Collections and learning resources

The following collections and resources are available for schools and nurseries to borrow even if you do not currently have a subscription with us.

​What are artefact collections?

Children love to be able to handle objects. Artefact collections contain various objects which can be handled and are guaranteed to engage and provoke discussion. They cover a range of topics which can be used in cross-curricular settings and will help children to develop a better understanding of the subjects.

What do they contain?   

Learning Resources for Education (LRE) can provide collections suitable for key stages 1, 2 and 3.

They comprise:

  • at least 10 quality artefacts
  • 3 to 4 books
  • a checklist

A list of artefacts can be viewed below:

How long can I borrow them for?   

You can borrow artefact collections for a 6 week period.

How much does it cost?

If you have a full LRE subscription each collection costs £22 for a 6 week term. If you want to borrow collections without a subscription there is a fee of £26 per 6 weeks.

There is also a delivery or collection fee per visit for Northamptonshire schools of £7.50. This fee is £10 for schools out of the county.

The average value of a collection is £260 so borrowing them is highly cost effective.

How do I borrow an artefact collection?

Contact Learning Resources for Education to add artefact collections to your subscription or to arrange a one off loan. You can also arrange to visit the showroom to see the full range of resources available.

​Learning Resources for Education have a number of bag books available to loan to special schools. These are multi-sensory books specifically for people with learning disabilities.

They are a useful resource for people with:

  • Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD)
  • Severe Learning Disabilities (SLD)
  • Severe Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Multi-sensory books can be enjoyed without being understood as they are stimulating, engaging and totally interactive.

How do I borrow bag books?

These are included in the service level agreement for special schools.

The average cost to buy a bag books resource is £140 so borrowing them is highly cost effective.

Dyslexia friendly collections contain a carefully selected range of books that are specifically aimed at children with dyslexia.  They have been selected as they:

  • have fairly large print
  • contain bite-size chapters
  • have simple text but age appropriate storyline
  • are printed on a pale yellow paper to make them easier to read

What do they contain?

Dyslexia-friendly collections contain up to 20 books.  

How long can I borrow a collection for?

You can borrow a dyslexia-friendly collection for a 6 week term.

How much does a collection cost?

You can borrow a collection whether you subscribe to LRE or not.

The cost is £18 for a 6 week loan for non-subscribers. For those with a subscription, a collection can form part of your entitlement to short-term project requests.

A delivery or collection fee per visit of £7.50 for Northamptonshire schools and £10 for schools out of the county may apply.

How can I order a collection?

Contact Learning Resources for Education to add a dyslexia-friendly collection to your subscription or to arrange a one off loan. You can also arrange to visit the showroom to see the full range of resources available.

Learning Resources for Education (LRE) can offer settings small collections of EAL picture books.

Languages available include:

  • Polish
  • Arabic
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Hindi

and many more
We will always try to fit the book to the child.

What do they contain?

A collection usually contains up to 20 books.

How long can I borrow a collection for?

You can borrow dual language collections for a 6 week period and LRE will arrange delivery and collection.

How do I borrow a collection?

Contact Learning Resources for Education to add dual language collections to your subscription. You can also arrange to visit the showroom to see the full range of resources available.

​Learning Resources for Education (LRE) can provide e-books that are suitable for children in year 2 through to young adults. These include text books, information books and reading for pleasure books.

What devices are the e-books compatible with?

The books are suitable for download to all e-readers (except the Kindle), computers, laptops, ipads and smart phones.

What titles are available?

A sample of titles are available on the e-books website

How much do e-books cost?

Non subscribing schools or additional logins can be purchased for £30 for 30 logins - these are valid for 1 year.

How can I borrow e-books?

If you would like to include e-books as part of your service level agreement please contact LRE who can provide you with user names and passwords for your students.

These are non-fiction and fiction collections to assist you with delivering the early years curriculum.

The non-fiction collections have been created to reflect all 7 areas of learning whilst the fiction collections can be themed to cover topics including:

  • All about me
  • Fairy tales
  • Festivals and celebrations
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Starting school

What do they contain?

Each collection contains up to 20 items which may include:

  • DVDs
  • poster packs
  • games
  • rhymes
  • classic stories
  • information books 
  • picture books

How long can I borrow them for?

You can borrow an early years collection for 6 weeks.

How much does an early years collection cost?

The cost is £18 for a 6 week term.

A delivery/collection charge of £7.50 per visit for Northamptonshire schools and£10 for schools out of the county may apply.

The average cost to buy this collection would be £160 so borrowing them is highly cost effective.

