Reading for Pleasure DfE - September 2023
Reading for Pleasure
At Brockley Primary School we promote a love of reading to ensure that children develop the knowledge and skills to become life–long readers. We believe this is key for children to access other areas of the curriculum with success. Our 'Reading for Pleasure' Lead and the pupil Reading Ambassadors ensure that reading for pleasure has a high profile in school.
Our Reading Ambassadors are a carefully selected group of eight children from years 5 & 6 who give up their time to work with our younger children and promote learning throughout the school. The Reading Ambassadors have a bookcase on the main corridor where they promote a diverse collection of books termly to try to spark interest and a love of reading amongst all Brockley children.
We also promote a love of reading by holding book themed days and events both as individual classes and across the whole school eg: World Book Day, Brockley Masked Reader, which engages the children with reading.
All children are encouraged to participate in the Derbyshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge as well as having events throughout the year.
Children are introduced to a variety of literature. Book Fairs are held to allow all children the chance to look at new books of all genres and hopefully purchase a new book of their own to take home. Our well-stocked school reading area promotes authors and a range of reading material to appeal to all pupils. Children's suggestions for new books are encouraged and purchased. We ensure that our books reflect our inclusive, diverse community.
In Key Stage 2, we have a home-school Reading for Pleasure scheme for children who have progressed from the reading scheme available in school. The objective of this scheme is to motivate children to read and enjoy high quality, classic children’s literature, to spark or enhance a lifelong love of reading, with all the benefits that that brings.
We have a ‘book-based’ approach to our English Curriculum. High quality, challenging, whole-class texts are used to teach the majority of the English objectives and allow children to immerse themselves in the book. The book then provides a purposeful context for high quality writing opportunities. We encourage children to have pride in their writing across all areas of the curriculum and produce work to a high standard.
Every class has a class text which is read to the children regularly in order to enhance their exposure to high quality texts. the well stocked and recently replenished school library offers children a range of high quality books and the children themselves replenish their class library from the main library at the start of each block. Children are able to choose their own book to read for pleasure, as well as accessing a progressive reading scheme to help them with reading at home. Children need the space and time to make choices about books, and to discover authors and texts they might not get chance to look at outside of school.
Are you wondering what to read next?
If so, why not check out the Words for Life website, run by the National Literacy Trust. It has "Ten must-reads" for different age groups so you can check them off and see if you can read them all!
There are lists for younger and old age groups, and lots of fun activities and ideas to explore.
Blue Peter Book Badge and Book Club
Did you know there is a Blue Peter Book Badge, launched in September last year, which celebrates reading for pleasure? It was designed by Sir Quentin Blake; and to earn the badge, children aged 5-15 just need to share their love of books by answering some simple questions either via online form or by post.
Apart from the fun of getting the badge, badge owners can also gain free entry into over 200 Blue Peter Badge attractions around the country such as theme parks, zoos and castles!
You can also visit the Blue Peter Book Club, which is all about sharing the joy of reading! Each month they talk about a different book and find out your thoughts on it too, and there are also lots of fun activities, quizzes and cool challenges to try.
If you are awarded the badge or join the Book Club, we'd love to hear about it in school! Please tell your class teacher.
A Brilliant Box of Books (BBB) from Read for Good!
During the spring term we received a BBB from the charity Read for Good and to say we are thrilled is an understatement!
Read for Good’s expertly curated Brilliant Box of Books (BBB) offers children and young people access to a diverse range of brand new books.
From the latest award-winning fiction and non-fiction to bestselling graphic novels and updated re-prints of treasured classics, our aim is to offer instant excitement, escapism and adventure to a generation of disadvantaged children and young people.
To find out more about this amazing charity see page 2 of the newsletter 09.02.24.
Thank you to Read for Good and the incredible ‘Brilliant Box of Books’.