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Hanmore Road,

CHINEHAM, Hampshire. RG24 8PQ

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WELCOME TO OUR LIBRARY PAGE

At Four Lanes Junior School we recognise the importance of reading (especially reading for pleasure). With this in mind, we are proud to have a well-stocked and maintained library – with over 4,000 books for our children to use and enjoy. In addition to this, we are able to borrow 900 books from Hampshire School Library Service which helps to keep our library as up to date as possible.

To assist in the running of the library, we appoint pupil librarians from year 4 upwards. The librarians are trained to assist, not only the librarian but also their peers in the choosing and borrowing of books.

Within the library our display boards are updated to inspire the children to read. We have an ‘Author of the Month’ display. This board includes information about the author as well as some of the books they have written. This year the pupil librarians have assisted in the nominating and choosing of these authors. We also have a ‘Library News’ board, not only to give information about what happens in the library but give ideas for suggested reading with a ‘Book of the Week’ – this is one book from any section of the library, so over the weeks should cover many interests and abilities.

Over lunchtime, we currently run 2 library clubs: Tuesday for lower school and Thursday for upper school. These sessions can be attended by anyone who would like 30 minutes of book related fun.

NEWS

Our children are fantastic at writing book reviews, these are shared with author/publishers and often help us to obtain free books we can add to our library.

Check out some of our reviews on the library blog:

https://fljslibrary.blogspot.com/

https://toppsta.com/reviewer/profile/fljs

See our lastest review on the TES website:

The class book review: The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet

Our reviewers loved Martin Howard’s wacky and wonderful adventure book and would recommend it to all readers – even adults

The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet, Book Review

Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet

Author: Martin Howard

Illustrator: Chris Mould

Publisher: OUP Oxford

Details: £6.99, 336pp, paperback

ISBN: 978-0192767509

Alfie wants to treat his overworked mother to the latest luxury foot spa – The Sole Sensation 6000. The only problem is that it costs £149.99, which Alfie doesn’t have. He plays the stock market at his local library, but still finds himself £49.99 short. Imagine his delight when he finds a job paying exactly £49.99 for one day’s work! And so the adventure begins…

Travelling through the stone circles with the cosmic atlas in hand, Professor Pewsley Bowell-Mouvement takes Alfie on a hilarious, crazy out of this world trip through the Brains-in-Jars world and on to Outlandish. When Alfie accidentally destroys the stone circle on Outlandish, their journey home becomes one huge adventure. Even though they are threatened with being sacrificed by the children of Skingrath, hunted by an elven prince and tasked with fighting the dragon, Alfie’s quick thinking manages to keep them out of danger.

Martin Howard’s completely bonkers fantasy world, with its endearing characters, is bound to delight KS2 readers who love funny or fantasy books. Despite the humorous nature of this book, I was completely drawn into Alfie’s emotional journey, empathising with his desire to return home to is mother and willing him to succeed. The layout of the book is well thought out to include plenty of illustrations as well as the notes Alfie makes during his travels – which I think will really appeal to children.

Angela Kent is the Librarian at Four Lanes Junior School

Pupil reviews: ‘This book is bonkers’

The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet is a hilarious book. Alfie explores Outlandish with Professor Pewsley Bowell-Mouvement and meets more characters with funny names such as Sir Brenda (the knight) and Gerald Teethcrusher. I would also have liked to have seen more jokes like the classified ads, as they were fantastically funny. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a sense of humour. This book is perfect for adults and children aged 7+.

Edward, aged 9

This is a book about finding your way home. It proves that in tough situations, you can do it. Be warned: this book is bonkers and is not at all sensible – it is loaded with humour and funny action scenes. I would recommend this book to anyone 7+ who loves crazy adventures, as it is not too difficult to read but would even be enjoyable for adults.

Samuel, aged 11

This book is full of action and adventure. Alfie meets the super crazy professor and travels to another world (Outlandish) where he gets stuck and tries to escape. He makes loads of unusual friends, writes reports about Outlandish and tries to steal gold from the dragon’s lair. My favourite part was when they were in the dragon’s lair, as it was action packed and they had to defeat the dragon. A must-read book for children aged 8-14.

Edward, aged 10

The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet is completely weird and wacky but really funny. The story is about a boy and his mum who are very poor. Alfie wants to get his mum a Sole Sensation 6000, so he gets a job and meets the professor. Together, they go through a portal to Outlandish and when the stone circle is broken they have to go on a quest to find another circle. On the way they meet an elf, a knight and a child of the god Skingrath. My favourite part was when they had to defeat the dragon and Alfie makes the dragon explode using his translation gramophone. There were blood and guts everywhere – it was “disgustang”! I would recommend this book to children 10+ and anyone else who likes the wacky and weird.

