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Encouraging Reading

Encouraging Reading

At Bishop's Castle Primary School, our aim is to encourage a love of reading, which will remain with a child for life. Children are offered a wide range of reading material, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They are encouraged to share books with adults working in the school as well as taking them home to share with family and friends. 

Reading, and developing a passion for reading, is one of the most useful things that a child can learn when they are young. Research suggests that the more a child reads for pleasure, the more likely they are to be successful when they are older.

At school, children read a wide range of texts, developing a range of reading skills throughout the curriculum including whole class sessions, one to one reading and reading independently.


At Bishop's Castle Primary School, we use Little Wandle to teach phonics. We have daily phonic sessions during EYFS and KS1, where we learn about how to read using our phonic knowledge. We play lots of different phonic games which help us understand how sounds make words and we use words to make sentences.

Whole Class Reading

From Year 2, we conduct reading sessions as a whole class. During these sessions, we ensure children are immersed in high-quality literature and learn the skills needed in order to develop a greater understanding of the texts. We often use E.R.I.C (Explain, Retrieve, Infer, Choice) in our whole-class sessions and practise the skills needed to confidently discuss the books/text we are reading. 

Parental Support

At Bishop's Castle Primary School, we understand the importance of reading and value the support parents give us with regards to their child learning to read, and developing an enjoyment of it.

Here you will find some useful information about how you can support your child with their reading, both at home and in school. 

Bishop's Castle Primary School's Virtual Library!

Have you seen our Virtual Library? Click on the image to have a look! All of the books on the shelves have all been chosen to support our school’s curriculum drivers: 'Confident Communicator', 'Healthy Body, Healthy Mind', 'Growth Mindset' and 'Widening Horizons'. Click on each of the books to read an extract from the book or to hear a video of the book being read.


BC Virtual Library

Documents you may find helpful to support your child with their reading

Website Links

Click the link below for more help and support for parents, as well as access to hundreds of free books to read online with your child!  

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10 Benefits of Reading

Children who read often and widely get better at it.

After all, practise makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.

Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.

Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.

Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.

Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.

Reading is fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.

Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.

Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.