There is good evidence to suggest that young people who read for pleasure daily perform better in reading skills tests than those who never do. However, a recent survey carried out by the National Literacy Trust has indicated a decline in the amount of time children spend reading for pleasure. (DFE June 2012)
Developing reading is one of our top priorities at Latimer. We want our children to become confident, fluent and enthusiastic readers, who have a life-long love for good books. We introduce our children to quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction books through our english lessons and whole class shared reading.
We also have our whole school reading initiave, "The Book-it List". These are lists of fabulous
books which are either famous, prizewinning or simply brilliant. It is our aim to get all children
reading at least 100 books from each list by the end of each Key Stage. There are separate lists
of books for EYFS/KS1 and KS2.
Reading widely for pleasure is the biggest indicator of future academic success and also has
a huge impact on both results at age 16, as well as on general future wellbeing. We
therefore want to do all we can to develop a love of reading with all children and
would encourage parents to revisit the lists to find old favourites from their own
childhood to share, as well as some more recent titles.
In EYFS and KS1, we teach children to decode text using their phonics skills. As their reading
develops the emphasis moves towards understanding and comprehension. Developing readers
will also bring home a levelled reading book, which is suitablefor their level of fluency and
understanding. Please read this with your child each evening and encourage your child to
change their books regularly.
All children should be reading at home for at least 15 minutes each day. Even if your child is an
independent reader, please still listen to them read and also read to them in order model reading skills and to encourage your child to tackle more