Rationale: We want everyone at Wilson Stuart School to read for enjoyment – no tasks, no direct teaching – Love of Reading the Wilson Stuart way. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes, wellbeing and social mobility, and will have a huge impact on preparing our children for adulthood. Engaging our children in the rich language of books and storytelling will improve their communication and interaction.


· To develop the prerequisites to reading through a range of approaches in the pursuit of meaning e.g., objects, pictures, symbols, signs, sounds and simple words.

· To develop the ability to attend, anticipate, respond and interact

· To increase communication and language through a rich variety of reading vocabulary.

· To offer opportunities for enjoyment through inclusive reading.

· To develop social interactions through meaningful and imaginative experiences of reading.

· To encompass a “Total Communication” approach to reading.

· To excite our pupils with the texts and stories we offer them

· To model reading for pleasure to all our pupils on every Pathway

· To reward all pupils for Love of reading

Implementation – Overview

· We have created time every day for Love of Reading: our pupils on our Challenge and Believe pathways spend some time enjoying reading during their wellbeing sessions; our EYFS pupils and the pupils on our Explore and Inspire Pathways enjoy a variety of stories, in different multisensory forms, throughout the day.

· Every classroom has a ‘Reading Area’ appropriate to the needs of the pupils: class-based groups in their usual classroom; sensory reading areas used by some learners on the PMLD pathway; subject based reading areas. These areas will promote reading for pleasure and will be reviewed and updated through the year.

· The class-based reading area will have carefully chosen, age-appropriate reading resources based on the class group and the needs of the individual.

· All classes will provide outline planning for the Love of Reading sessions.

PMLD Inspire Pathway

· Love of Reading is delivered through immersing our PMLD learners in reading opportunities through: Story sharing, massage communication/stories, story box, Intensive interaction, sensory stories, story books, books without words, audio stories (in different languages), digital stories, Attention Autism, photo books (family, routines, visits) guided meditation, cloth books, talking books, objects of reference and symbols.

· A Love of Reading is developed by promoting a community of sharing stories to develop social interactions with wider learners, exploring sensory stories with other children on different pathways, ensuring opportunities are always available and accessible and finally using playful practice from attentive, familiar adults.

· Reading and story sharing rewards are implemented immediately dependent on the motivators of the learner.

EYFS and SLD Explore Pathway

· Love of Reading is developed by using cross-curricular thematic stories, poems, songs, rhymes, call and response games, story sacks, symbolised reading books, story sharing, sensory stories, picture books, audio stories, digital stories and photo books (family, routines, visits).

· Developing enthusiasm for reading through the cross curricular, thematic curriculum enables learners to develop social interactions encompassing drama, song, poetry and music. All SLD classes to share favourite stories written by famous authors each half term e.g Julia Donaldson, Nick Sharatt, Tony Mitton, Kaye Umansky which include lots of repetition and rhyme. Opportunities to watch stories on screen to emphasise the power of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic literacy.

· Reading rewards for the Explore Pathway to be implemented through the Treasure Chests – coming soon!

Primary Challenge, Challenge and Believe Pathway

Modelling a Love of Reading and stories – this will be different dependent on the age and needs of the children on these pathways:

· Reading a text to the whole class based on interest and comprehension level.

· Splitting the class into age groups: reading different texts to the different groups. This could be a longer novel or a story every session or week. The text could be repeated over several sessions.

· One-to-one reading with adult and pupil whilst the bigger group read together.

· Some of our more fluent readers like to read independently but most of our pupils love a good story read to them.

· Exploring books together.

· Using a story telling voice and encourage the pupils to join in – make it fun and playful using props.

· Could be an opportunity for reading their reading stage phonics book but this must always be one-to-one with an adult.

· Reading reward: The Reading Space race for those pupils on the Challenge Primary, Challenge and Believe Pathway – delivered through English lessons


Developing a Love of eading will:

· Promote wellbeing through excitement and anticipation of texts and activities.

· Promotes wellbeing by providing a relaxing activity within a stimulating environment.

· Promote inclusivity for all learners.

· Develop listening and attention skills.

· Develop all communication skills and communication systems.

· Improve vocabulary and language, reading skills such as inference and deduction which may transfer to spelling and writing skills for some of our pupils.

· Impact positively on Preparing for Adulthood outcomes.