Reading for pleasure

Reading for pleasure opens new worlds for children. It gives them the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas, visit new places and meet new characters.

Reading for pleasure also improves children’s well-being and empathy. It helps them to understand their own identity and gives them an insight into the world and the views of others.

Research shows that reading for pleasure can be directly linked to children’s success throughout their time at school and even into adulthood.

At Beverley St Nicholas Primary School we strongly promote the importance of Reading for Pleasure and we seek to foster a love of reading in all our children.

Daily Reading in Class

Daily Class Storytime is an important part of our timetable. During these sessions the teacher will model reading with their class using books chosen from our Reading Spine. There are over 80 books that make up this Reading Spine and during their time at Beverley St Nicholas these books will be shared with the children. This Reading Spine has been developed to capture children’s imagination, support vocabulary development, and to expose children to a more rich and varied text selection. The Reading Spine provides a clear progression from Foundation Stage through to Year 6 and we believe it reinforces a true love of reading.

Year Group Recommended Reading Lists

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book yet.”
– J K Rowling

Our aim is to ensure that we put fantastic books in the hands of our children.

To support teachers, parents and children in making their book selections, we have put together a recommended reading list for each year group. We have endeavored to create an exciting and appealing list of books to appeal to many tastes.

The lists include a range of genres including fiction, poetry, graphic novels and a range of amazing non fiction books. When selecting these titles, we have looked to include a diverse range of newly released titles which reflect the interests of our children.

We have also included a number of titles to widen the reader choices of our children and have included recommendations to support our school drivers Aspirations, Global Citizenship and Health and Wellbeing.

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