Reading for Pleasure

Books enable children to discover new worlds, meet new people and learn about the past, but they also have the power to transform lives.

By sparking growing imaginations, stimulating critical thinking and helping to develop empathy, reading gives children the very skills they need to succeed at school, at work and in life. Helping children discover a love of reading is crucial.

At West Ewell Primary School we;

  • place reading and books at the centre of the curriculum
  • recognise that being able to read well is a key life skill for children, whatever their background
  • believe that every child can learn to read with the right teaching and support
  • acknowledge that not all children will have had the opportunity to develop a love of reading at home, so this has to be taught and encouraged at school – just like any other area of the curriculum
  • build time for all children to read independently, read aloud and be read to during the school day
  • develop a coherent whole-school strategy for promoting reading for pleasure
  • spend money and time to support reading, including buying books and developing the school environment to support reading
  • believe that every teacher should be an advocate for reading
  • devote time to training staff so they are equipped to support children’s enjoyment of reading

At West Ewell Primary School we;

  • give reading a high profile across the school community
  • have a newly designed, bright and colourful library 
  • have 'Secret Readers' who sign up for a slot to come and read to a class (parents, grandparents etc)
  • read aloud to the children each day so they are exposed to high-quality vocabulary and a wide range of genres
  • have invested in a wide range of texts that can be used for individual, small group and whole-class reading
  • hold regular workshops and information evenings about how we teach children to read
  • recommend books to parents and carers to read at home with their children
  • have strong links with the local library with classes making visits when possible
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