group story time; it’s an inspiring place which we all enjoy.

The children love to come to the library to read together, share books, research new topics and to find out lots of exciting new facts, all while stretching their imagination and inspiring creativity.  And reading does not have to be enjoyed quietly in our library – it can even involve role play too. Through acting out the story they are telling, children can build upon their curiosity, and start to create and tell their own stories.

In addition, since the library was refurbished in late 2020, our new ‘learning pods’ have been very popular with the children, as they provide a quiet space outside of the classroom, where they can work together in small groups.  And not only is the library the home for many wonderful books, it is also a place where children can meet up with their friends to take part in our Pastoral & Wellbeing ‘Talk Time’ sessions.  We also hold year group assemblies in the library and, of course, it is also the perfect home for our Christmas tree!

Explore the library and the other exceptional facilities we have at Pilgrims in our 360 virtual tour.