Ashton, aged 11

This book made me laugh throughout, with the strange names such as Professor Pewsley Bowell-Mouvement as well as the weird situations like a translation device blowing up in a dragon’s mouth.

Alfie meets Professor Pewsley Bowell-Mouvement and travels to a different universe. Using a stone circle, they go through Brains in Jars world and end in a place called Outlandish, where he meets a girl called…Derek. The original circle gets broken so they must find a different circle. Luckily they find a map that suggests there is a stone circle in the dragon’s cave and meet ‘Sir’ Brenda who loves a quest.

Silly is the definition of this book, so I would recommend this story to anyone who likes silly things.

Aiden, aged 11

The class book review: Vote for Effie

This tale of determination, friendship and standing up for what you believe in taught pupils the importance of self-belief

The class book review: Vote for Effie by Laura Wood

This tale of determination, friendship and standing up for what you believe in taught pupils the importance of self-belief

Vote for Effie

Author: Laura Wood

Publisher: Scholastic

Details: 240pp, £6.99

ISBN: 9781407187723

Inspired by the Women’s March of 2017, Vote for Effie is an empowering and heart-warming story of friendship, self-belief and standing up for what you believe in. Effie Kostas is the new girl in school. Friendless and lonely, the only joy she finds in her school day is the cake in the school canteen. One morning, Effie arrives at the canteen just in time to purchase the last piece of chocolate cake, that is until the Junior Student Council president Aaron Davis jumps the queue and steals it! It’s this injustice and her instant loathing of Aaron that instigates Effie’s desire to run for Student Council president herself.

The book follows her campaign, the friendships and support she gains along the way as well as the changes she sees in herself and others, including, of course, her rival Aaron, who turns out not to be the monster Effie first imagines. Effie begins her campaign from a broom cupboard, with her self-appointed campaign manager Angelika, her new and only friend.

They are soon joined by an unlikely group of unique supporters and together they make their mark on the school, starting with the introduction of a girl’s football team. After being overheard arguing by their teacher, Effie and Aaron are tasked with working together in order to organise the annual Winter Ball. Their developing friendship and reciprocal admiration highlight that first impressions are not always correct.

While the feisty and opinionated young Effie doesn’t always get things right, her endearing, caring nature and her aspiration to help others will warm you to this character, and have you voting for Effie too.

The humorous content and layout of this text will increase its appeal to the majority of upper key stage 2. This inspirational book shows young girls that they can be brave, strong and (with self-belief) they can make a difference.

Angela Kent is the Librarian at Four Lanes Junior School

Pupil reviews: ‘It teaches you that anything is possible’

I loved the bravery of the characters and the story was quite realistic. I found some of the characters quite aggressive and mean. My favourite part was when Effie found a friend to support and guide her. I enjoyed the style of the book because it has pictures and news articles from the school newspaper. I would recommend it for girls aged 10+ and would rate it 9.5/10.

Elizabeth, aged 10

This is a book for ages 10+, with lots of votes and arguments. Effie has resilience, creativity and fury. I loved this book, as it made me feel like I was in the story helping Effie. I thought this book was brilliant at using feelings to describe what was taking place and it contained intriguing descriptions which helped to create the images in my head.

Eliana, aged 11

This book reminded me that no matter what anyone says to me, I should be brave enough to do anything I want. It’s really good because it inspires people that everyday things (such as chocolate cake) can turn into something big. As well as being a book to remind kids to be themselves, it also brings a factor of humour to make sure people don’t get bored.

Lillia, aged 10

This book reminded me that one everyday thing can make a huge difference in life. The story taught me to be myself and not to change for anyone. I found it funny when Effie met Iris, her new neighbour, for the first time and she thought that Iris was an axe murderer. I would highly recommend this book to ages 9+ because it brings the message that anything is possible.

Erin, aged 11

I really liked the parrot, who was a bit rude and was talking while Effie sat having a drink with her new neighbour Iris. I also liked it when Effie had her chocolate cake stolen by the evil Aaron. The story shows that you shouldn’t be scared, even if you are new and you don’t know how to express your feelings.

