Reading For Pleasure

Brilliant Books! At Ambleside Church of England Primary School we love to promote reading!

Each Tuesday we have devoted an extra special story session to promote reading for pleasure. Each teacher in school visits another class to read aloud a special story/extract to introduce the children to a wide variety of texts, mediums and genres.

Reading at School and Home

We want to do everything we can to help your child to read – and we will. We teach children how to read. But we want them to read really well so that they are confident when they see pages of writing that they haven’t seen before. But if you help us, your child will do really well.

If you have young children, please make sure that you read to them. Try to do this once a day. We can give you books to read to your children but you can get some books from the local library, some local shops, from catalogues and from online shopping. Why is this all so important?

  1. In school, we ask children to read things and find out what’s important – ‘browsing’. It is very hard to teach browsing. The best way to learn browsing is going to a bookshop, going to a library or sitting with a pile of books or magazines and choosing what you want to read, or just sorting your books and magazines in ways that you like.
  2. In school, we ask children to think about difficult ideas. This might be about, say, why or how things happened in history. It might be when we ask children to think about ‘if’ and ‘why’. If children read lots of different kinds of books, they will start to think about such things as part of their reading.
  3. In school, we ask children to think beyond themselves, to think about why or how other people think and behave. If children read lots of different kinds of books, they will start to think about such things as part of their reading.
  4. In school, we want children to ask questions, wonder about things, be curious and interested. Again, if children read lots of different kinds of books, they will be children who do just that: ask questions, wonder, be curious and interested.
  5. Like adults, children are full of feelings and thoughts. Like adults, these sometimes boil over and the children don’t always know what to do with them. Reading books often show us people facing up to problems and finding ways to deal with them. This means that reading books helps children find ways of dealing with their feelings and thoughts.

We know from research all over the world that children who read widely and often and who have plenty of books or magazines to read do better at school than children who don’t have books and magazines

Here are some useful websites for parents :

We have produced a booklet with advice and strategies to use at home and some lists of recommended books for children in each year at school. Simply click on the picture below.

Oxford Reading Tree

At Ambleside CE Primary School we use Oxford reading Tree as our reading scheme. This is the UK's number one reading programme which has taught millions of children to read... and to love to read. With systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree's well-loved characters, breadth and unrivalled support give you everything your children need to become confident and motivated readers.