Reading for Pleasure
At Lionel Primary School, we know that children who read will do well at school and beyond. We aim to develop a positive attitude towards reading and to foster a love of books through our enthusiastic reading culture.
We encourage children to read not only at school, but beyond the school gates too: at home, in the park, on holiday.
Summer 2021 - Keep Reading!
This summer, we really urge you to encourage your child to keep up with all the brilliant reading they have been doing while at school. The more they read and listen to stories, the easier they will find the transition back to learning in September.
There are numerous ways to access books and other reading resources over the summer break, from your local library and bookshops to online audio books. If you need any ideas for books, there are summer reading book lists for each age group below (more extensive lists can be found below this post). There is also a summer reading Bingo attached to help motivate more reluctant readers - although don't forget that your local library will be running the Summer Reading Challenge, which is always really popular.
Read the News!
Another idea for summer reading is First News – the UK’s only newspaper for young people. Reporting on the big news stories from the UK and around the world, First News explains current events in a way children can understand and enjoy. First News is unbiased, politically neutral and fully independent and has been providing children with age-appropriate news for 15 years.
As a partner school, we have been given an introductory offer for our parents - try First News free for 6 weeks and if you continue to subscribe after your free trial, we will get money back to put towards our school.
For more information or to sign up for a no obligation free trial please use this link: https://he.t.hubspotemail.net/e2t/tc/VW0ZVL5WGG26W9lhg_3542N7RW5wYw0_4tHqHtN3V8l8_3lGmQV1-WJV7CgG50W8hng7G5dHt5GW3Kngrc419pSKW96GyZG6n-jRqW5Hcm9g1CSZ5mN3WDnv8_yNrsW8cJN3318xDlRW6pmTr44T9TkCW6G3MxK3xMYvfW3cQ2CG4_gNJWW3J6hC94js_M9W1HVlv47ttG94W1MBd9v3QHkS2N1rXyRjvw_SMN5MCsP6Z1RTgW6RxlQy1b9BbFN56WYy-pvG5WN8VvyY5wfFbjVZ0-Px2tQJYQW4KM3qw3l7YSYW3pwrX355-Nb5W2Jx44W72y85pW8Xl19c3L92vV3l6c1 to ensure any paid subscriptions are correctly allocated to our school.
This is a fantastic opportunity to get your children reading at home while helping the school raise money.
Reading at Home
At Lionel, we are proud to be part of the Power of Reading project from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). This project uses high quality texts to deliver all aspects of the English curriculum. The texts engage children at every stage of their learning journey and help to nurture a love of reading from Early Years all the way through to Year 6 and beyond. Below is a leaflet published by the CLPE that explores ways you can further support your child's reading and writing at home.
Below are links to articles, book lists, online stories and activities, to help enthuse and encourage your children to read, read, read! This list is not exhaustive and once you start searching, you will find many, many more resources out there. The key is to select wisely and recommend an appropriate and appealing taster menu to young readers.
The CLPE website has a section entitled Corebooks online. This is free to use and is an excellent place to begin looking for high quality texts - from fiction to poetry to non-fiction titles - for your child. Just follow the link below:
If you are looking for further inspiration, below is a selection of further lists from Books for Topics. This also includes the 'Branching Out' series, which is particularly useful if you're keen to get your child off a particular author!
Books for Topics
This brilliant site has lists of books for all ages and interests. Many of the lists above come from this site and you can find many more on the website. Follow this link:
It’s tricky to get hold of physical books at the moment. However, as lockdown eases, bookshops are re-opening and libraries will soon be too.
One solution to the lack of libraries at present is the app, BorrowBox. If you have a library membership, you can use the app to download e-books for free. Follow the link below to find out more about it:
Oxfam Bookshop 1, The Green, Ealing
This bookshop has a large collection of children’s books in great quality for around £1.99 a book.
The Alligator’s Mouth George Street, Richmond-upon-Thames
We love this bookshop, where the experienced staff will always send you off with a book your child will love!
Please see below links to some places that might help if you are looking to read a book online.