Mary, aged 10

Mary kindly volunteered to read and review Pages & Co for TOPPSTA:

     

Alex was suggested by his teacher to be the first person to read The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo, a 40th anniversary retelling of the original Raymond Briggs tale. This book is due to be published November 2018:

Check out our newest Class Book Review which was published in the TES and available with The Times newspaper on 21 September 2018:

A Darkness of Dragons

Author: S A Patrick

Publisher: Usborne

Details: 416 pages, £6.99, paperback

ISBN: 9781474945677

A Darkness of Dragons is a captivating introduction to the new Songs of Magic series. If future books in the series are as compelling as the first, this could turn out to be a fantastically popular new series. This is a tale of three unlikely heroes, who take on the most infamous villain pipers have ever known: The Pied Piper of Hamelyn. SA Patrick has adapted the traditional fairy tale to create a fearsome character and then filled the plot with action, suspense and magic from start to finish.

SA Patrick’s young heroes are well developed and likeable characters, so you will definitely find yourself invested in how they overcome their individual predicaments. The main protagonist is Patch Brightwater – a disgraced, but promising, young piper on the run after escaping his 500-year prison sentence for playing the illegal ‘dance’ spell. During his travels, he befriends Wren (a girl cursed by a sorcerer to live as a rat) and Barver (an injured young dracogriff – half dragon/half griffin).

A bond develops between these three and they set off on a quest to reverse Wren’s curse, fulfil Barver’s mothers dying wish and help Patch avoid incarceration. With a Man in the Iron Mask-style twist to the tale, they inadvertently become the only three able to face, and ultimately stop, the Hamelyn piper’s evil plan to create a piper army. With so many unanswered questions and the piper of Hamelyn still on the loose, my only disappointment is having to wait for the second novel to be published.

All of the upper key stage 2 pupils who have read this book with me have thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it to readers Year 6 and above but it would also make a fantastic class reader with upper KS2.

Angela Kent is a school librarian at Four Lanes Community Junior School in Chineham, Hampshire

Pupil reviews

‘A twist to the tale’

A book for children 11+. The magicians, a rat, a dracogriff and pipers create an exciting adventure. The rat (Wren) was actually a girl who had been enchanted by a mean Sorcerer (Underath). The way the author used the same words at the end that were at the beginning created an effective cliffhanger. Enthralled, I read with anticipation to the end. I don’t like the fact I have to wait for the next book, as I wanted to read more. I enjoyed the fact that SA Patrick has taken characters from a traditional tale. There is a twist to the tale though, as we discovered the Hamelyn piper had a brother. While most of the story I couldn’t wait to read, I didn’t like the fact that it was quite scary in places. I would recommend this book to Year 6 and above.

Eliana, aged 10

‘An adventure filled with surprises’

I really enjoyed reading this book. With lots of suspense, you can’t put it down from the start. The book is an adventure filled with surprises, loyalty and three very accidental heroes. Patch (a disgraced piper), Wren (a girl cursed to live as a rat) and Barver (a dracogriff) know a secret that could mean the end of their world and it’s up to them to save everybody. It is captivating and it is the perfect book for people that love adventure books. It makes you feel like you are there with the characters. I particularly like the character Wren because she is a risk-taker and a loyal friend. I would rate this book 10/10 and I would recommend it particularly to children aged 11+.

Isla, aged 10

‘A rollercoaster of emotions’

The story follows on from the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelyn and the capture and imprisonment of him in the dungeons of Tiviscan castle. The three main characters – Patch, Wren and Barver – are brought together by different events in the story and become great friends. The friends discover that there is evil on the loose and together use their different strengths to protect themselves and other people from the malice created. I liked how engaging the writer made the story by adding suspense and detail in their writing. The book made me feel a rollercoaster of emotions – sad, happy, scared and excited. These emotions helped me to predict what was going to happen further in the story. My favourite part of the story, which I felt was portrayed well by the author, was when Patch was locked in the dungeon at Tiviscan. I really got a sense of the fear he felt and the challenges he had to deal with. I would recommend this book to children aged 10-15 years as the magical aspects of the story would prove more understandable to them.

Lucy, aged 10

‘A complex storyline’

This book was very enjoyable and I would happily read it again and again. I liked the fact that the author used a familiar story as the basis for a new one. The complex storyline is easy to follow: it tells of a young boy called Patch who played a forbidden song 102 times, so was imprisoned for 510 years. Wren, a girl cursed to live as a rat, meets Patch on his way to prison. The prison is attacked and the Hamelyn Piper speaks his last words: Aye…I am…I am not the Hamelyn Piper.” After escaping prison, Patch and Wren meet Barver (a dracogriff) and together they attempt to stop the real piper of Hamelyn. I can’t wait for the whole series to be published. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone 10 years and older.

