A free Reading for Pleasure resource has been released by Eden Learning Spaces, using teacher’s contributions from the popular #UKEdChat How to get Children Reading for Pleasure session, during November 2014.
The tweets, pictured below, are within the learning resource which encourages emerging readers to engage with their favourite books, exploring characters, as well as famous inspiring quotes (story continues below, with link to the free PDF resource).
The learning resource launch was marked with a book-inspired event including interactive story time on bean bags, drama games, group artwork and a tour of Seven Stories’ Gruffalo exhibition. Year Two children from Benton Dene Primary School were invited along to take part in the ‘monster’ themed activities.
Top tips from learning professionals at Seven Stories are included in the learning resource, along with a collection of creative ideas taken from social media discussions held with educational professionals. The ‘monster’ theme is reflected in the designs in order to help inspire boys in particular – often found to be disinterested with books.
Having worked closely with many education establishments to develop soft furnishings for reading corners and libraries, Eden Learning Spaces was keen to share its findings on inspiring a love of reading, something the new curriculum has greater focus on for both inside and outside the classroom.
Eden Learning Spaces managing director Mark Dolder said: “As part of our on-going research and development we regularly consult with teaching professionals and we wanted to be able to share that, for free, on a wider level.
“We found that reading becomes much more of a desirable activity when you create an inspirational yet relaxed environment. This helps to engage children in learning and encourages creative responses – making tasks such as reading a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
“The free learning resource is all about celebrating books, and hopefully the fun had trying out these activities will inspire children to want to explore books with great enthusiasm.”
Benton Dene Primary School teacher Paul Danecki said: “It’s vital that every child finds their own personal connection with books in order for them to want to read outside of school and throughout adulthood.
“Book-based activities such as those explored today allow children who struggle with reading, or who are reluctant readers, to access the joy of stories – as the words and illustrations come to life in a stimulating way. Discussing a story with their peers allows children to form their own interpretations of events, which leads to a wide and varied range of learning opportunities. Fundamentally, enjoyment in reading underpins the core development of literacy, which is why it is so important in Key Stage One.”
Seven Stories marketing and digital coordinator Lauren Regan-Ingram said: “We always try to take children on a journey through books right from how stories are created, through to engaging the children in their creative responses to stories. Our learning services and projects reflect our commitment to introducing and inspiring children, young people and grown-ups from different backgrounds to the power of children’s literature.”
Mark Dolder concluded: “The learning resource is designed as a source of inspiration for helping kids to discover enjoyment in reading at Key Stage One. The ideas inside are all sourced from educational professionals and it’s available for free for anyone wanting to take a look and have a go. If you have a great idea please feel free to tweet us @EdenLearningUK using #readingforpleasure and we will add it to the resource.”