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Reading for Pleasure

We believe that it is crucial that reading for pleasure is a fundamental part of childhood and lifelong learning.It is a core part of our children's entitlement in education. Reading should be fun, for enjoyment and pleasure. We also believe that our children must have the opportunity to access books in a range of different formats and in so doing we develop and engage our children's reading habits using a number of strategies:

 

  • Reading Aloud
  • Informal booktalk
  • Independent reading time
  • Social reading environments

Reading Aloud

Reading aloud is one of the most important things our teachers do day to day. This allows children to experience stories and texts they may not otherwise come across. Time is prioritised for this and by reading well chosen, highly engaging texts, which children enjoy and can discuss, this leads to a community of readers at Henley Green.

 

Informal Booktalk

Talking about texts and talking about books is at the heart of what we do at Henley Green. Booktalk is always informal and is a two way process-teacher-child/child-teacher and child-child. This is very dependent on our well trained teachers' knowledge of children's literature and other texts. We offer much time in our curriculum for this to happen from daily teaching to specific events such as Book Week and other topic based learning weeks.

 

Independent Reading

Central to building a reading community at Henley Green is giving time for children to read and talk. This is always built around teachers ensuring that children take ownership of their reading but also offering support and guidance where necessary. For example:

  • children being given choice as readers.
  • opportunites for children to talk about what they are reading.
  • using prompting questions as a teacher to support children's choices such as: 'Would you recommend this book?', 'Would you like to read any of your book out loud?' 

 

Social Reading Emvironments

Our highly engaging and successful reading environments tempt our children into texts and offer spaces to relax, browse and read for pleasure. They aim to encourage booktalk, be interactive and promote independent reading time.

 

 

 

 

 

Henley Green Staff Book Recommendations

Tisha and the Blossom recommended by Mrs Hadley

Beetle Boy recommended by Miss Jolley

The Proudest Blue recommended by Miss Pagett

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