The best way to promote a love of reading is to make it part of everyday life as something that is fun and enjoyable, rather than something that is forced and a chore.
The Year 3 classroom is full of books that children can explore in any free time. At the start of this term, the children also hand picked their own story which is read to them at the end of every school day. This half term, Year 3 chose the funny story by David Walliam ‘World’s Worst Children’. They have fostered a love of listening to stories and the discussions that we have had about the characters in the story have been second to none! Especially characters like ‘Petula Perpetual Motion’ and ‘Grubby Gertrude’. We even have a go at talking in funny voices like we would imagine the characters doing!
As we are coming to the end of our story, Year 3 felt sad so we explored other stories similar to the text in hand. As a result, we plan on moving on to ‘World’s Worst Teachers’.
The consequences of nurturing a love of reading are simple. Year 3 are genuinely enthused by their reading and have evidenced this in other areas of the classroom too. During our morning viewing of Newsround, the children spotted a new book by the legendary Sir Tom Moore which they just HAD to read. Of course, we have already had a sneak peek!