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Reading at PCJS

Reading for Pleasure

Welcome to PCJS's Reading Den


At PCJS we are constantly looking for ways to improve our provision for reading and this year we have changed the way our wonderful Reading Den works.  The Den contains our read for pleasure books and the children are able to select their reading for pleasure book from here.  They can also enjoy popping in at lunch times to have a read and snuggle down in the beanbags with the range of rainforest animals which live amongst the vines!  

We have recently re-organised the books into authors so the children can find what they want easily and quickly.

"We find that once we discover an author, we want to read other books they have written so the way books are organised is great!" Y6 child.


Along with our reading for pleasure books, we also read a whole class book four times weekly.  This forms our whole class reads and this is where the children can read and discuss themes and features of the book together.  The whole class read incorporates elements of the Reciprocal Read approach but incorporate elements of written comprehension too which is personalised to the requirements of each class.  The books can also form a stimulus for writing within English lessons.  Our children are enthusiastic about these texts and we strive to offer titles which engage and provide a whole range of experiences as they move through school.

This year, we have introduced a Treat Trolley which is full of the latest book releases.  Our trolley showcases the best of children's literature along with some non-fiction titles to capture every developing mind.

Children can earn a week with the treat trolley in their classroom by being the class with the highest percentage for reading outside the classroom.  

Our treat trolley

Example of reading with a child 1:1

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Reading at home is always encouraged and we ask our children to read at least three times weekly. Our reading buddies are always willing to help out any one who is finding this difficult to fit in during breaks and lunchtimes.
A 1:1 reading session can be different to a whole class experience.
Below is a typical 1:1 reading session at our school and this can be used by parents as a model for reading at home with your child if you require some ideas.