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The Library

Some resources for you until we return

Have a go at the activities in the reading booklet or join Newman Book Club. Look at the list of free books you can get online. 


The Library is a popular place to be within the school. With over 3,000 books, a selection of magazines, First News newspapers and laptops, we have something to offer students of all year groups.

All students are introduced to the Library. Books can be borrowed for two weeks at a time and can be renewed before school, breaks and afterschool at the Library reception desk. All students are encouraged to make book suggestions / orders so we can stock a quality Library were students engage.



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Welcome to Book of the Week.

Each week we will identify a book for students, staff and families to read.

A boy. A drone. And the danger below ...


A boy. A drone. And the danger below ...

Ever since the accident, Tom's struggled with his mobility. But he has a secret escape: Skylark, his drone - through this technology, he can fly above his Lake District home, exploring his world from a totally different perspective. But when he stumbles upon a terrorist plot, he knows no one will believe him. Maggie and Joel, a sister and brother on holiday in his aunt's cottage, are the only ones who can help ... but can they stop the plot in time?

First News, Free Digital Issue.

Now available on our Library page - First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at young people. First News covers politics to entertainment, sports to science and everything in between…Enjoy.

Also First News -  Want to hear what students / Our school has been up to during lockdown !

How have you been learning at home? Have you been getting creative? How have you been keeping fit and active?  Why not share your experiences with First News readers?

Email your news report (including pictures) to Don’t forget to include your name and age (and your school’s name and address for school news reports). By writing in, you give consent to First News printing details and photographs of those involved in the report.

Many thanks Nicola


Homework and Clubs

Daily Homework Club offers a place for your child to work in a supportive environment, this club is  under the guidance of a member of staff.

In addition, there are clubs, programs and competitions that students can take advantage of in the Library. These include our LRC committee Book club, where students learn all there is to know about books; Film Club; Chess Club; author visits both in person and via Skype and many more. 

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Accelerated Reader

We use Accelerated Reader (AR) which is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The internet-based software assesses reading age, and suggests books that match pupils' needs and interests. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress, which also means prizes.

Library Lessons

All students are welcome to apply to be a Student Library Assistant. This is a fun and educational position that teaches teamwork, organisation and responsibility. Our Student Library Assistants play a vital role within the school Library.


Recommended book lists

These booklists have been recommended by Mrs Jones for Year 6 students who are preparing for their transition to secondary school.

Think U Know
Young Writers
Catholic Teaching Alliance
Accelerated Reader
Microsoft Office Specialist
Ofsted ParentView
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