How do I borrow an early years collection?

Contact Learning Resources for Education to add an early years collection to your subscription. You can also arrange to visit the showroom to see the full range of resources available.

​These collections are designed to support group reading from reception to Year 6.

All collections have 6 copies of titles and are made up as below:

Reception

9 titles including:

  • Picture books
  • Non-fiction books
  • Phonic books
  • Rhyme books

Years 1 to 2 (key stage 1) - (shared year group collection)

7 titles including:

  • Non-fiction books
  • Picture books
  • First reader books
  • Poetry books

Years 3 to 4 (lower key stage 2) - (shared year group collection)

7 titles including:

  • Easy reader books
  • Story books
  • Non-fiction books
  • Play

Years 5 to 6 (upper key stage 2) - (shared year group collection)

7 titles including:

  • Story books
  • Play
  • Non-fiction books
  • Hi Lo books

How do I borrow a group reading collection?

This collection is only available through our subscription service.

Please view our service offer to take out a subscription.

You can also arrange to visit the showroom to see the full range of resources available.

Project loan collections are an excellent way of enhancing your school-based resources for particular subjects across the foundation stage and key stages 1, 2 and 3.

Schools providing their own collections tend to find they are unused for two-thirds of the year, with the additional risk that they become outdated or redundant.

We are able to meet a wide range of subject requests, including the following curricula:

  • National curriculum
  • Early years foundation stage
  • Edison
  • Hamilton Trust
  • Creative Curriculum

What do they contain?

Project loans contain up to 25 items, which may include:

  • poster packs
  • artefacts
  • replica packs such as WW2 ration book, ID card etc 
  • teacher resources
  • books

Details of standard project loans:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Key stage 1
  • Lower key stage 2
  • Upper key stage 2
  • Key stage 3

Project requests maybe supplied as pre-selected collections to meet national curriculum elements or tailor made to the specific needs of the school.

A list of pre selected collections can be viewed below:

How long can I borrow a project loan for?

Projects can be borrowed on a termly basis for 6 weeks.

How much does a project loan cost?

The cost is £18 for a 6 week term.

A delivery or collection charge of £7.50 per visit for Northamptonshire schools and £10 for schools out of the county may apply.

The average cost to buy this collection would be £160 so borrowing them is highly cost effective.

How can I order a project loan?

To request a project loan just complete the online project request form:

How can I order a project loan?

To request a project loan just complete the online project request form:

Project request form

Planning ahead and submitting your order early will mean delivery as scheduled.

Please provide as much information as possible to enable Learning Resources for Education to give you the greatest support.

We can not guarantee delivery to schools for requests received after the submission date detailed on the form.

​Students can be reluctant readers for many reasons. These high interest books engage and inspire children. They have been selected due to their:

  • fairly large print
  • bite-size chapters
  • engaging illustrations
  • simple text but age appropriate storyline

Some titles also have comic strip illustrations.

What do they contain?

Reluctant reader inspiration collections contain a selection of books which may comprise:

  • colourful fiction books
  • graphic novels
  • non-fiction such sports, celebrities, animals, cars and fashion
  • joke books

How long can I borrow a collection for?

You can borrow reluctant reader inspiration collections for a 6 week term.

How much does a collection cost?

You can borrow a collection whether you subscribe to LRE or not. The cost is £18 for a 6 week loan.

A delivery/collection fee per visit of £7.50 for Northamptonshire schools and £10 for schools out of the county may apply.

How can I order a collection?

Contact Learning Resources for Education to add a reluctant reader inspiration collection to your subscription or to arrange a one off loan. You can also arrange to visit the showroom to see the full range of resources available.

Story sacks are aimed at early years and key stage 1 children.

Through colourful toys and games they bring stories to life!

Research shows that they:

  • encourage reading for pleasure
  • extend general knowledge
  • develop social skills
  • improve confidence
  • develop listening and oral skills
  • encourage talking and extend vocabulary

What do they contain?

A typical story sack includes:

  • 3 books including picture books and non fiction texts 
  • Multi sensory materials such as soft toys, games, and activities

A list of story stacks can be viewed below:

How many can I borrow?

You can borrow one per 6 week term as part of your Service Level Agreement.

Extra story sacks can be added to your subscription at a unit price of £20 per 6 week term.

How do I borrow a story sack?

Contact Learning Resources for Education to request a story sack.

How do I borrow a collection?

Contact us

Learning Resources for Education will discuss your needs so they can create the best package for you. You can also arrange to visit the showroom to see the full range of resources available.

LRE@firstforwelllbeing.co.uk 

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