There are various types of material in the collection. These include:
A simplified version of the Dewey classification system is used for the School Experience Collection. It helps you to find items on the shelves and is the system often used in school libraries.
All of the items in the School Experience Collection have a J before the number. Watch the video to see what the collection contains and for advice on locating the different types of resources:
|J + three numbers||Non Fiction e.g. J 398 Myths and Legends or J 821 Poetry Anthologies or J 822 Drama|
|J + three letters||Fiction The three letters are the first three letters of the author’s surname e.g. J PAR|
|J OS||Oversize Non Fiction (including big books)|
|JPB||Big Books Fiction|
|JS||short story collections|
|JP||picture books (fiction)|
|JPL||dual language/foreign language picture books|
reference material e.g. photocopiable teaching packs, lesson plans
Go to Primo and change "Quick Search" to "School Experience Collection" to search the materials in this collection only:
By using the collection while on placement, you can help children with their information literacy skills. You can ask questions before starting a topic with a class:
What shall we find out?
Where can we find information?
What resources shall we use?
Shall we make notes?
How shall we present our results?
These are skills that will help children to develop some early critical thinking skills. The UK's professional association for libraries (CILIP) has developed definitions, framework and a body of work on what it is to be information literate in our lives, studies and future careers. They also run campaigns on children and school libraries e.g. Great School Libraries.