The Learning Centre is central to the school and learning. Students from Y6 to Y9 have a dedicated lesson each week in the Learning Centre. During this time their reading progress is monitored, they are able to change books as well as read and complete Accelerated Reading Quizzes. The lessons are also used to develop research skills. The LC is open every morning for Year 6 students to “drop-in” to change books or to complete an AR quiz.
Throughout the year students take an online reading test which helps us to ensure that they are reading books which are at an appropriate level. Difficult enough to be a challenge and not too difficult so that the student is discouraged or unable to properly comprehend the book. Hence all the books are colour-marked to easily find the book at their level. Our students also take online quizzes upon finishing a book so they no longer need “reading diary.” Students are challenged to read 1,000,000 words and are rewarded when they do so.
The Learning Centre is also open most lunchtimes on a sign-up basis for both Y6 and Secondary student and is invariably well attended.
Prague 1 has a collaborative cross-curricular theme each month and the Learning Centre actively participates in each of these. The themes often involve visits, speakers or special projects. Examples of cross-curricular themes include: Sustainability, Shakespeare, The Festival of Mathematics and Celebrating 100 years of Czechoslovakia. During this theme, the LC was turned into a museum of Czechoslovakian artefacts.
Book Fairs at Park Lane
Last year the LC hosted three book Fairs, two for English books and one for Czech books. Usborne books bring a wide array of reading materials which are always very popular with the students. The Czech Book Fair also proved hugely popular and this is something we hope to continue.