WHO WE ARE...
Firs Farm Association raises much needed funds for the school within our remit to add value to every pupil's life . We are a voluntary organisation made up of parents of children at Firs Farm School in Palmers Green, North London.
Schools like ours now rely on PTAs to help provide those "extras" which can no longer be covered by local authorities.
In the past we have raised funds to renovate the playground, bought musical instruments and paid for Art , Science and Book weeks within the school as well as many other projects. We raise funds through events for the children and parents such as our Christmas and Summer Fetes, our discos and even Pamper nights. Parents are very generous in donating their time and money, however, for larger projects such as this one, we need to ask the wider community for a little extra help.
Our school needs a proper library! Currently the library is a run-down and under-used space with out of date books (some dating back to the 1970s!). Our plan is to turn this room into a fantastic library space for the whole school and wider community to access.
The library will be used first and foremost by the pupils of Firs Farm School. That means access for research during lessons as well as planned library time for all classes. The space will also be used for small group work for children with EAL as well as groups that need a little extra help with their learning. There will be a relaxing area with soft seating for children to enjoy quiet time, reading or listening to a story.
The secondary use of the library will be for the parents of pupils at the school for meetings and groups such as parent learning groups.
The third use will be for a select number of community groups to access the space, for example local nurseries and toddler groups.
SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY...
Firs Farm is a large primary school with over 630 pupils. One of the school's main aims is to encourage a LOVE OF READING amongst ALL its pupils. and to help children develop reading for pleasure.
Our school is proud of it's diverse population of children from so many different backgrounds. Currently, 50% of our children have EAL (English as an Additional language). These children generally need to develop their reading to build up their vocabulary and broaden their language skills. We also have a growing group of children with additional needs who will greatly benefit from a dedicated, quiet space for additional lessons and small group work.
The library will be used by children outside of lesson time to help develop independance and responsibility. In addition to this, the school would like to introduce a Junior Librarian scheme where children in year 5 and 6 can take some responsibility for helping younger pupils checking-out books and researching subjects.
We are hoping to introduce a number of innovations including an electronic check-in system which will mean children can access the library's resources even outside of lesson times. We would also like to install a door to the exterior which would enable community groups such as parent and baby groups or parents' book groups to use the space outside of school hours.
As well as this, we need BOOKS! We need to completely restock the library including up to date reference books for children to access during lesson time and a wonderful selection of reading books to inspire the pupils and foster a love of reading that will last a lifetime.
We are greatful for donations of any size, from £1 - £100! We have included a few rewards on the right of this page for those who are kind enough to donate a larger sum but all contributions are welcome.
Please help us fund this fantastic project. With your help we can create a library that will benefit hundreds of children for years to come.