Reading for Pleasure
This year, as part of our School Improvement Plan for English, we are on a journey to foster a Reading for Pleasure culture within our school. This involves focusing on children and adults reading for pleasure and building a community of readers within each class, and within our wider school family. The results of our recent survey and next steps are attached below.
Research from the Open University has found that children who read for pleasure improve their life chances, not just in education, but in mental wellbeing and social relationships. However, children need support to develop the habit and love of reading. We will be providing as much of this in school as we can, but we need your help at home to really make it count.
Time and space to hear stories and to read and talk informally about what you’re reading makes a huge difference to children’s pleasure in reading.
You can also look at the 'Our School Library' page and 'Come and Share a Story' page.
There are 3 main things that you can do to help support your child’s reading:
- Reading Aloud – this is you reading aloud to your children to show them that it is fun and not a chore.
- Family Reading Time – read together regularly and let them choose what they want to read with you.
- Book Chat – talk about what you are reading together and make connections with other books, places you’ve been, things you’ve seen and activities you’ve done together.
Other posters that might help at home are available to download or view below: