Reading for Pleasure

Reading for Pleasure at Lakeside Primary Academy

At Lakeside Primary Academy we highly value the importance of Reading for Pleasure

Reading for Pleasure is any reading that is done for enjoyment. Whilst we know that reading has huge educational benefits, we believe the benefits of reading for pleasure go far beyond this and stretch throughout a child's life.

Reading for pleasure is critical for ensuring that the practice needed to become fluent becomes part of the learner's everyday life, and is not just seen as a classroom based activity. Pleasure reading can help students to have general knowledge, to understand other cultures, and to have an insight into human nature and decision making.

Research has also found that Reading for Pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, reductions in the symptoms of depression and dementia and improved well being

How do we promote Reading for Pleasure?

As a school we work hard to promote reading for pleasure, including:

  • designated reading areas in each classroom, with organised and age-appropriate texts
  • reading areas throughout school, with books organised and refreshed to keep children interested
  • a bright, engaging and inviting school library, with books organised in to fiction, non-fiction, subject and genre to make it easy for children to use independently.
  • Library slots for each class- a time to borrow books and also listen to a story being read aloud by an adult
  • Library Club at lunchtime - a chance for children to sit in the library and enjoy quiet time reading
  • Designated time at end of the day to share a class book 

We also hold many whole-school reading events throughout the year, including:

  • World Book Day - as a school we select a text to all base our work around, resulting in a whole school display and chance to share our work with each other. Recent books have been Flotsam by David Weisner and Chalk by Bill Thomson.
  • Paired Reading events where older children share a book with a younger child - a great way to build confidence in reading aloud.
  • Popcorn and PJ's reading event - an afternoon dedicated for children to enjoy reading together in a relaxed and cosy environment (with snacks too!) This event takes on many guises throughout the year and has included Easter and Christmas themed events and a Reading Picnic on the field in the Summer.
  • Local Library links - we are lucky that we have a library fairly local to school, we have had visits from librarians to promote the public library and also sign children up with their own library cards. The local library also provide Book clubs for more able readers.
  • Travelling Book Fair - a chance for children to purchase discounted books, during Covid this has been done as a virtual book fair
  • Author Visits - most recently we had Phil Sheppard visit to promote his books and reading for pleasure, and read aloud to the children. We hope to arrange more author visits in the future.
  • Subscription to First News - to encourage our children to read about world news in a safe and child friendly way

We advocate reading in all forms - books, magazines, newspapers, comics and also encourage reading stories online.

We have recently signed up to the Young Readers Programme this is throughThe National Literacy Trust (NLT) an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.

The Young Readers Programme is the NLT’s flagship reading for enjoyment programme which gives children the chance to choose new books to keep at fun reading events.  Through this programme we have arranged 3 reading events to take place in Spring and Summer term for Years 2 and 3. The first event, held in late March, was a “Breakfast with a Book” event where children got to enjoy reading a huge variety of books whilst enjoying a yummy breakfast. The children got to choose a brand new book from our bookshop set up in the shared area. A superb morning - see below for photos!

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