Learning Resource Centre and Library
About The Learning Resource Centre: The Learning Resource Centre, which includes the Wyedean Library, inspires Wyedean students to engage in independent study and develops their enjoyment of reading for pleasure through the provision of ample space, carefully selected resources and professional assistance. Close relations with subject departments enhance learning and support the wider curriculum.
Learning Resource Centre / Library
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday
The Learning Resource Centre inspires Wyedean students to engage in independent study and develops their enjoyment of reading for pleasure through the provision of ample space, carefully selected resources and professional assistance. Close relations with subject departments enhance learning and support the wider curriculum.
The LRC is used during lessons by sixth formers for as an independent study space, while teachers bring their classes to carry out group work and research. The LRC also welcomes students before and after school – and during break and lunchtimes - to study or relax.
In the LRC students can access:
- 48 study spaces.
- 20 PCs
- A library of 6800 fiction and non-fiction books.
- 100 DVDs.
- Subscriptions to a wide range of journals, magazines and newspapers.
- Up-to-date electronic current affairs resources.
- A selection of board games.
Years 12 and 13 are encouraged to make use of the excellent range of material on higher education and careers.
The LRC is constantly evolving as a learning space to promote reading for pleasure, support the curriculum and develop whole school literacy. The library contains a newly designed “cyber hub” with state of the art computers to equip students with ICT skills for the future. The librarian’s role also encompasses the teaching of information literacy and research skills to ensure that students are fully equipped to find accurate and quality information, and to prepare sixth form students for university level research.
The library promotes reading and literacy via:
- Events and promotions throughout the school year to raise awareness of the importance of reading such as World Book Day and trips to the Hay on Wye literary festival
- Active promotion of national competitions such as the BBC 500 words competition
- The Accelerated Reader programme to motivate and develop reading skills for year 7 and 8
- Book Clubs including the annual Carnegie Shadowing book club, inspiring and challenging students each year
- A film club which regularly screens book and curriculum-linked movies
Wye Keep It to your Shelf? – Wyedean’s brand new book blog for 2019!
Happy New Year everyone! We bring in the New Year with the exciting launch of our new library blog which you can visit at: http://wyekeepittoyourshelf.edublogs.org/
Here at Wyedean there is a daily constant stream of book chatter going on – in the library, on the corridors, within English classes and all around the school we are verbally sharing what we have been reading with our classmates and colleagues. Now we have one central platform where we can communicate more easily and join in the book conversation with the whole school and beyond. We welcome blog posts from students, staff and also, very importantly, from the parent reading community at Wyedean. We would love to hear what you parents are reading, your thoughts and reflections on reading and possibly the challenges you face in encouraging reading with your children in a screen-driven world.
On this blog you will also find many useful book resources and links in the top menu and sidebar links. Sixth Form can check out all the latest Review Journals in the Reading Around the Subject page, and various other very useful resources like referencing guides, resources available at the UWE Bristol, and the Directory of Open Access Journals to help you with your EPQ research and to prepare you for research at University level.
Please send all your book reviews and blog posts to: Libraryblog@wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk
Thank you and happy book blogging in 2019!
Sixth Form Learning Resource Centre
Year 12 and 13 are encouraged to make use of the wide range of materials and resources in the LRC to assist them in their independent learning. These include:
- A comprehensive range of journals including issues of the excellent "Review" journals for all subjects at AS and A level. These journals provide excellent background reading and are supplemented by additional on-line resources and exam tips.
- A wide range of materials containing information on higher education and careers including the Times University Guide and the "Getting Into.." series providing advice on access to a range of jobs and careers.
- A fully qualified librarian who is available to provide assistance with EPQ research and to guide students to appropriate library resource.
Wyedean school currently subscribes to The Day daily curriculum-based news resource. The log in details are:
The Day’s promise is:
TO MAKE THE WORLD OUR CLASSROOM linking daily current affairs to subjects and topics from the curriculum
TO REPORT THE TRUTH WITH BALANCE AND REASON identifying fake news and nurturing the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction
TO MAKE THE NEWS ACCESSIBLE AND RELEVANT FOR ALL knowledge of the contemporary world should be offered to all, regardless of background
TO INSPIRE CURIOSITY AND ARGUMENT “behind every news story there lies a great landscape of thought, philosophy and ideas”
TO PLANT THE SEEDS OF GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP by connecting to the world via global news stories
The Day articles provide an enriching background to all curriculum subjects, containing an archive of over 5000 articles providing valuable unbiased material for homework or research. As well as the daily news articles, The Day gives us The Week’s Agenda, highlighting weekly themes throughout the year. There are quick interactive activities such as “You Decide” and “Choose the News” and also materials for visual learners such as Video of the Day. There is also a Weekly quiz and caption competition.
The Day includes an in-depth weekly briefing, including a Q and A infographic, and the Connections section helps boost students’ understanding of core English Literature texts at GCSE and A level. There are also special reports in response to major news stories like terror attacks, elections or significant anniversaries. You can also access translations of news articles into a number of modern foreign languages such as Spanish, French and Polish.
In short, The Day keeps students informed and engaged about the issues that shape their lives on a daily basis.