Check out our Reading Newsletters – Reading News July 2021

This year, as part of our School Improvement Plan, we are continuing our journey to foster a Reading for Pleasure culture within our school.  This involves a radical new way of teaching reading, focusing on children and adults reading for pleasure and building a community of readers within each class, and within our wider school family.

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.

There are 3 main things that you can do to help support your child’s reading:

  1. Reading Aloud – this is you reading aloud to your children to show them that it is fun and not a chore.
  2. Family Reading Time – read together regularly and let them choose what they want to read with you.
  3. Book Chattalk 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.

To find out more download: Supporting Readers At Home Poster.

Other posters that might help at home are:

Book Chat Poster
Book Chat Guide
Sharing The Love Of Reading 5 7 Years
Sharing The Love Of Reading 7 9 Years
Sharing The Love Of Reading 9 11 Years
Sharing The Love Of Reading 11 16 Years

Garstang Library

If you need more books at home, Garstang Library is a great resource.  It is free to join, is open most days, there are no late fees for overdue books if you are under 18 and you can request any book you like for free from the librarians.  To find out more click here.

Book Ideas

Stuck for book ideas? Try these websites:

The Booktrust’s  ‘Bookfinder’
Books for Topics
Love Reading for Kids – if you join this for free you can download extracts from hundreds of different books.

Happy reading!