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Reading for Pleasure

2017-2018 has seen us focus our attention on the joys of ‘Reading for pleasure.’

The National curriculum includes the wonderful line:

 ‘Reading widely and often opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious minds.’

How true this is! But as a school we know that we have to be the role-models to inform, encourage and inspire the children in our care, to seek out the pleasures to be found, in the books at their fingertips.

Why focus on Reading for pleasure?

  1. Well, firstly – WE LOVE READING. WE LOVE BOOKS. WE LOVE STORIES – and we want the children to get hooked on books, taking it on into secondary schools and developing a life-long love of reading.
  2. Secondly, the positive effect that reading for pleasure has on confidence and success across every area of the curriculum is clearly documented:
    • Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to research from the Institute of Education (IOE 2013)
    • Reading for pleasure was found to be more important for children’s cognitive development between ages 10 and 16 than their parents’ level of education.
    • The combined effect on children’s progress, of reading books often, going to the library regularly and reading newspapers at 16 was four times greater than the advantage children gained from having a parent with a degree.
    • Research notes that reading for pleasure had a strong effect on children’s vocabulary development, and also on spelling confidence and maths.
  3. Finally, the worries…
  • International evidence suggests that children in England continue to read rather less

independently and find rather less pleasure in reading than many of their peers in other countries (Twist, Schagen and Hodgson, 2003; 2007).

  • In the 2006 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) reading attainment fell significantly in England and only 28% of the English children reported reading weekly compared to an international average of 40%.
  • PIRLS data also reveals that nearly 30% of English 15 year olds never or hardly ever read for pleasure; 19% felt it was a waste of time and 35% said they would only read if they were obliged to do so.
  • UKLA RESEARCH shows: 42% of pupils are likely to have turned off reading for pleasure before they reach secondary school year.

Our aim this year…to become a Book-loving school:

A place books are: read, valued, enjoyed, discussed, re-read.