Top Tips for Parents - How to develop a Love of Reading

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Benefits of Reading


Children learn an average of 4,000 to 12,000 new words each year as a result of book reading.


Books and stories open up a whole new world to your child. Yes, there are plenty of nonfiction books on dinosaurs, bugs, and airplanes. Fiction stories, though, go beyond the real world and employ fantasy elements that get kids thinking outside the box.

Life lessons

Books provide an opportunity to talk about real-world situations in age-appropriate ways. Kids especially enjoy books that feature children their own ages doing things they do in everyday life.

Attention span

You’ve probably dealt with a squirming, distracted toddler at story hour. But what you may also notice is that — over time — regular reading gets kids listening in order to comprehend

Listening skills

Hearing a story read aloud involves some level of comprehension on your child’s part. And comprehension is dependent on paying attention — in other words, listening skills.

Social and emotional development

Reading to you children teaches them how to cope with difficult or stressful experiences. Reading abut potentially emotional situations, like starting a new school, can help get a conversation going and show children that their feelings are normal.

Reading Curriculum and Progression

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It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts and to instil a love for reading and a confidence to explore their imagination.

We want our school to be a place where children are read to, enjoy listening to high quality books and share their enjoyment of stories through discussion. These ‘essential reads’ are a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child’s mind. This is called the ‘Reading Spine’. We have provided the Pie Corbett reading spine in our classrooms so that children have access to these high quality texts.

Our Reading Spine is one element of the approach we take to help foster a love of reading in our children.

Pie Corbett says…

Great books build the imagination. The more we read aloud expressively, and the more children are able to savour, discuss and reinterpret literature through the arts, the more memorable the characters, places and events become, building an inner world. A child who is read to will have an inner kingdom of unicorns, talking spiders and a knife that cuts into other worlds.

The mind is like a ‘tardis’; it may seem small but inside there are many mansions. Each great book develops the imagination and equips the reader with language. Great stories speak to us as individuals and some children will return to certain books again and again. Great stories also build our language because around 75 per cent of our vocabulary comes from our reading.

Reading Spine - Information

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