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Reading for Pleasure

At Great Harwood Primary School we want to promote a love of reading. Reading for Pleasure encompasses a wide range of genres and it includes both fiction and non-fiction. For example, gardening or cookery books can be read as instructional texts in order to carry out specific tasks, but can also be read purely for pleasure.

Reading for Pleasure includes online reading, whether on a website or via an e-reader such as a Kindle.

  • Fiction: Novels, short stories, jokes, comics, poetry, lyrics, plays and scripts
  • Non-fiction: Reference books, newsletters, letters, emails, biographies, memoires, newspapers, magazines, websites


Why read for pleasure?

Like anything else, reading is a skill that becomes better with practice. Reading for Pleasure is critical for ensuring that the practice needed to become fluent becomes part of the learner's everyday life.

There are a range of benefits gained from reading for pleasure:

  • it increases a child's sense of achievement, confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness
  • it widens horizons
  • you can do it anywhere
  • it develops relationships and promotes inclusion and empathy through sharing opinions and ideas
  • it prevents boredom and promotes relaxation.


What are we going to be doing?

We will be 

  • completing reading questionnaires with the children
  • organising visits to and from the library
  • purchasing new books for the library
  • completeing book swaps
  • updating displays
  • encouraging reading a break time
  • allowing children more time to read for pleasure
  • holding support sessions for parents


Useful links and resources for Reading for Pleasure