Reading for pleasure
It's the phrase tripping off everyone's lips right now, but what does 'reading for pleasure' actually mean and why is it crucial to moving English forward?
The new draft National Curriculum for English states that "reading widely and often opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious minds." It puts into practice many of the recommendations contained in OFSTED's recent Moving English Forward report, which recommends that:
greater emphasis should be placed on improving writing, speaking and listening skills;
English should be recognised as a subject in its own right;
pupils should be actively encouraged to read for pleasure.
Helping children fall in love with reading
It's a big ask, but inspiring a love of literacy in your pupils so they fall in love with reading for life is something we all know works to hook children into reading and writing - in fact, many of you have told us it's what inspired you to become teachers in the first place.
But how do you inspire all of the pupils in your school to fall in love with reading?
Get your free Reading for Pleasure Guide
To help you get to the 'plain English' of the Government's drive to 'move English forward', we've put together a Practical Guide to Reading for Pleasure which is packed with practical suggestions and advice from schools who have successfully embedded reading for pleasure at the heart of their curriculum.
It includes helpful advice on how to implement OFSTED and the DfE's recommendations, features Michael Rosen's 20-point plan for a reading revolution and much more, including Waterstones' top 50 children's literature picks.
Saying goodbye to dry and dull extracts...
In the meantime, Bug Club and Literacy Evolve are great places to start your hunt for books and resources that your children will love to read for pleasure. No extracts or dry, dull texts here, just well-loved classic 'real' books and eBooks, backed up with excellent online pupil and teacher support and a growing legion of young fans too!
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