Inspire & Achieve Together


Hanmore Road, CHINEHAM,

Hampshire, RG24 8PQ

08:40 - 15:30

Monday to Friday


Hanmore Road,

CHINEHAM, Hampshire. RG24 8PQ

08:40 - 15:30

Monday to Friday



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 currently have 9 pupil librarians, one from each class (Year 4 upwards) as well as 2 additional Year 6 helpers. 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.


By Angela Kent

Review: Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked

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


We currently have two weekly book clubs:

TUESDAY 12.30pm – 1pm for Years 3 & 4

THURSDAY 12.30pm – 1pm for Years 5 & 6

The book we are reading (this half term) is a WBD 2018 book called The Baby Brother from Outer Space by Pamela Butchart.

During these sessions, we read a chapter or two of the book and then complete an activity based on the story. So far we have drawn our own alien babies and played two alien creation games.

This week we will be completing an Alien word search or drawing a picture of the planet the baby may be from.


Pupil Librarians
We currently have a pupil librarian from each class from Year 4 upwards, as well as 2 additional Year 6 helpers.
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 the librarians say 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.