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Sneinton St Stephen's CofE Primary School

Reading for Pleasure

Sneinton Primary...Where every day is Book Day!

At Sneinton C of E, we aim to build an immersive reading environment. One which creates, develops and nurtures a Reading for Pleasure (RfP) pedagogy for our children.

We aim to:

  • Ensure that every child is regularly read to.
  • Develop social reading environments that raise the profile of RfP, spark interest in reading and encourage ‘comfy’ reading.
  • Ensure that children have a wide range of high quality books; fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and magazines to choose from.
  • Ensure that as a staff we continue to be TaRs. Our staff team were all already passionate about this essential element of the RfP pedagogy.
  • Build reading communities within our school between staff, children and their families.
  • Increase the amount of high quality, current children’s literature, available for all children to read.


How do we approach Reading for Pleasure?

We develop staff knowledge on the RfP pedagogy using staff meeting and Inset time. Staff regularly share book recommendations amongst one another. In addition they are able to attend an OU/UKLA RfP group run by the English Lead.

Children are read aloud to every day in every classroom. Class teachers prioritise RfP within their timetables. Formal book blether is timetabled and informal book blether is encouraged and valued.


We plan immersive book theme days take place regularly. Children enjoy carousels of cross curricular book activities emphasising reading for fun.


Every classroom has an inviting reading area along with RfP displays featuring specific authors and book recommendations. Reading areas have been created throughout school to promote independent RfP.




We regularly use a Story Tent as a special place to enjoy ‘comfy reading.’ We have even enjoyed bedtime stories in our pj’s with hot chocolate and cookies and visits from Princess Elsa.


Outdoor Reading Areas

We have developed an Outdoor Reading Area and ‘Cosy Caravan’ where the children can choose to spend their lunchtimes independently reading for pleasure. We have a ‘Story Squad’ of year 6 children who read with the younger children duringbreaks.




Reading Dogs

We have a Reading Dog who visits weekly and reads with our children. We also have two school dogs on our staff teamwho are valuable contributors to our RfP culture!



Reading Assemblies

Celebratory reading assemblies take place monthly. Children are awarded reading ribbons, badges and certificates for reading regulary at home.The class earning the most awards are presented with the Governors Trophy. We have a podium, red carpet, music and dancing. Parents are invited into school and we also have a Teacher/ Parent partnership award, torecognise the importance of home and school working together.


Staff and children review and recommend books. Classes are also presented with a beautiful new bundle of books borrowed from the ELS. ‘Rory the Reading Lion’ is also presented to a child to go home as a ‘reading buddy’.



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