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The Bishops C of E Learning Academy

The Bishops' C of E Learning Academy

Reading

Our approach to Reading 

At The Bishops' we love reading; it is the most important part of primary school.  Every day, all of our children spend at least half an hour reading in school and every day our teachers read their class a story which is linked to the current topic.  We celebrate, promote and foster a love of reading as we know how important comprehension and vocabulary are for our young people. We use Read, Write, Inc to teach explicit reading skills and carefully track children's progress on Accelerated Reader. On this page you'll find the best books to read for your children and tips on how to encourage reading for pleasure at home. 

Listening to your child read every night and reading to them is incredibly important. Spending this time with your child each day will make a significant difference to, not only their reading, but their success as a learner across the curriculum.

Children who read often and widely get better at it.

Practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.

Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.

Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.

Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Children then bring this knowledge into their writing.

Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.

Reading is a fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere. You'll never be bored if you have a book in your bag.

Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.

Children who read achieve better in school

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum

Reading challenge.

Listed below are the top fifty books that are recommended that your child reads. Have a look and see how many of these you can read this year. If you click on the link you can also download a checklist too. Happy reading! 

Reception Year 2  Year 4  Year 6
Year 1 Year 3  Year 5  
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