Welcome to the Library section of the Thamesview website. School libraries have played different roles over the years. The internet and electronic resources have changed the tradition way that libraries operate but two things that haven’t changed are the importance of literacy and reading for pleasure.
The school invested in a brand new library in 2010. Thanks to a very generous grant from Foyles, the library was stocked with all the latest books that would interest and encourage students to return to reading. It was officially opened in March 2011 by the author Tony Lee. Since then the library has been a safe place for learning, creativity and exploring literature.
The school librarian is Mrs Vanda Fox. The library is open to students from 8:00am every morning, during break, lunch and until 4:00pm after school. The library plays an important part in motivating and encouraging students to read. There are several programs and initiatives that run throughout the school year to help struggling students and challenge confident readers.
It proudly won the KM Literacy Award for Best School Library in the Gravesham and Dartford area in 2017.
The library has books to suit all students, from beginner readers to the classics. Recommendations are always being shared. Here are just some of our student’s favourites.
Accelerated Reader (AR)
Accelerated Reader is a multimedia reading program for all Year 7 and Year 8 students. Through reading comprehension tests, students will be told their ideal book level. This ensures that the books they read are not too hard where they gives up out of frustration or too easy that they finds it boring. Thamesview has been running this program for several years because it works. We have even been nationally recognized for our success with Master Class status.
U3A Reading Partnership
Thamesview introduced a Partnered Reading Scheme where volunteers from the local community come into our school to listen to some of our younger students read on a weekly basis. All volunteers are part of the Gravesend, Northfleet & District U3A (University of the 3rd Age). They very kindly agree to give up some of their spare time each week to support the scheme but more importantly to support our students.
While this scheme is supporting literacy it also promotes and encourages other skills such as communication, time management and independent learning. It also improves students’ confidence and self-esteem. Both the volunteers and students benefit from this scheme as they feel the gap between their different generations is bridged and both sides learn new things from the different age groups involved.