Gloucester Road Primary School

Gloucester Road
Nursery & Primary School

Reading For pleasure

Reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success (OECD 2002).


At Gloucester Road Primary School, we LOVE reading and want to instil this same passion in all of our children. Take a look at our 'Reading for Pleasure Manifesto' which sets out everything that we are doing (and planning to do) to embed a deep love of reading in our school:

reading manifesto.pdf


The Gloucester Road Primary School Journey to Reading for Pleasure

 Every child learns to read in our school.


From the Summer term in Nursery, the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme is used so that children receive daily lessons in small groups to support them in rapidly developing their early reading skills. A rigorous assessment system leads to all children being grouped so that they are receiving teaching which is differentiated to their exact needs. Consequently, learners make accelerated progress.

When children finish our phonics scheme, they receive daily Whole Class Reading sessions. During the Autumn term, we follow a 'Just Read' approach. This front loads the year with a focus on reading for pleasure, based on research that shows that the best way to improve children's reading comprehension is for children to just read, developing good reading habits and creating an excitement and enthusiasm for reading that hooks them and keeps them coming back for more! From the Spring term, comprehension skills are more formally taught, focusing on VIPERS skills (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Rerieval and Sequencing / Summarising).

Our daily English lessons are also rooted in high quality, vocabulary rich texts recommended by Literacy Tree. These text recommendations and thee sequences of learning linked to them are regularly updated to ensure that children are exposed to a mixture of classic and contemporary texts. Children's literature is the driver for all work in these lessons.

Through our robust curriculum and the other measures outlined in the Reading for Pleasure Manifesto above, it is our goal for all children leaving us at the end of Year 6 to have developed into avid readers.


'Snuggle Up and Read for Children in Need' event.