Reading for Pleasure
Reading for pleasure is one of the core values we promote across our school and is embedded into our culture at Fullbrook. We encourage all of our students, as well as our staff, to develop a love of reading and celebrate those who share their knowledge and enthusiasm with others.
We not only love reading but we understand how crucial reading is to student attainment across all subjects. Recent research from the Institute of Education found that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school in all subjects than those who do not. We want every child at Fullbrook to enjoy reading for pleasure and to reap the rewards that come with it; as such, we continually engage with and implement the latest evidence-based approaches across our school to promote reading for pleasure and improve literacy outcomes for all of our students.
Further research demonstrates:
- Students who read for pleasure for 20 minutes + a day are likely to score better than 90% of their peers on standardised tests
- Students who read will have a 9.9% advantage in Maths by age 16
- The strongest factor affecting pupils’ science scores is reading comprehension
- Reading improves vocabulary by 26% regardless of background
- Reading also develops confidence, improves self-esteem and increases empathy.
- Reading aloud to students promotes their comprehension and reading fluency
- Echo and choral reading markedly improves reading fluency
There really are no disadvantages to reading and we see it as our role to ensure that every child in our school reaps the endless benefits from it.