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Reading for pleasure

Subject Lead: Ms Owolowo


Reading for pleasure is a vital part of every child’s educational entitlement. Developing a love of reading has huge benefits for children, contributing to their educational achievement across the curriculum, as well as providing a lifetime of enjoyment.

At Downshall Primary School, we believe in both the importance of developing children’s word-reading skills and comprehension, and the need to engender their love of books and reading. We recognise that these two elements are essential if children are to become life-long readers.

National Curriculum

According to the National Curriculum, pupils should be taught to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. Click here for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study

Our curriculum subject vision document

Please use this link to access our most up to date Reading for Pleasure Policy.

By the end of the year, our aim is for every pupil in the following phases to be able to demonstrate their engagement with reading of pleasure.

Nursery/Reception – name a favourite story and talk about it

Year 1/4 – name a favourite genre

Year 5/6 – name a favourite author

Subject Displays

Subject Display 1
Subject Display 2


There are a variety of enrichment activities throughout the year – notably World Book Day which is celebrated in March every year.  During the course of the year, a few of our pupils would have had their short stories published by Young Writers. We have also been taken part in the Redbridge Children’s book awards over the last few years.

This year Downshall hosted the Brian Peppiatt Reading Festival and some of our year 6 pupils had the opportunity to meet with and discuss books and reading with their peers from the other schools in the trust.

Enrichment 1
Enrichment 2
Enrichment 3

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