Reading for Pleasure

Reading for pleasure has many benefits in supporting pupils’ development. Amongst other things, it has been shown to increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life.

At Ian Ramsey CE Academy, we believe that fostering a love of reading and the enjoyment it can bring is central to what we want for our pupils. Therefore, to support and promote reading for pleasure, along wih the resources and recommendations available on our website, we have also built it into our English curriculum thoughout Year 7-9.

Reading for Pleasure in English

Once per fortnight, as part of their English curriculum, pupils participate in lessons solely designed to support and encourage reading for pleasure. Through a range of reading strategies, led by the teacher, pupils read various texts which include novels, autobiographies and non-fiction.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Once by Morris Gleitzman

Boy by Roald Dhal

The Shadow in the North by Phillip Pullman

Then by Morris Gleitzman

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Noughts and Crosses by Mallorie Blackman

Now by Morris Gleitzman

You are a Champion by Marcus Rashford

Other texts which may be used: 

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

After by Morris Gleitzman

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Animal Farm by George Owell

Oracy is important in developing pupils’ reading and understading. To support parents in creating dialogue with their children around what they read, we also send letters to parents/carers as we begin each new unit of learning with recommended reading lists for them.These recommendations link thematically to the topics being studied by their children.

We truly believe that promoting reading should happen both in and beyond the school and curriculum we offer.