Our beautifully refurbished Discovery Zone lies at the heart of the Junior School and is a busy place of discovery and delight. The elegant, compact, and user-friendly design allows for easy, multi-purpose use. The facilities are state-of-the-art, yet timeless, and much of the treasured traditional library has been retained.
Whatever the task, the Discovery Zone has a space that fulfils that need: library or IT lessons; a quiet and comfortable to place to relax with a good book; a space to collaborate with friends on a project; a setup to execute and view IT creations; a treasury of books for reading enthusiasts; computers and iPads for completing tasks; comfortable seating for a group chat session; facilities for research and discovery; a safe place for prep in the afternoons; or a venue for class teaching. Gone is the traditional library and computer room, and in their place, our pupils and teachers have access to a modern, collaborative venue to meet the needs of a 21st Century education.
The promotion of abundant and quality reading material is critical to our thinking curriculum. Carefully designed shelving divides the library into a teaching zone, an informal reading area, with comfortable couches, and a computer area, and offers ample space for displaying popular or noteworthy titles. The best books are now but an arm’s reach away! Our non-fiction section houses a vibrant and relevant collection of information books. The St Margaret’s library is a haven of pictures and words, offering comfortable seating, beautiful displays, and the best in children’s literature.
Literature circles and reading
Our Literature Circle classes are an integral part of our curriculum and prove very successful, especially in the girls’ quality and quantity of choices, as well as their oral and written responses to literature. These are timetabled, weekly lessons of one hour, devoted solely to reading and studying literature.
Each term, a new theme, with its own reading list and task booklet, is introduced. The lessons are facilitated by the respective English teachers and the library teacher. Themes are broad, encompassing a selection of quality books aimed at stimulating meaningful discussion about life’s important issues, and designed to build reading, writing, literacy, research, and oral skills
The computer area consists of two learning spaces, separated by folding glass doors. The iPad section is a hive of activity, with girls engaged in learning, using the school’s iPads or their own devices. This provides a wonderful platform for collaboration, whilst researching or completing tasks. The other room is equipped with computers which are used for IT lessons or for other subjects where access to PCs is required.
IPads are used in the computer room and, as the school has WI FI connectivity, in the classrooms and other learning spaces.