Why is reading so important?

Let’s Get Reading!

Reading is so powerful: it develops the imagination and enables us to discover new things.

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

This is what we are all about at Brecknock! Below you can see some of the incredible book corners in the school. Each class (and our brilliant library) has a range of different and exciting books for children to choose from and we are really encouraging them to take their time and pick a book they will take home and enjoy reading every single day.

You can make a huge difference!

It’s never too early to start reading together. Even before they’re born, babies learn to recognise their parents’ voices. Reading to your baby from birth, even for just a few minutes a day, gives them the comfort of hearing your voice and increases their exposure to language. As children start to learn to read at school, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

Some of the things you can do include:

 

  • reading aloud to your child, talking about the words and pictures, and sharing ideas about the book
  • reading yourself – children who see adults reading, and enjoying it, are much more likely to want to read themselves
  • surrounding your child with books – you don’t need hundreds of books at home, but go to the library or bookshop regularly to borrow books, spend time together, browse and make choices. In this way, reading becomes a habit

So, let’s all get reading and enjoy the pleasure and benefits that undoubtedly come with it!