Fostering a Love For Reading

At Busill Jones Primary School we endeavour to foster a love of reading with all of our children. We realise that it is so important for children to grow up within an environment that promotes a positive rapport toward reading. After all, reading is a huge aspect of our culture and a key life skill that we all need.


Reading enhances imagination, relieves stress, and provides us with entertainment and enjoyment. The trick is to encourage children to love reading! Simply put - we celebrate reading at every opportunity!


In class:


  • Every child is listened to read by an adult in school every week.

  • Each class has a 'Class Book' that forms the foundation of their literacy lessons,


Teachers 'Read Aloud to the children to model good intonation of the class book with deep questioning and exploration of the text.


  • Each class has a 'Reading Display centred on the class book which is interactive for the children to develop and engage with as they read the book.

  • Every classroom also has its own 'Reading Corner or mini library for the children to access freely.

  • Each child has a reading diary which is shared between home and school to communicate their reading progress.


During the year:


  • During the year we celebrate reading through an event like World Book Day, where children get to come to school dressed as their favourite book character,

  • We also have the 'Travelling Book Fair where children can buy the latest books right here in school at a different point in the year.

  • Each month, we celebrate a different 'Author of The Month'.

  • We run a monthly 'Reading Challenge', where children can earn a bookmark and a place on our whole school display for completing the challenge. If children complete the reading challenge for the whole year they will also receive a prize at the end of the year.


Reading Challenge:

We set you a challenge. 10 challenges to be precise. Download the PDF and check off all the different types of books you have read (click the image to download a full resolution PDF). Return the completed sheet, filled in with the names of the texts you were reading and a photo, to the school to be in with a change of becoming the Busill Jones Reading champion or, if you are really lucky, the Busill Jones reader of the Year!

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Recommended Reads:

We believe that it is important to encourage everyone to develop a 'Life-long Love of Reading'.

Children will have opportunities throughout the week to 'read for pleasure', so they can bring in books from home or borrow them from the library. Below are a list of Recommended Reads for each year group. The books have been carefully selected to offer challenge, to experience other cultures and traditions and to provide deeper thinking to our children in terms of topical issues. Why not challenge your child to read them all over the year? They might even find their new favourite author or discover their all-time favourite book! 

EYFS Recommended Reading

Y1 Recommended Reading

Y2 Recommended Reading

Y3 Recommended Reading

Y4 Recommended Reading

Y5 Recommended Reading

Y6 Recommended Reading