This Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day, a highlight of our calendar. At St. Martin’s Prep, our children’s relationship with reading and literature has a large impact on their learning and development both in and outside of the classroom. Evidence suggests thatchildren who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
We endeavour to instil a love of reading early on, with children being encouraged to find joy in reading and books from the Early Years. From as soon as our pupils enter school, our team of inspiring teachers share the magic of stories, books and reading. Discussions, activities and a wide variety of literature - both fiction and non-fiction - mean our children have enriching experiences relating to books and reading, bringing out interest, passion and engagement.
Learning should not just happen in school: we encourage all of our pupils, parents and families to develop a love of reading and books at home. Spend time sharing what each of you are reading, use downtime to read together and foster a home and culture that involves reading, books and all the magic that they bring.