The Knowledge Centre opened to students and staff in September 2019. This multi–functional area is located on the ground floor within the Communication Faculty demonstrating how independent learning and reading are given a high profile at Astrea Academy Dearne. Easily accessible and offering a spacious, well equipped layout with study tables, comfortable seating and a classroom area with digital screen this is a space which is designed to support whole school learning and teaching.
The librarian is available to assist and engage with students and staff to answer queries, aid book selection, locate resources to enrich and support the school curriculum and classroom learning.
Eclipse – Reading Cloud
The library catalogue is managed using a multi– functional library system which supports students’ studies and encourages independent learning. With the Reading Cloud app students have access to library resources away from school. This system works effortlessly on mobile, tablet or desk top. To sign onto the Reading Cloud students can request their unique username and password from the Knowledge Centre Reception Desk.
A team of student librarians assist with a range of library duties. They help develop a sense of student ownership of the library providing positive role models to other library users. Training to become a student librarian is extremely valuable. The skills learned are those which are valued in any walk of life – organisation, presentation, communication, team work and customer service.
The school has invested in Accelerated Reader, a proven reading program to help progress students’ literacy levels. AR quizzes can be taken using the ICT facilities.