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At Greet we love reading! We try to share what we most enjoy about reading and encourage the children to read new genres and ever more challenging texts.
Why is reading so important?
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background. Pearson UK
Reading Corners are a key part of our school’s strategy to encourage the love of reading.
Take a look at some of the great ideas we use in our school to make inviting corners where children will come to explore and develop a love of books.
Use book cases and the classroom layout to make a special place, slightly apart, where children can enter the world of reading.
Canopies and flags help to create a discrete inner space. Give this place a name.
So much creative work is encouraged and created throughout the school. So much effort was put into the Year 6 School production of Jungle Book. So after all the marvellous performances, why not use the scenery to decorate the reading corners?
Once the scenery from Jungle Book had been used to enhance as many classrooms as possible it made sense to make any extra decoration on the same theme. The children were involved too! Each child in year one and two had the chance to decorate a butterfly to add to the display. This helped give them ownership of the reading areas. Some of the butterflies began to fly into other learning areas… important symbolism of how reading enhances all aspects of learning.
Display book the reviews that the children have written to recommend good reads to each other.
Stimulate conversations that the children can have about books between themselves in class. Which books do they think will be the classics of tomorrow?
You don’t need the Dewey Decimal System but organise your Reading Corner for the readers. Take into account their interests. A separate section on bears will make sense to a young reader. Use labelling to tie in with topics and projects, older readers will have formed opinions about favourite authors… so make it easy to find the books by the authors they like best. This will help the book corner monitors tidy up too!
Making your reading area a fun place to be will mean that you are going to want to invite guests. Arrange for guest readers to come and of course advertise the event. You will need to timetable the use of the area as it becomes more popular. Transform an underused corner into a specifically resourced area for topic work.
Festivals and the human body, science and spirit all combined in a cosy corner. This is the ideal spot for story telling in an invocative atmosphere.
Reading enables children to transform the way they see the world outside of school. Children need encouragement to see that the written word can compete with electronic media. Reading requires the creative participation of the individual… that is what makes it so rewarding and special.
We hope you agree that our creativity will help children to share our own love of reading.
Most important of all… read with your children at home!