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Celebrating Reading

It has been a pleasure to visit classes already this year and see so many pupils reading books for pleasure.


“Reading is an exercise in empathy. An exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.”

Malorie Blackman


Reading daily improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking. 


All pupils who attend Burnside are expected to read for 15 minutes at home every day. This may be to a parent, other adult or independently, if able. Teachers will be checking pupils' reading records and signing them weekly to ensure that this is happening and will be following up with pupils and parents when it is not. 


As well as signing their reading record every day and writing the name of the book and pages they've read, we would like to encourage pupils and parents to discuss new words they come across and discuss the meanings of these together.


We will be making our final decisions on how we celebrate World Book Day this year in consultation with the Reading Leaders.  Please look out for further details on this next week!

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