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The Reading Shed: a special place to read at Ladywood Primary School
About our school
Ladywood Primary School delivered a presentation at the Project READ Conference on Developing a Reading for Pleasure Culture in June 2018. We watched the video clip of Oliver and Libby showing us around their Reading Shed. We are delighted that our case study has also been included on the OU website www.researchrichpedagogies.org/research/reading-for-pleasure
The Teachers as Readers: Building Communities of Readers (TaRs) research project, by Professor Teresa Cremin et al (2014), found that social reading environments were seen to be key to creating richly reciprocal reading communities. Being physically engaging, the most successful environments tempted children into texts and offered spaces to relax, browse, and read for pleasure. With this in mind, we discussed how to engage children in reading with our Reading Buddies, a group of Year 6 learners with a passion to promote reading and engage in reading activities with children across the school.Our aims were:
A group of Year 6 reading enthusiasts became Ladywood Reading Buddies. They helped to run an after school reading club for Year 1 children who had been identified as disengaged readers. During the sessions, we discussed how to engage children in reading for pleasure. One avid reader suggested having a ‘special’ place to read and posed the question ‘Have you ever read in a shed?’ The idea was born from there. An application was made to a local funding group in which we outlined the positive impact a reading shed would bring to our school and community. Following a successful application, the Reading Shed was purchased, built and officially opened in November 2017. The grand opening took place at the end of the school day so we could invite as many members of the school and local community as possible. Governors and journalists from two local newspapers were also invited.
The Reading Shed is opened every lunch time by the Reading Buddies (on a rota basis) to offer a space to relax and read for pleasure. The number of children visiting the shed has remained consistent. A 'reading buzz' is apparent with children reading outside on dry/sunny days, lounging on the bean bags reading. Recommendations from the ‘Recommendations Boards’ provided by the children prompt discussion about books.
In addition, 'Book Swap' takes place every Thursday morning from the Reading Shed just before school starts. It is an opportunity for families and individuals to bring a book from home and swap it for a different one. The current Reading Buddies run this event independently. Feedback from parents has been very positive.
This idea has helped develop not only a link between reading at home and school but also provided an engaging environment to tempt children into different texts and to offer a safe space to relax, browse, and read for pleasure. It also illustrates our passion to the community and families of the area that we nurture a reading community and want to enthuse children to read a variety of books for the 'love' of it. At Ladywood,every day is a world book day!
Kelly Neill – English Team
Year group - EYFS-Y6
In this film clip, two Reading Buddies from Ladywood Primary School show us round their Reading Shed....(click to read more)
Year group -
In this case study, Jenny, the School Librarian, describes a summer reading project to enthuse Year 6 pupils to continue to read during the summer holiday....(click to read more)
Year group - EYFS-KS1
In this case study, Susan shares how school encourages parents and children to read together both at school and at home....(click to read more)