Resources and reading promotion by ELS

We have worked with schools for more than 20 years to inspire reading and raise attainment, and have access to more than 140,000 carefully selected books and resources.

Promoting reading for pleasure

ELS staff are highly skilled at working with children and young people of all ages to inspire them to read more widely. Creative and engaging sessions are designed with the school’s needs at the heart. They can be short, or extend to half day or whole day experiences for small groups to whole schools. Sessions can be themed to reflect special topics or a wide variety of books will be shared to engage children with new titles, discuss different genres and methods of choosing books. A selection of books can be left with the school for a term. There is also an opportunity to combine your children’s mobile visit with a reading for pleasure session.  Find out more on the Children’s Mobile page.

“I’ve never seen so many children so excited and inspired to read!”

Get in touch with the team to discuss your requirements.

Author visits

We are able to recommend a number of authors and illustrators suitable for all Key Stages to inspire children and young people to read and write creatively.

Contact the ELS team for more details.

Free KS2 reading for pleasure discussion groups for staff

Free to customers, our discussion group meets in the Norwich area towards the end of each term. We select six books which we lend group members to share with your class or reading group through the term.

At our informal twilight meetings you will enjoy biscuits and tea, and a lively discussion about how you and your students got on with the books. Reviews and comments from children are used on our blogs and website.

This is an ideal way to:          

  • Expand your own knowledge of children’s books
  • Promote reading for pleasure
  • Give children strategies and knowledge to choose books outside the mainstream of Dahl and Wimpy Kid
  • Supply a book group with fantastic books
  • Meet other local school staff
  • Find out what’s going on in the world of children’s books and publishing

Get in touch with the ELS team to find out when and where the next meeting is.

Independent learning and information literacy

Staff are experienced at leading sessions in school for all Key Stages to develop information fluency and all of the skills needed for effective independent learning.

 “Thank you! The children genuinely learned loads and are much more enthusiastic about using the library now - instead of relying upon the Internet!”

Get in touch with the team to discuss your requirements.

Resources available

Our collections to support teaching and learning are delivered to your setting and returned to the ELS base by the education courier once a month.

Artefact boxes contain a collection of items, (some are historical objects and some are reproductions).  The collections are enhanced and are adapted to the level you require by the addition of appropriate books. Subjects include world religions, history, other cultures, arts, as well as more general subjects.  Cost is one ELS token and artefact boxes are loaned for a term.

Catch Up collections are an ideal way of enriching your school based Catch Up reading recovery programme resources.  As well as up-to-date reading scheme materials, our Catch Up titles include lots of exciting picture books and easy non-fiction books.  Each collection consists of 24 different books at the levels of your choice.  We hold levels 3-12 and ask that you request a collection of at least two different levels.

Collections are loaned for a term, or a subscription is available allowing you to change collections as many times as you need to in the year (to fit in with the education courier deliveries a maximum of 12 times).

An individual Catch Up collection costs one ELS token for one term.  A subscription costs two ELS tokens.  This offers exceptional value as the cost of the books that could be borrowed by a school in a year is approximately £2,300.

Chatterbooks reading groups involve children exploring a fun theme with lots of different books related to the theme and fun activities to further engage the children – it’s not a traditional reading group.

There is evidence that this themed reading group model makes a real difference.  Data was analysed from 114 schools that ran Chatterbooks between September 2015 and April 2016, including nine Norfolk schools, with responses from 1,430 children aged 8 to 11.

The boxes include 24 books based on the suggestions in the themed activity pack which will be provided (or the school’s own requested theme).  The activity pack will include lots of creative ideas and resources that can be used to make sessions fun and engaging.

We can also supply a Chatterbooks school starter pack for one additional ELS token, which includes bags/wristbands/bookmarks/pen/diary - enough for 10 children, but the merchandise is not essential to running a group.

We support schools establishing Chatterbooks reading groups with a subscription costing four ELS tokens for six Chatterbooks Collections (one per half term).  The subscription can start at any time of year.

Twenty four picture books to support all Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning.  Collections include stories to develop personal, social and emotional development, traditional rhymes and tales, classic picture books and some non-fiction.  Alternatively an Early Years Collection can include a Story Sack instead of 12 of the books, or just two Story Sacks.

Collections are loaned for a term, or a subscription for a book based Early Years collection is available allowing you to change collections as many times as you need to in the year (to fit in with the education courier deliveries a maximum of 12 times).

An individual Early Years collection costs one ELS token for one term.  A subscription costs two ELS tokens.  This offers exceptional value as the cost of the books that could be borrowed by a school in a year is approximately £2,300.

Guided Reading collections are for Key Stage 1 and 2 and less able Key Stage 3 students.  They supplement and add variety to your own school resources.  A Guided Reading collection consists of six copies of five different books – 30 books in total with any mix of levels or years.  The collections include recently published and well-known fiction and exciting non-fiction.  All boxes are ‘bespoke’, they can be fiction only or include non-fiction.  We can also supply single band Key Stage 1 collections.

Our Guided Reading sets are banded according the Institute of Education banding levels and are available from Band 0 to Band 10 and Y3 to Y6.

Guided Reading collections are available as individual collections and are also available as a subscription, allowing you to change collections as many times as you need to in the year (to fit in with the education courier deliveries a maximum of 12 times).

An individual Guided Reading collection costs one ELS token for one term.  A subscription costs two ELS tokens.  This offers exceptional value as the cost of the books that could be borrowed by a school in a year is approximately £2,880.

Fiction and non-fiction titles selected to support reluctant or low reading ability pupils, as well as students who are dyslexic are available for KS2 and KS3.

Cost is one ELS token and collections are loaned for a term.

We have resources to support many lower KS3 curriculum topics, as well as a fantastic range of Reading for Pleasure material to boost your library resources or use in your classroom for a special project.  Get in touch with the ELS team to discuss.

Collections are loaned for a term and cost one ELS token.  By negotiation long loans of reading for pleasure material can be arranged, for example yearly loans.

A bespoke collection includes at least 24 items, chosen to meet your specification and the needs of your pupils.  Multiple themes can be included in each selection to suit your requirements (mainly books but also DVDs, poster packs, photo packs where appropriate can be included).  Cost is one ELS token and project collections are loaned for a term.

A bespoke collection, chosen to give the widest possible appeal will include at least 24 books chosen to engage all, even the most reluctant reader or the most gifted student.  Cost is one ELS token and collections are loaned for a term.

Story Boxes encouraging reluctant readers and writers.  Just one token will get you a themed box for the term.  Based on broad themes from legends and traditional tales, we include books, but principally the boxes contain objects: soft toys, puppets, wands, hats and so on to inspire and motivate children to create their own stories.  There are additional aids in the form of plot and character suggestions, and there is a guide for teachers.

The different topics include Magic and Mystery, Around the World, Sea and Shore, Spooky Stories and Animal Fun.

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