Doveridge Primary School


Developing Reading for understanding

Once our children have grasped the basics of reading through our daily, systematic phonics teaching, we focus on the children developing a lifelong interest in reading. We start with sharing books at every opportunity:

The Children in KS1 and KS2 have regular reading sessions throughout the week, during which they develop their fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. This can be with the class teacher, teaching assistant and volunteers. The Oxford Reading Tree scheme of books is used throughout school to support each individual’s reading development. The children also choose a book of their choice from the large range of fiction and non-fiction books in the library to ensure that they read for pleasure. Parents and carers are also encouraged to read far more widely and not allow the scheme books to dictate the children's experiences of reading.

Simply put, reading for pleasure increases mental wellbeing....

..The National Literacy Trust’s research has found that children and young people who are the most engaged with literacy are three times more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing than children who are the least engaged (39.4% vs 11.8%).

The National Literacy Trust

‘Reading for pleasure has many non-literacy benefits and can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life’

(The Reading Agency 2015).

At Doveridge Primary, we believe it is important that children have time to read a variety of books so they can enjoy reading.

Here’s how we encourage and promote reading for pleasure in our School:

-All children have a ‘book for pleasure’

-Our Class libraries/reading areas

- Sharing a Book

- Class 4 Reading Challenges

- Days dedicated to books World Book day

14 Chapel Green, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 5JY

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