School library resources
- School Library Association - UK based charity organisation offering support, resources and training to everyone involved in school libraries.
- Great School Libraries - website for Great School Libraries, a three-year national campaign to bring back libraries and school librarians to every school in the UK.
- CILIP - the UK's library and information association. CILIP members can join special interest groups, such as the School Libraries Group and the Youth Libraries Group, at no extra cost.
- Youth Libraries Group North West - regional division of CILIP's Youth Libraries Group. It runs free networking and CPD events across the North West, including Picture Books in the Pub, a group shadowing the Kate Greenaway Medal.
- Heart of the School - run by librarian Caroline Roche, the blog celebrates school libraries and librarians, and features good news stories, examples of best practice and useful advice for new practitioners.
Book reviews, awards and news
- Books for Keeps - online children's book magazine featuring reviews, articles and author interviews.
- Books for Topics - website offering curriculum-linked book recommendations for primary schools, as well as booklists to encourage reading for pleasure.
- BookTrust - the UK's largest children's reading charity runs a range of literacy programmes, including the free School Library Pack for secondary schools.
- Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) - UK based children's literacy charity working with primary schools. CLPE offers free access to hundreds of book recommendations and high-quality teaching resources through their Corebooks collection.
- The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Book Awards - news, archives and resources relating to the prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, including information about how schools can shadow the shortlists.
- LoveReading4Kids - one of the largest and most comprehensive websites for children's book reviews and recommendations in the UK. Reviews are handily divided into age and genre categories, with large sections devoted to reluctant readers and dyslexia-friendly books.
- Reading Agency - UK charity that promotes the benefits of reading among children and adults. Free resources, including discussion guides and activity packs, are often available.
- World Book Day - a fantastic range of free resources, including book extracts, reading lists and author masterclasses, for primary and secondary school students.
BBC class clips
If you're after more extra audio-visual material to support any curriculum topics that you are teaching in the classroom, why not try the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband Class Clips. There are lots of short videos available, which have all been selected to match the curriculum.You can search for all clips using a keyword search, or browse for secondary or primary clips by subject or topic. There is a also a help section available if you need assistance using the site.
eResources, offered by Cheshire libraries, contains links to many useful online resources all containing a wealth of information, including Britannica Online, Credo Reference and Newsbank. It can be accessed via Cheshire East and Chester West and Chester libraries website. You will need to be a member of Cheshire Libraries to access the resources.
Canal and River Trust education newsletter
You can now sign up to receive a free education newsletter from the Canal and River Trust. Produced termly, it includes free lesson plans, competitions, activities and resources to use in the classroom and on visits to your local canal or river. Sign up now to start receiving your termly newsletter.
Local studies resources
We sometimes get requests from schools for topics relating tothe local area. Unfortunately there are not many books published which will satisfy these requests, so we have put together the following useful links that will provide you with more information about the local area. You may also find the resources useful for topics such as the Victorians or the Tudors.
Local resources websites
- Cheshire Image Bank - a collection of digital images created from original material: photographs, postcards, prints slides and negatives. These are held at the Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, the Chester History & Heritage and in Cheshire Libraries.
- Picture Halton - the Halton Library Service Image Website.
- Cheshire Archives and Local Studies - Cheshire Archives collects and preserves historical records and the local studies collection relating to both the ancient and modern county of Cheshire, the diocese and the city of Chester. It also provides an archive service for the boroughs of Halton and Warrington.
- Cheshire Local History Association - as well as information on the history of Cheshire, the site provides a list of local history links, covering areas of Cheshire such as Middlewich, Northwich, Weaverham and Runcorn.
- Education Resources Association - ERA is a group of Heritage Education Officers based in Cheshire and the surrounding area. who meet together to share good practice and undertake training to develop skills. The ERA website provides information for all its venues, such as their curriculum specialities and overview for teachers to help you plan any visits.
Places to visit
- Anderton Boat Lift - the interactive exhibition at the Anderton Boat Lift focuses on the lift's history and the people who worked on and around it, and allows visitors to experience what it's like to travel on a Victorian boat lift.
- Bunbury Mill - Bunbury Mill is a restored water mill standing in two acres of wildlife rich countryside. It offers a number of educational packages, providing schools with the ability to link visits to the national curriculum as well as enhancing and supporting learning opportunities in a beautiful, historic setting.
- Chester Zoo - the Discovery and Learning team at Chester Zoo is able to offer hands-on learning activities from Nursery to Key Stage 4. They also offer animal talks at the zoo enclosures, put on exhibitions and create interactive signage across the zoo.
- Hack Green Nuclear Secret Bunker - experience the Cold War at one of the country's best preserved Nuclear Bunkers.
- Jodrell Bank - Jodrell Bank offers an education programme which is unique and exciting. It caters for all key stages and covers a wide range of topics.
- Little Moreton Hall - a tudor house based in Congleton. It offers an education programme aimed at Key Stage 2, with children experiencing how a tudor family would have lived at Little Moreton Hall and how their lives were different from the lives of children today.
- National Waterways Museum - the museum is based in Ellesmere Port on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. An indoor display and historic boats with rich collections tell the story of Britain's canals and waterways.
For more ideas of places to visit in your local area, have a look at following tourist information websites:
- Visit Chester - your official guide to Chester and Cheshire.
- Visit Halton - tourist information for Runcorn, Widnes and Hale.