The Reading for Pleasure community
“Reading-for-Pleasure is a necessity not a luxury”
When children are given the opportunity to engage with words and pictures in books from an early age, it gives them a greater to chance to fly for the rest of their lives...
‘Reading’ is a skill, which we need on a day-to-day level, however Reading should be much, much more than that: Reading allows you to jump into a world which you may never experience yourself. Reading is a way to see life from a new perspective and different point of view. Reading is a way of bringing communities together, child-to-child, parent-to-child and teacher-to-child - forever providing opportunities for discussion and debate about themes, ideas, characters and their intentions. And Reading is a life-long hobby which is absolutely free!
Reading for Pleasure is highly promoted at The Grove through various class-based, whole-school and community-based activities, including challenges, displays, events, daily whole-class novel-reading and assemblies.
Please ask your child’s class teacher if there are any events or activities coming up which you’d like to get involved with. We look forward to hearing all about what you and your family read together!
Teachers are readers too!
Through this academic year, teachers and staff have been reading and recommending books to one another. Once a staff member has read a book which they recommend, they write their recommendation up and pin it in the staff room, so that other teachers can magpie ideas on what to read next. Also, if you take a look at all of the classroom doors around the school, teachers have displayed what they’re currently reading because we LOVE TO READ AS WELL! Here are a few of our current reads and recommendations so far...
‘My Family Reads’ reading challenge
Reading is a way to bring families together. The ‘My Family Reads’ challenge was our first Reading-for-Pleasure home event of the academic year. Parents/carers and children were asked to send in a picture of a family member reading their favourite text; from Pokemon cards, to the Nando’s menu, gardening magazines, to ‘The Lion Witch and The Wardrobe’ (ironically reading in the wardrobe by Jamie in Year 4!), it has been an absolute delight for the staff to see the different reading habits of The Grove’s families. Well done to all those super star families who challenged themselves and entered. Watch this space for the next Reading-for-Pleasure competition and school event coming up in the Spring Term!
Reading-for-pleasure research at the Faculty of Education by Miss Lee-Fox
I was really proud to be asked to present my research and work on Reading-for-Pleasure at the Cambridge University Faculty of Education, at a workshop for other teachers across the UK last month. I shared my involvement in the family reading picnics, the child and teacher reading challenges (the 100 million minutes Reading Challenge and #ExtremeReading Challenge) and other school based events such as Drop-Everything-and-Read and the buddy-up publishing parties.
My workshop focussed on leading initiatives to build a community of readers. Using reading as a tool to bring families together, encouraging parents/carers, children and staff to work together to share and celebrate reading. I am proud that I could use examples from our school, to show that reading contributes to bringing communities together. I demonstrated a number of easy, whole-school, research based strategies, activities and events, which have motivated and inspired our children and parent/carers to take pleasure in reading, inside and outside the classroom.
My input was well received by teachers from other schools who will use the ideas and strategies in their own settings. Thank you to all the parents, children and staff at The Grove who made all these events a huge success, allowing me to share good practice across the country. I look forward in my role as leader of RfP to further promote reading for children of all ages across the school.
Reading-for-Pleasure Reading Cafes
Wednesday 30th January 2019
The staff and children at The Grove were absolutely over the moon to see so many keen and enthusiastic parents and carers popping into classrooms to spend 15 minutes reading time with the children for our first Reading Cafe. As we continue to promote Reading-for-Pleasure throughout our school, this was a new and fun opportunity for parents and carers to take part in our reading community by having a few minutes to engage with their children’s favourite books or read some new materials from the classroom’s reading corner. The Reading Cafes were really well received by all, as seen by the beaming faces and a general buzz around books for the rest of the day, so we can’t wait to see you back again for our March Reading Cafes, in Spring 2 - Week 3, 13th March and Week 6, 3rd April.
Following the Reading workshop which took place after the Reading Cafes: Thank you to everyone who attended with their questions and feedback. We continue to develop the Reading and Phonics curriculum provision at The Grove ensuring lots of rich texts, linking in various enriching in-house events, activities and trips. We had lots and lots of really helpful and insightful feedback from a parent-carer’s point of view, so thank you for continuing to support and work alongside us to provide the best learning opportunities for our children. We look forward to Reading and Writing week in March, so listen out for any whole-school or class-based projects and fun Reading opportunities to get involved with then!