Our school library committee aims to promote and cultivate a positive disposition towards books and support students in their learning. Our activities aim to help students develop a lifelong habit of reading for enjoyment. We aim to continue our efforts to enthuse and nurture a love of reading in all our students.
We seek to achieve this by
1) conducting reading programmes and
2) providing inviting and conducive spaces / resources for students to read, collaborate and learn.
1. Reading Programme
Getting students to experience the joy of reading is a regular part of the school’s curriculum.
Two periods (one for English, one for Mother Tongue) are set aside each week for our reading programme. Students enjoy a range of activities during these periods. These include engaging read alouds, storytelling and book recommendations. In alternative weeks, students are brought to the library to borrow books.
Chinese Lesson Sharing
Malay Lesson Sharing
Tamil Lesson Sharing
Storytelling is brought to life with the use of puppets, pop-up books and Kamishibai (i.e., story cards). Students are given opportunities to do book talks and share their reads with their classmates too.
P1 Gracious Book Talk in classroom
P5 Empathy Book Talk in library
Through reading circles, students have opportunities to engage in rich discussions about their reads with their peers as well. With the use of critical literacy books, students are also encouraged to think critically about what they read. In addition, students also learn more about current affairs by reading and viewing newspapers. Students’ complete reflections in the I Love Reading booklets.
2. Assembly Programmes
Students enjoy various reading assembly programmes aimed at nurturing a love of reading in them. These include Book Buzzes (held in collaboration with the National Library Board (NLB)) and book talks by local authors. Videos of staff recommending books are broadcasted during pre-assembly as well.
3. Come as a Book Character Day
Students and teachers had fun dressing up as book characters during the Come as a Book Character Day!
Students shared about the characters they have dressed up as and introduced various interesting books to their classmates during Book Talk. Reading was infused across various subjects throughout that week too – for instance, students read engaging Math stories and Young Scientists magazines in their Math and Science lessons. It was carried out during Mother Tongue lessons as well.
Our BPS fraternity dressed as popular Book Characters!
Our school library is an inviting and conducive space for students to read, collaborate and learn. It has a modern 21st century look to attract students and caters to their evolving needs. Besides shelves that are stocked with a wide range of books to cater to our students’ interests, the library has four distinct zones for different purposes:
1) Imagination Room – a Makers’ Space for both staff and students to work on projects and carry out generative discussions
2) Thinkers’ Space – a cosy space for reading
3) Reading Nook – a cosy space for younger learners to read
4) Digital Corner – digital learning devices available for learners to explore e-books, audio books and the Internet
The Book Stop was created to bring a snippet of the library to the canteen. This eye-catching mini library allows students to easily pick up a book during their recesses/lunch.
1. NLB Overdrive (https://nlb.overdrive.com/)
2. Storyline Online (https://www.storylineonline.net/)
Enjoy videos of children’s books read aloud alongside creatively produced illustrations at Storyline Online.
3. School eResource Repository (SERR)
The School eResource Repository (SERR) is a virtual school library. It aims to promote recreational reading as well as support learning for students across various subject areas. The repository provides easy access to online resources.
4. Bendemeer Primary School Library OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue
https://schoolibrary.moe.edu.sg/bendemeerpri Perform a search of books and resources available in the school library at this website.
5. NLB discoveReads (Children & Teens Services):
Access storytelling videos, e-books, book recommendations and other reading-related resources at NLB discoveReads. You will need an account to borrow e-books. Students may sign up for an account, with their parent’s Singpass, here.
6. Unite for Literacy: https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/
Enjoy simple books at Unite for Literacy.
7. Audible: stories.audible.com/discovery
Enjoy free (for a limited time) audio books at Audible.
8. National Geographic Kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
9. Science News for Students: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/