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.
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.
During the current situation, it has been more difficult to access good quality books and other literature so we have put together a list of where you might find online (and a few off-line!) resources and inspiration. All of these resources are free to access, although some may require an account to be set up by an adult first.
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 Summer Reading Challenge, presented by the Reading Agency, encourages children aged 4 – 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays providing lots of fun and enjoyment, as well as preventing the summer reading ‘dip’.
The Summer Reading Challenge website is free to access and a place for children to rate and review the books they are reading as they progress towards their reading goal.
The website features video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children to take part in the Challenge at home.
Follow the link to the website to find out how to join in the fun!
The following documents set your children a series of reading challenges to complete which may help encourage regular reading at home and help your child to see reading as a fun activity, rather than a chore. Choose the invitation best suited to your child's age group.
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!