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Reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success (Organisation for Economic cooperation and development (OECD, 2002)

Research has found that reading to 4–5-year-olds regularly to help develop a love of reading early, leads to higher levels of attainment in reading, mathematics and cognitive skills by the age 8–9.

Here at Flamstead End, we are placing a huge focus on Reading for Pleasure across the school as a way to bridge the vocabulary gap and enthuse pupils to become lifelong readers.

At Flamstead we develop a reading for pleasure culture by:

  • Reading a class reading book daily.
  • Having a well-stocked library with levelled books targeted for all readers.
  • Reader teachers that can make book recommendations to their pupils.
  • Learn about a diverse range of authors through our ‘Author of the month’ assemblies and displays.
  • Weekly library slots for parents to choose books with their child.
  • Author visits
  • Targetted reading interventions for lower attainers to  maintain their love of reading.


Life long reader

We believe that being able to read is more important than ever before. It’s the cornerstone of your child’s education as well as being a release from the negativity they face in the world around them.


As a research based school, we keep up to date research and government advice on how best to develop a reading for pleasure culture.


The Reading Framework 2023

The Open University - Reading for Pleasure

EEF - Improving literacy in KS2


For more information on how we teach reading at Flamstead End School, please look at the English subject page or try the links below to useful external websites.


For recommended reading lists organised by year group or topic, follow this link to

Use the book finder on the Book Trust website to help you find your child's next reading book

For lots of information about fiction, non-fiction and audio books, visit

For book recommendations aimed at your child's year group visit

For how to open up a free Hertfordshire library account and gain access to digital books for your tablets via BorrowBox visit