Reading at St Ives Infant School

There are so many wonderful quotes about the benefits of reading, it is actually difficult to choose a few that truly emphasise the importance of reading and the impact of being a reader on all aspects of life. 

Put simply, reading opens doors - to imagined worlds, to knowledge, to escape, to encourage reflection. With that in mind our focus at St Ives Infants and Nursery School is to develop reading skills and to encourage reading for learning and pleasure in all.

One of the basic reasons why reading is important is that it helps you grow mentally, emotionally and psychologically. Every book gives you an opportunity to learn new things and explore new ideas. Reading books increases your knowledge and makes you smarter.

Here are some reasons why reading is good for everyone!

1. It helps you discover yourself

2. Imparts valuable lessons from years of experiences

3. It improves your Focus and Concentration

4. Reading improves your emotional health

5. Importance of Reading in memory enhancement

6. Its a great source of motivation

7. It expands your knowledge and makes you smarter

8. Broadens your Imagination and enhances your creativity

9. It makes you more empathic

10. Reduces stress and helps you sleep better

11. Importance of Reading in enhancing your critical and analytical thinking

12. It gives you joy and pleasure

13. It makes you humble

14. Improves your vocabulary, language command, and communication skills

15. Importance of reading in improving your brain functions

16. Being lonely will not bother you much

17. It makes you a better person

Research Around Reading And Why It's So Important For Our Children
Great Book Suggestions, Sources and Resources

There is a huge focus on reading in schools at the moment. The main focus of the latest Ofsted Inspection framework focuses on the importance of reading in a school, the promotion of reading for pleasure and the associated phonic skills. Reading is seen as the gateway to all areas of the curriculum which is why it is proving to be very topical at present. To ensure we are fully meeting the needs of our children we are currently auditing our teaching of reading, our resources and our phonics delivery.

You will have seen the following image on the last couple of newsletters. This really emphasises the impact of reading regularly and why it is so important our children are reading in and out of school. 

We are currently focusing on...
  • Auditing our home readers and reading for pleasure books
  • Reviewing how we teach reading
  • Updating our training on teaching reading for all staff
  • Recruiting ‘reading friends’ to listen to individual children and support access to the library at lunchtime
  • Developing reading cafes/workshop opportunities for parents across school
  • Developing our classroom reading areas

There are many useful websites to give usual suggestions of suitable books for each year group and linked to specific book topics.