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We all understand the importance of reading in a child's development, and with Ofsted hot on schools’ heels regarding language development and comprehension, teachers are always looking for ways to engage children in reading. Reading for pleasure is not a new phrase for many of us, and is an important part of encouraging a love of reading in children.
We have put together some of our top tips to help you engage children in reading!
Every classroom should have a reading corner; a place that is inviting and excites children! Why not create a themed reading corner? This could be decided with the class and created together. Ideas for themed reading corners could include:
Linking your book corner to your topic for the term will help to engage children in learning about the topic as well as reading related fiction and non-fiction. Make sure to create a comfy space with pillows or bean bags to encourage children to choose to read in the book corner. Check out our Reading Area Signs!
This of course can be replicated at home! A few bookshelves and a couple of pillows can create an environment that encourages children to read independently.
It is also important that there is a broad range of reading materials available to children, such as recipe books, graphic novels, news blogs, instructions etc. In addition, children will enjoy reading about characters that they can relate to. Make sure to include diverse children’s picture books, books that depict children from different family structures, cultures, religions and also physical abilities.
Creating a positive reading environment is proven to get those reluctant readers exploring new books - but equally changing up where children read from time to time can add a little more excitement.
Here are some ideas:
Classes can also come together and allocate each child with a reading buddy. Children take great pleasure in reading with younger or older children and this can have a great impact on children’s progress.
During these times, why not enjoy a book yourself? We understand there is lots to do and in some cases is not possible, but leading by example and enjoying a book yourself will encourage your class to do the same. As well as allow you to make informed recommendations!
Reading doesn’t have to be the traditional reading of a book in silence, of course as teachers we often read in groups or as a class.
Other ways to enjoy stories include listening to them being read by other people. Why not ask teachers and parents to record themselves reading a story? Think of it as CBBC bedtime stories. Parents could set themselves up at home reading a well loved story - they could film themselves with their phones and send in the videos to the teacher. At the end of the week, the class could come together for story time, but this time watch someone they know reading the story to them! This not only models reading to children but also encourages parents to play an active role in encouraging children to read.
Children could also listen to stories on different forms of technology depending on what you have available to you, whether it be on a tablet, iPad, CD player (we know they are still floating around in schools!) or, if you have the budget and feeling fancy, there are some fabulous story telling devices such as a Toniebox or Yoto player. These are really child friendly and great for a range of ages.
Learning skills linked to reading doesn’t always have to be done in an obvious way. To build on what children already know, why not pick key vocabulary linked to your topic and challenge children to find the words in newspapers, magazines, travel brochures, marketing fliers, etc.
When reading, children are encouraged to think about characters and how they might be feeling, or how they would react in a certain situation. Bring characters from class books to life by asking questions throughout the day about how the children think a character would react. For example, when solving a dispute in class you could ask how they think the wicked witch would solve the problem.
Other fun activities include:
These are excellent. I have found them really useful.
That's great to hear, Sally! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review :-)
There were a few good slides and activities in this pack but overall I would not recommend. I bought this after finding the Mexico pack was great ( factual case studies, good map activities, attractive slides). However, the coast pack is not as good. It lacks depth, case study (Scarborough) is too old, limited map work/skills.
Hi Katie, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review - we always appreciate feedback from our customers. We are constantly updating and improving our resources, and so I will pass on your comments about this scheme to the resource creators.
Some great resources to help children understand how medicine has evolved over time. We love the emphasis on primary & secondary sources too.
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Sharon!
Fabulous and just what I was looking for as a structure to support staff in planning their own units.
The presentation and resources ere excellent quality and this was FREE.
Can’t wait to explore some of the other units on offer and use the 20% off provided. Thank you!
You're welcome, Kerry! We are so pleased to hear that you liked our resources and found them useful :-)
Will be good to use at start of Rivers theme ( SEND school KS3). To identify names of rivers pupils are familiar with and review at the end.
Thanks, Kim - we're glad that this resource has been useful for you :-)
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