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Reading for Pleasure

At Hayes Primary School we are continuing our drive to encourage more children to read for pleasure.  Research shows a positive link between reading frequency and enjoyment and educational attainment.  Furthermore, reading for pleasure has positive emotional and social benefits, improves text comprehension and grammar skills and increases general knowledge.  We have many initiatives that will be taking place in school over this academic year to encourage reading for pleasure.

  • Drop Everything and Read - Daily reading aloud in class from a range of texts.
  • ‘I am reading’- teachers will share with their class the books they are reading and why they are enjoying them
  • Book Week
  • Author visits
  • Weekly reading rewards – in KS2 reading records children will be given a weekly reading reward for the amount of reading they have completed that week (Gold = read 5 times, Silver = 4, Bronze = 3).

Things you can do at home:

  • Ensure your child reads at least 3 times per week and record their reading in their Reading Record or Homework Diary.
  • Talk about what books they are currently reading.
  • Ask questions when listening to your child read aloud (please see our school website for two very helpful resources on questions to ask your child when reading).
  • Read books to your child / read books together.
  • Visit local libraries and bookshops.

Stuck for what to read?

If your child is finding it difficult to know what they want to read, here are some ideas:

  • Check the School Newsletter.  In every Newsletter there is a Recommended Reads section which includes ideas for new books.
  • Register on the CLPE’s Core Books website for freeto view regularly updated booklists sorted by age-range, genre, author or publisher (
  • Visit which is an easy to use, free online tool which allows you or your child to search for books by interest-level and topic.  You can also find collections lists of the most popular books that children are reading at the moment.

We greatly appreciate all the support you give in supporting and encouraging your children to read at home and we are looking forward to an exciting year full of reading ahead!