Reading for Pleasure
Staverton is a school that prides itself on a culture of ‘reading for pleasure’. The greatest gift that we can give our children is to become life-long readers who freely choose to read.
We of course teach children reading instruction, though phonics and comprehension, but reading for pleasure is about children having freedom to read what they want to read! Staverton is all about putting the right book in every child’s hand.
Reading for pleasure is primarily about: 1. Creating communities of readers, both adult and child; 2. developing independent reading; 3. highlighting the importance of reading aloud; 4. widening our school’s knowledge of contemporary texts and authors.
For us, ensuring every child is a lifelong reader is a matter of social justice.
What does this look like at Staverton?
The first thing you will notice are the number of books! Not only do we have a well-stocked library, but we also have our own ‘pop-up bookshop’, restocked and supplied by the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop. Children also have access to class libraries, which are continually updated and renewed.
The second thing you’ll notice is a lot of book talk! Everyone is a reader, including the adults, and the ‘book blethering’ that goes on is contagious!
Finally, you will notice a lot of reading opportunities. Children visit the school library (at least) weekly, we have lots of authors visiting us, and children partake in ‘author hour’ where they have the chance to write creatively themselves.
This is just a taster of the reading for pleasure that goes on at Staverton, we intend to be at the cutting-edge of the research into this area of education so watch this space for even more! In the meantime, be sure to check out our ‘Book Buzz’ newsletter!