Westleigh St Paul’s Primary School

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Reading for Pleasure

At St. Paul's we strive for all children to read for pleasure as well as for their learning. 

Reading aloud with a child, sharing a book together is powerful, it is joyful, and it has a deep and lasting effect. When we read to children in our classes, we are saying that reading matters to us, that we value books and want to make time for them in the busy school day. We also know that reading aloud is fun, that children love to hear stories, join in with well-loved phrases, pretend to be characters from books in their play. Reading aloud gives that to all our children.  

We’d like you to become part of a community of readers at St Paul’s. Of teachers, parents and carers who make time to read; who are curious and chatty about books and life; who connect to children through their interests and help them find books that are mirrors of their world and are windows into the larger world, the not yet known.  

We love reading at St Paul’s and we know you will put reading at the heart of what you do. We’d like to grow our love of reading as a community even more so that everybody reads!  

At St Paul’s we will:  

  • Make time to read aloud every day in every year group.  
  • Allow all children to enjoy our wonderful library.
  • Support parents and carers in snuggling up with their children to instil a love of reading as a family.  
  • Grow your knowledge of children’s literature by recommending the best books to entice children to become readers for life.   


We know reading matters. Join us to help your children love reading and become readers for life.