Reading for Pleasure
At Branston C of E Infant Academy, reading is at the very heart of our curriculum. We are a school which promotes reading in all areas of the curriculum and we are passionate about every single child having access to high quality texts which promote protective characteristics.
As a school, we wish to encourage a lifelong love of reading and a genuine passion of Reading for Pleasure amongst the children in our school community. We believe that reading should be at the golden thread of the curriculum not only to support the children’s academic development but also their understanding, empathy and knowledge of the world around them.
Children as readers
Each class teacher has a great understanding of every child as a reader. Through such activities as reading rivers, virtual author visits and special days such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day, teachers gain a wealth of knowledge of what books each child values as their Reading for Pleasure books. This then helps teachers to recommend books to the children as well as help them select class books that they know will be loved by their class. Our Reading Ambassadors help to select and choose books that they know their classmates will enjoy. They also help to look after the reading areas and organise our special reading events.
In school, we have high quality reading environments where children can sit to share a book with a friend or even with one of our Reading Puppies! ‘Our spotlight on…’ displays are always eagerly anticipated by the children, and they can select books to read in their classroom or in quiet space such as The Hive. We also have a beautiful range of books which promote protected characteristics. The children love to select a book for their teacher to read to the class or to share with a friend.
Branston CofE Infant Academy promotes reading aloud in each key stage. Every class has a Reading Puppy which the class name and are a very popular addition to our reading areas. The children love to read aloud to the puppies (who are always well behaved!).
Each week, Mrs Cook selects two books which are based around a current theme (this may be Black History Month or World Ocean Day, to give a couple of examples). The children then vote for which book they would like Mrs Cook to read to the whole school that afternoon. This always creates such amazing book talk between the child and there is always a cheer when the winning book is declared!
Reading for Pleasure in the community
Not only are we passionate about Reading for Pleasure within school but we spread our love of reading into the community. We have strong links with the Branston Community Library. Each class visits the library throughout the year, and we have established Summer and Winter reading challenges in conjunction with the library. We also have taken a ‘Booknic’ to Burland Court (a retirement housing complex) where the children read to the residents and had wonderful discussions about the stories. Introducing the power of reading of Reading for Pleasure has also been shared in our Family Learning sessions with parents and Pop-up & Play sessions with the local children’s centre.
Through the hard work, dedication and passion of our team we were award the Lincolnshire Reading Pledge Gold Award in the summer term of 2023.