School Resources base by base: English

This SRC Map 2018 Englishseries of posts will take an in-depth look at the School Resources Centre. The SRC is arranged into 8 bases, each of which is dedicated to a particular area of the curriculum.  By far the largest is our English base which encompasses not only resources for teaching English in the classroom but also a fantastic array of fiction for children.

If you enter the School Resources area through the glass door and turn to your right you will discover this base. Anything with a yellow dot in the left hand corner belongs here.
The fiction collection starts nearest the glass doors into the SRC, and ranges from young fiction (YF), to children’s fiction (CF) and teen fiction (TF). There are myths and legends (ML) and folk and fairy tales (FT) too.  YF and CF are arranged alphabetically by author’s surname so if, for example, you wanted to peruse the work of Julia Donaldson you could just head to YF/ DON or for Roald Dahl check out CF/ DAH.  In ML, resources are grouped based on the country of origin and in FT you will find stories ordered alphabetically by title. As you reach the lift, turn left and you will find all you need for teaching English skills; from spelling to poetry, sign language to Shakespeare.

You can browse the shelves or find individual titles by checking the catalogue. It isn’t just books. We have all sorts of resources to enliven your lessons; from flash cards and games for phonics, to multi-part story sacks based on children’s picture books to help stimulate their creative imagination and love of stories.  There are teaching resources to give you inspiration in lesson planning and our own bespoke range of booklists to encourage you to explore different types of books with your class.  You can find these lists by the catalogues in School Resources, or download them from your Canvas Library site. Just scroll down to the School Resources section to see the full listing.(

Don’t forget to also take a look at Carousel, a children’s fiction review magazine. If this interests you then you will also want to take a look at Books For Keeps, a free online journal dedicated to children’s literature. ( Resources to support Modern Foreign languages; French, German and Spanish are also located within the English base.  These are popular and we have a vast range of dual language picture books in many other languages as diverse as Hindi, Polish, Somali, Vietnamese, Japanese, Arabic and much more.

Our reference reading scheme section with examples of current and archive series completes this School Resources Base.

So, don’t be afraid of the big bad wolf, come and explore!