Reading is such a key part of our lives and we often take it for granted. In education, we are aware that it can be seen as simply 'another subject' but we know that it is SO much more; It is a source of a great deal of happiness, it sparks creativity and interest, it is beneficial to mental health.
The staff are avid readers - not just because we work in a school, but because books are great - and we want support our community with reading too....adults and children!
With that in mind, this page is here to support the promotion of reading and inform you of things that we have in place to hopefully pique that interest and satisfy the inner bookworm.
Please, have a scroll and click on the links and explore where this page can take you - hopefully as it evolves it will become its own rabbit hole of reading for you to get lost in and inspired by.
We have an amazing library! It really is fantastic. However, like so many school libraries, it holds a large number of somewhat outdated books (Atlases with countries that don't even exist under the same name, computer books that cite the digital age as being a BBC Micro with an old-style hard disk) along with others that have been borrowed so many times that they are falling apart.
We are putting a substantial amount of money (regularly) towards new books to engage the children but school budgets are not what they used to be. If you wish to contribute to the gift of reading at Brookfield Junior School, we have created this Amazon Wishlist.
If you use this, please do put your name on the order notes so that we can credit you for the donation with the date on the inside page - that way we will always remember your contribution.
Please click on the picture of the library to access the wish list.
The Reading Swap Shop
Nestled in the depths of the playground is an outhouse. It never really got used successfully despite varied attempts but we had a vision that it could become a book swap shop. Working tirelessly over the initial lockdown a few members of staff, who were on standby for any absences, set to work to begin the transformation.
As has been the story of its existence so far it has never fully worked because of Covid and restrictions that it has imposed upon us.
Moving forward, we hope to open it up fully for the community after school. It is not just for the children (although there are children’s books) but also for adults. It is not just for members of Brookfield Junior School but for all members of the community and we hope that as it develops it will grow and expand and become a real hub for reading - bringing old books, exchanging them for new(ish) ones and igniting conversations with like-minded individuals around a love of reading.
Maybe a book club will be next...
Book Recommendations - from staff and pupils
We will keep this simple and updated with recommendations of what we consider to be great reads.