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Alexandra Primary School

Alexandra Primary School
Reading for pleasure

RfP involves choosing to spend time reading and making meaning from texts.

  • Free reading
  • Recreational reading
  • Volitional reading
  • Independent reading
  • A love of reading


Being a frequent reader in childhood is associated with:

  • Significantly enhanced vocabulary development and wider general knowledge
  • Enhanced narrative and descriptive writing
  • Enhanced reading comprehension
  • Increased psychological wellbeing and resilience for example, better able to handle transition times and building ‘academic grit’
  • Development of social and relational benefits for young readers
  • RfP can support social change and is a matter of social justice


For children who read for pleasure, they develop the beneficial habit of reading

At school we have been developing our approach to Reading for Pleasure.  This is led by children and we incorporate time to read aloud to the children, ask children to read independently a book that they want to read.  We also provide time to talk about books, authors our likes and dislikes and to recommend books to children and school.

Through this we are developing our reading community, using books that reflect our children and offer a window into the lives of others and their cultures.

Reading for Pleasure Guide