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  School Library Opening Times  

The school library is up and running after having a re-vamp during the beginning of the school year.


Children can now choose books either during school class visits, at lunchtime or after school.  We are open every night after school from 3.15 until 3.45 (closed Friday) and parents are very welcome to come and have a look around the library and choose books to read with your child at home.


We look forward to a visit from you soon!








Take a look at our outdoor reading den!

Our library opens each evening at 3:15pm! Mrs Ashton will meet you outside and assist you into school. Look out for the library lollipop stick! (The library is closed Friday evenings)


Children can change their books everyday, during lunch or after school. Each class has a slot either Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, where they can come into the library and read for pleasure.

 Wood Street Mission 

On Monday 22nd April, every child in school got to choose FIVE free books to take home and keep! The charity Wood Street Mission, kindly donated the books to our school. They know how much we value books and realise what a difference reading can make to learning.

World Book Day 2024

This half term, reading tokens have been given to children who are good reading role models. These children might ask good questions, get stuck into reading for pleasure, or be a good reading ambassador in their class. The tokens were placed into a raffle and drawn in assembly. Well done to our winners! We hope you enjoy them at home.

We had a special visit from Peter Rabbit in our library too!

We came to school in our pyjamas and brought our favourite bedtime story to share!

Our school received a special shout out on the BBC World Book Day Live Event...

We held a competition to see who could guess the amount of books we have in our library! The total amount is an amazing 9798 books in total! Our winner guessed closest with an impressive 9999! Well Done!

We read and shared our favourite stories with one another...

Every child in each class, received a free book to enjoy reading at home!

We created personalised bookmarks.


Meet our Year 5/6 librarians this term! Look out for their green librarian badge to identify them for help!

Year 5

Year 6

  Reading Buddies  

Meet our Year 3 and Year 5 Reading Buddies! They enjoy reading to other children during lunchtimes! You can identify them by their yellow ‘Reading Buddy’ badge.

Year 3 Reading Buddies

Year 5 Reading Buddies

Our reading buddies enjoy taking responsibility during lunchtime...


This spring half term, KS2 children entered another ‘Once Upon a Dream’ competition. Well done to all our winners! Keep up the great work ⭐️ #youngwriters ⭐️

We currently have two competitions running this half term. The Poetry Bus and Once Upon a Dream. All entries must be in by Monday 12th February 2024. Please hand to Mrs Brown or leave them in the red tray on the library desk. Any competitions handed after this date, will not be entered. This is the cut off date as they need to be sent via post! Good luck everyone!

The Poetry Bus 4-7 Year Olds

Once Upon a Dream-7-12 Year Olds

Before Christmas, children had the opportunity to enter a poetry competition. They were asked to create a short paragraph about a Crazy Creature/Super Pet. All entries were sent off and this week they announced the winners! WINNERS-if you would like your poem to be published, you must return your consent forms! Well done to everyone that took part! If you were not successful this time, please don’t give up! There is currently a new competition you can enter called The Poetry Bus/Once Upon a Time! Entry forms are available in the library. If you would like further information please visit We can’t wait to see your poems published in their very own book!

RECEPTION COMPETITION-YOUNG WRITERS! Me and My Family is a brand new drawing competition for reception pupils, which invites little artists to draw a portrait of a family member, a party, a day out, or a celebration. Children can share a hobby or interest with a family member that could feature in their picture... or maybe their family pet is the 'person' they'd like to draw! Entries that are chosen will be published in the bright, colourful Me and My Family book series.The winning little artist's drawing will become the book's title and front cover, and they will receive a goody bag full of creative supplies! Plus every entrant receives stickers for taking part and there are certificates for those who artwork is included in a book.

YEAR 1 COMPETITION-YOUNG WRITERS! Year 1 pupils are invited to create a superhero or villain, inspired by real-life pets or favourite animals, then write a story about their amazing adventure in up to 250 words. Will your hero be a courageous cat or a brave badger? Perhaps they'll be a villainous viper or sneaky stick insect! What superpowers will your character have? The 5 favourite published writers will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag! Every entrant receives a bookmark and sticker.

YEAR 2-YEAR 6 COMPETITION-YOUNG WRITERS! There's nothing more fascinating than a child's imagination, and with Crazy Creatures pupils can let their imaginations roam free as they design and create their very own monster and then write a mini saga, a story told in up to 100 words. From a cute fluff-ball with a nasty bite to a giant monstrosity who just wants to make friends, the possibilities are endless and pupils can have fun whilst writing. The 10 favourite published writers will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag! Every entrant receives a bookmark and sticker.


Poet Matt Goodfellow visits our school November 2023

NATIONAL POETRY DAY! Thursday 5th October, our school arranged for a local poet, Elayne Ogbeta, to come in and read some of her poetry to the children. Many of Elayne's poems are written in Jamaican patois. Classes thoroughly enjoyed sessions with Elayne throughout the day. During lunchtime, children enjoyed visiting the library to read to Elayne, ask questions or read poems from our new collection to their friends. We had lots of fun and can't wait for Elayne's next visit!s

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Story Time! Our passion for reading continues as NEW story time baskets have been delivered to classrooms! We're so excited to start sharing our new texts and continue to grow our collection. Each basket has a variety of exciting stories to share!

Book Battleships! Sink a ship by reading! Can you sink four in a row?

Get a clue...Read a mystery! Each week, one class will have the chance to choose a mystery story. Read the blurb to select your mystery text!

Big Salford Summer Read 2023: Reading Game

We are very fortunate to have such an amazing library at our school. Each class has their own section and class author. Children, parents and staff can loan two books at a time and enjoy reading for pleasure.

  Parent Visits  


Children and parents enjoy visiting the library after school!

  Class Visits  

Each child also has the opportunity to loan a book during their class visit!

Year 1C chose our first library book to take home today! Our class library visit is every Thursday :)

2R love to read! As a class, we visit the library every Thursday and choose a new story to take home.

Year 5H! We enjoyed visiting the library and choosing books to take home!

Acorn class visit the library!

Year 1C! We loved listening to ‘The Gruffalo’ by our class author, Julia Donaldson.

Year 2R! Our class author is Roald Dahl and we have loved reading ‘The Twits’ in class! We can’t wait for our weekly visits, so we can loan more books to take home.

Year 1P love to read! We enjoyed listening to ‘Zog’ by our class author, Julia Donaldson!

   Let’s celebrate!  

Book reviews are a favourite for some of our children!

Well Done! For wonderful counting in her maths!

Well done! For using science vocabulary in other subjects!

Well done! For always showing a passion in all STEM subjects!

This fantastic piece of art work was created by a boy in Year 3! Instead of completing a book review, he decided to create the setting from his most recent story. Well done for creating something so amazing at home!

This amazing piece was created during the summer holidays! She was inspired by her favourite author, Roald Dahl. Well Done!

Well done for creating something so specific at home! Our year 3 girl based her masterpiece on her favourite story/author!

Our Year 5 librarians took part in ordering new books for our school library.

Our Year 4 librarians helped to organise our new books.

Our Year 5 librarians...

Our year 4 librarians...

  Year 1  

Year 1’s class author is Julia Donaldson. Year 1CL have created a setting based on their favourite story! We have displayed these in our school library.

  Year 2  

Year 2L have created dream catchers from one of their favourite Roald Dahl stories, The BFG! How amazing are they? Take a closer look when you’re next in the library!

  Year 4  

Year 4’s class author is Michael Morpurgo. 4S have created sketches from a popular story, War Horse. Come and take a look!