Canterbury Public School

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The library supports the educational program providing access to a range of instructional and recreational materials.

The Canterbury Public School Library program runs 5 days a week. The program is team-taught with class teachers for Kindergarten to Year 4. Years 5 and 6 (or Stage 3) also come to the library for research, whilst their teacher's have their planning time.

Mrs Lisa Haller, the Teacher Librarian, plans for and teaches all classes for Kindergarten to Year 6 collaboratively with class and support teachers to ensure learning that occurs in the school library is related to lessons being taught back in classrooms and have an authentic purpose. Library lessons focus on the information skill process and the skills needed for students to become lifelong learners.

The library is open every day during the second half of lunch from 11:50am to 12:15pm. Students have access to the library, computer lab and Aboriginal resource room and can can read, relax, borrow and research in these spaces.

Take home reading

Your child will regularly bring home a 'home reader' for oral reading practice. We expect that parents will be able to spare the time to read this with their child. When a book is finished please sign and date the 'record of home readers' card and return to school with the reader. Always keep the card and reader together in the home reading/library bag available from the uniform shop.

Students attend library weekly. They borrow books and need a home reader bag for this purpose, with the name and class written on it. This can be purchased from the school office. Students can also attend the library during lunch time to do quiet reading or borrow books.

Online resources

The library program incorporates information skills and literacy with the curriculum focus being taught in class. Students are taught skills to assist them define tasks, locate resources, select appropriate resources, organise information and understanding, present their learning and then evaluate it.

Students access print and online resources. Students use a variety of technologies when learning in the library, such as the Department of Education student portal (login required), the internet, online library catalogue, interactive whiteboards as well as online learning objects and activities.

Our school also uses Sqworl, a bookmarking site designed for educators. Our Librarian Lisa Haller has created link collections around the following topics: