Research and Background Reading

There is a wealth of research reviewing the principles of reading. This is a great place to help you find key messages to send home. Empower parents to not get hung up on just getting through the book sent home as homework, but to be inspired to engage in reading activities.  Help parents to know they have options and ideas about reading that can actually work.


Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) support for word reading and comprehension

In November 2021 the EEF produced The Reading Comprehension House, which serves to illustrate how other building blocks for reading underpin word reading and comprehension. This graphic was produced as part of their Improving Literacy at Key Stage 2 update.

IMPROVING LITERACY IN KEY STAGE 2 – The reading comprehension house


Active Reading

Reading is often referred to as the invisible process as ‘good readers’ appear to have a natural ability to make sense of reading without a visible process. However, to ensure reading success for all, it is essential to break this process down to enable all learners to acquire the necessary skills for reading success.  In 2018 a group of Bolton Schools worked together to produce visuals that could be used to support the teaching and learning of discrete reading skills.

Reading for Pleasure

While learning discrete reading skills is vital, recent research into reading shows that developing positive attitudes towards reading can also play a key role in children’s development


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The Open University Reading for Pleasure

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

The Book Trust

The Book Trust -Top tips on how to get every child reading for pleasure


For Parents

What-to-expect-in-the-EYFS-complete-FINAL-16.09-compressed.pdf (