Reading for Pleasure
“What are the benefits of reading for pleasure?
- Children who say they enjoy reading for pleasure are more likely to score well on reading assessments compared to pupils who said they enjoyed reading less
- There is some evidence to show that reading for pleasure is a more important determinant of children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status
- It can have a positive impact on pupils’ emotional and social behaviour
- It can have a positive impact on text comprehension and grammar.
What works in improving independent reading?
- An important factor in developing reading for pleasure is providing choice - choice and interest are highly related
- Parents and the home environment are essential to the early teaching of reading and fostering a love of reading; children are more likely to continue to be readers in homes where books and reading are valued
- Reading for pleasure is strongly influenced by relationships between teachers and children, and children and families.” - Department for Education website
At MCPA we encourage reading for pleasure by:
- Placing stories at the centre of our curriculum – as well as “story time” many of our lessons are based around stories. Stories are used widely in assemblies. Authors are often discussed and celebrated.
- Discussions about books exploring what the author intended in the book, what the characters might be thinking/ feeling, etc.
- Having a good range of books in the classroom for the children to choose (many thanks to the PA for supporting this)
- Time in the day for independent reading – a quiet time where the children can enjoy their books
- Systematically teaching the children reading skills so that they can become independent readers
- Running book fairs, visiting authors, having book themed dressing up days, etc
- The school has a book club for older children
- Younger children are taken to visit the library
What you can do at home to promote reading for pleasure?
- Read stories to your children – bed time stories are a great way of sharing time together. Talk about the books with the children.
- Set aside a time for reading in bed before they go to sleep – it is a super way of relaxing.
- Give books as presents for Christmas and birthdays – giving a book as a present says a lot about what you value.
- Look for books about their hobbies – talk about them with the children.
- Take the children to the library.
- Story CDs are great for long car journeys and you don’t need to buy them - many are available from the library.
- Just enjoy a book yourself - seeing you reading for pleasure sets a great example for children.
Just because children enjoy playing with playstations, etc, there is still plenty of time in the day to enjoy a good book.