Samuel, aged 10

‘Sometimes creepy, sometimes magic’

Sometimes creepy, sometimes magic and with reference to the folk tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelyn, this was an enjoyable story. This is a great book for age 10+, especially those who enjoy lots and lots of mystery. It has a wide variety of characters with wizards, sorcerers, dragons, a dracogriff (a mix of dragon and griffin), pipers and rats. I liked the suspense in this book and the fact you have to refer back to what you have previously read – like when the iron mask is found and they realise whose it is. Can Patch Brightwater, Barver Knopferkerkle and Wren Cobble stop the real piper of Hamelyn? Will they be victorious, or will they need to hop in the second book to finish it once and for all?

Aiden, aged 10

Check out our Class Book Review in TES:

By Angela Kent

Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked

Author: Adrian Edmondson

Illustrations: Danny Noble

Publisher: Puffin

Details: 256pp, £5.99, paperback

ISBN: 9780141372495

Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked is the second book from comedian Adrian Edmondson. I was expecting an abundance of humour – but what I got was so much more. Surprisingly, Junkyard Jack was an emotional rollercoaster of a book. In among the humour of Uncle Ted’s flatulence problems (complete with comical wind instrument references), and a moody and very opinionated Shetland pony named Boadicea, Edmondson deals with sensitive issues such as dyslexia, loss, incarceration and estranged parents.

When Jack Sampson’s mum is imprisoned (much like The A-Team, for a crime she did not commit), Jack is sent to live with Aunt Violet, flatulent Uncle Ted and vile cousin Kelly. Struggling at school and at home, Jack finds solace in helping Mr Mudge with his junkyard and two horses (Lightning and Boadicea). When poor Mr Mudge is involved in an accident, Jack inadvertently runs away – as he is determined to rescue Boadicea from the junkyard – and this is where his adventure begins.

During their escape attempt, Boadicea breaks her animal oath and speaks. A firm friendship develops and the two unlikely friends meet Jack’s dad and granddad, Jack takes part in the Grand National and – after taking a vow to keep the animals’ secret – he sets out to prove his mother’s innocence, with the assistance of an army of talking woodland animals.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as did all the children who read it with me. I would recommend this book for all key stage 2, although some of the humour was missed by our lower key stage 2 pupils, who enjoyed it regardless. It would also be great for a class-read or book club. It has an equal measure of humour and serious issues, and the illustration complements the story perfectly.

Angela Kent is library assistant at Four Lanes Community Junior School in Chineham, Hampshire

 

Pupil reviews

‘A great book with sad parts’

I recommend this book to older children as there is some complicated language and sad parts. It is all about the talking animals that help Jack, who has run away from home (well, from his drippy Aunt Violet, farting Uncle Ted and horrible cousin Kelly). There is a funny talking horse called Boadicea, who Jack is especially fond of. This is a great book.

Sofia, Year 4

‘I’d recommend this to everyone’

I liked this book because Jack acted really heroic and brave. It’s a great book for imaginative children and people who love horses. I liked the ending because he got to buy a farm and keep the talking horse. I didn’t like it when Mr Mudge died or that Jack’s mum was in prison. I would recommend this book to everyone.

Elena, Year 4

‘Funny with a scoop of giggles on top’

This book is funny with a scoop of giggles on top. It is also exciting, with a couple of sad moments. I would recommend it for children aged 7-12. My favourite character was Mr Mudge, who was funny and kind. Jack Sampson is the main character; he is cheeky and daring but has had an upsetting life. So I was really pleased that he found his happy ending.

Olivia, Year 4

‘This book is perfect entertainment’

It’s a whole other world! I think lots of children would like this story, with its talking animals and fun characters. This book is perfect entertainment, especially with the funny illustrations. You will not want to put this down once you start it – I didn’t!

Edward, Year 3

‘Brilliant Boadicea keeps a big secret’

I really enjoyed this book. It was hilarious. There is a smelly uncle who doesn’t care about Jack, and Jack’s poor mother is locked up. Jack’s friend Mr Mudge is an old man with two horses (Lightning and, best of all, the brilliant Boadicea). She kept a big secret from Jack – she could talk! Unfortunately there are some sad moments but that is what makes this story so fantastic.

Beth, Year 4

‘One very moody horse – and a happy ending’

This fun-packed adventure is very funny and enjoyable for ages 7-10 years. My favourite character was Boadicea because she can talk and is very moody. It does contain some sad moments but it does have a happy ending. I would give it 5/5 stars.

