Reading for Pleasure

Kenmont Primary School believes that reading for pleasure should be a fundamental part of childhood and lifelong learning:

  • children deserve a rich curriculum which encourages extensive reading of whole books and other kinds of texts;
  • the active encouragement of reading for pleasure should be a core part of every child’s educational entitlement, whatever their background or attainment. Extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make a huge contribution to students’ educational achievement;
  • the concepts of reading for ‘fun’, ‘enjoyment’ and ‘pleasure’ are included in our Curriculum for English, as is the encouragement of reading texts which reflect the heritage of minority ethnic groups. Students should be allowed to explore and engage with texts in their native language, whatever that might be;
  • all children should have access to a wide range of texts in different formats and genres and support in enjoying them where necessary. We will engage and support parents in enabling such access;
  • children should have the opportunity to experience whole books and not just extracts.  It is important to understand literary structures and to become absorbed in the story itself;
  • we will support and encourage children and young people of all ages to read for pleasure.   School reading should not only be seen as synonymous with ‘work’ as this can cause children to become turned off books and reading;
  • professional development and support for teachers is needed for them to explore the huge range of printed and electronic reading materials available and to enable them to support students in their reading choices;
  • the provision of access to libraries, both public and within schools, is crucial to allowing students exposure to a range of books and other texts.

Find links below to our Reading Policy and recommended reading lists for each age group.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use Letters and Sounds to teach Phonics combined with our own, specifically targeted resources made by teachers and support staff. We adapt our resources to reflect the individual needs of our pupils. We use the Pearson Bug Club banded books to teach reading in Early Years, KS1 and KS2.

Guided-reading at Kenmont

English policy 2019


Recommended reading list – Nursery

Recommended reading list-Reception

Reading Lists Years 1 to 6

Year 5-6 Booklist updated