Our Libraries

At the Orchard Lea Federation we want to instill a love of Reading in our children....

A part of this is having a well-stocked school library, where we aim to have something for everyone – exciting fiction, including popular authors and new writers, across many different genres, and a wide range of non-fiction.

Each class has a weekly library visit, when the children can browse the books on the shelves and change their library books. There are also other opportunities across the week when children can visit the library including break times and lunchtimes.  Mrs Bowman and Mrs Gamble are the Librarians and will always be able to support the children with anything library related.

We hold a scholastic book fair most years .The commission generated by these events helps us to buy new books to replace lost and damaged ones and to purchase new titles.  We are very grateful to parents for their support with the book fairs – this is important to enable us to maintain our stock.

Infant Library

Pictures coming soon!

Junior Library 


Questions to ask when reading at home

When we hear children read in school, alongside their phonic skills we also support their comprehension skills.

Below you will find a list of possible questions to help you with conversations about your child’s reading. They are not intended to be used all at once or every time you read with your child. Use them at your discretion and where they are appropriate. Happy Reading !

Questions to ask before you read

Can you look at the pictures and predict what you think will happen in this book?

What makes you think that?

What characters do you think might be in our story?

Do you think there will be a problem in this story? Why or why not?

Does the topic/story relate to you or your family? How?

Have you read a book like this / by this author before?


Questions to ask during the reading

What do you think will happen next?

What can you tell me about the story so far?

Can you predict how the story will end?

Why do you think the character did _______?

What would you have done if you were the character?

How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)

As I read____________, it made me picture________ in my head. What pictures do you see in your head?

As you read, what are you wondering about?

Can you put what you’ve just read in your own words?

Are there any words you don’t understand?

How can we work out the meaning of the word? Is there a glossary?

Questions to ask after reading

Can you remember the title?

In your opinion, was it a good title for this book? Why or why not?

Were your predictions about the story correct?

If there was a problem, did it get solved?

What happened because of the problem?

Why do you think the author wrote this book?

What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?

What was your favourite part of the story?

If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be?

Can you retell the story in order?

If you were __________, how would you have felt?

What is the most interesting situation in the story?

Is there a character in the story like you? How are you alike?

Why did you like this book?