Amelia, Year 4

‘Jack’s on a mission with his animal friends’

A small boy called Jack runs away from his Aunt Violet and stinky Uncle Ted and meets a talking horse. His mission is to prove his mum’s (who is in prison for a crime she claims she did not commit) innocence, with the help of his friends from the animal kingdom. I really liked it when the animals told Jack that they let humans think that they are in control.

Samuel, Year 5

World Book Day 2019

Thank you to everybody who entered our bookworm competitions, the entries were amazing and made it extremely difficult to choose winners.

Below are the winning 10 Little Bookworm story entries:

These will be our bookmark designs for next year (which I’m sure you will agree are fantastic!):

BOOK CLUBS

We currently have two weekly book clubs:

TUESDAY 12.30pm-1pm (Years 3 & 4)

THURSDAY 12.30pm-1pm (Years 5 & 6)

All children are welcome at book club.

PUPIL LIBRARIANS

Pupil Librarians

Congratulations to our 2018/2019 pupil librarians:

Year 6 – Samuel, Eleanor, Elizabeth and Tahlia

Year 5 – StaceyJay, Olivia, Lydia and Carly

Year 4 – Samuel, Lily, Mary, Olivia, Toby, Maisie and Emily

Thank you to everybody who took the time to apply. The volume and quality of applications made it very difficult for us to choose our librarians.

These pupil librarians are an asset to the library, not only do they assist in the organisation of the library but their enthusiasm and effort to promote reading is essential for creating a reading culture in school.
Here is what our 2017/2018 librarians said about their role:
Beth, Sofia and Charlotte (Year4) – We are passionate about our jobs because we love books. We enjoy our job as we get to tidy and repair books – so everyone gets to read them. We love the library as it is relaxing and the best place to read.
“I wish library duty was every day because I love helping Mrs Kent.”
Samuel and Ben (Year 5) – We love our jobs because we are devoted to books and enjoy every minute of it. We keep our library tidy and if books are broken we try our best to repair them. We want to make the library a happy place for everyone to enjoy.
Ella and Ellie (Year 6) – We work in the library because we love the library and we love books. It is one of our favourite jobs in the school as we give suggestions to Mrs Kent to promote the library. We have helped with ‘Author of the Month’ and World Book Day competitions, to get the school involved and encourage our peers.
Niyati and Aishwarya (Year 6) – We want to help people get the right book. We want to make the library a better place to be. We help create competitions and activities to make sure the library is fun! We just love our jobs.
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    Testimonials

    Outcomes for pupils – Good

    "Assessment in school is accurate and carefully carried out...assessment information and pupils' workbooks show that current pupils are making secure progress from the point at which they enter key stage 2."

    Ofsted, November 2018

    2018-12-05T11:33:55+00:00

    Ofsted, November 2018

    “Assessment in school is accurate and carefully carried out…assessment information and pupils’ workbooks show that current pupils are making secure progress from the point at which they enter key stage 2.”

    Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare – Outstanding

    "The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. In lessons, pupils are curious and interested and focus well on their learning."

    Ofsted, November 2018

    2018-12-05T11:33:28+00:00

    Ofsted, November 2018

    “The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. In lessons, pupils are curious and interested and focus well on their learning.”

    Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment – Good

    "Pupils read widely and enjoy reading. They are supported by the well-thought-out and well resourced library and by the experience of the employed librarian."

    Ofsted, November 2018

    2018-12-05T11:33:03+00:00

    Ofsted, November 2018

    “Pupils read widely and enjoy reading. They are supported by the well-thought-out and well resourced library and by the experience of the employed librarian.”

    Effectiveness of Leadership and Management – Good

    "Leaders carefully track the participation of all pupils in physical activity and target pupils who lack confidence in order to help them develop their skills."

    Ofsted, November 2018

    2018-12-05T11:32:16+00:00

    Ofsted, November 2018

    “Leaders carefully track the participation of all pupils in physical activity and target pupils who lack confidence in order to help them develop their skills.”

    Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare – Outstanding

    "Attendance is above that seen nationally. The school works closely with pupils and families where attendance is lower and, in many cases, this has had a positive effect."

    Ofsted, November 2018

    2018-12-05T11:31:56+00:00

    Ofsted, November 2018

    “Attendance is above that seen nationally. The school works closely with pupils and families where attendance is lower and, in many cases, this has had a positive effect.”