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.

The Norfolk Reading Trail

Bring excitement and interest into the learning of independent reading with a loosely structured and attractive package, using ‘real’ books and leisure non-fiction with good vocabulary.
Children will enjoy the personal challenge of a map and stickers to chart their reading development, and discover a broader range of wonderful books as selected by our team. Each loan collection of 30 items is bespoke, collated to your pupils’ requirements and includes teachers’ notes, a map for each pupil (up to 30), stickers and certificate templates.

The map shows real Norfolk roads and towns each representing a different genre, for example animals, fantasy. Children obtain stickers by reading one or more books in the different genres to place over the appropriate destination on the map. Each map also suggests further activities to encourage library use and family engagement.

Email the ELS for more information norfolk.library.service@norfolk.gov.uk

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.

Email education.library.service@norfolk.gov.uk 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

Email education.library.service@norfolk.gov.uk 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!”

Email education.library.service@norfolk.gov.uk to discuss your requirements.

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.

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.

Collections are loaned for a term and cost one ELS token.

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 fiction by well-known authors and appealing non-fiction. All boxes are ‘bespoke’, they can be fiction only or include non-fiction.

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 loaned for one term and cost one ELS token.

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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