Reading for All

Why Read?

Love it or loathe it, reading is one of the most important skills you can have. Most of us can quite readily read notices, web pages, instructions, worksheets, etc as part of our everyday routines. In fact, we don’t really think about it!


What about reading for leisure? How many of us spend even a few minutes of the day reading something (book, magazine, newspaper, etc) for enjoyment? Getting lost in a novel can bring escape from the realities of everyday life. Delving into an information book for fun can improve your knowledge without the pressure of having to learn it for school work or exams.

To find out about things

To read and understand Instructions

For entertainment and leisure

Reading a well-chosen book or text will help to:

  • improve your reading
  • widen vocabulary
  • make a big difference to your spelling and punctuation
  • stimulate imagination
  • improve understanding
  • improve general knowledge
  • increase confidence in writing
  • encourage creativity
  • encourage faster reading (useful in exams)
  • improve overall literacy
  • enhances ability to focus & concentrate
  • helps to accept other cultures or religions

Curriculum for Excellence defines a text:

“a text is the medium through which ideas, experiences, opinions and information can be communicated.” (Literacy Across Learning: Principles and Practice, p4)

Reading is traditionally associated with the printed word on paper, which is the main focus of the reading record but note that you can ‘read’ other types of ‘text’.These include:

novels, short stories, plays, poems, comics, newspapers and magazines, reference texts, web pages, films, games and TV programmes, text messages, blogs and social networking sites, catalogues and directories, the spoken word, advertisements, promotional leaflets, charts, maps, graphs and timetables, labels, signs and posters, CVs, letters and emails, recipes, manuals and instructions, reports and reviews

Reading for All
In 2004 a grant application was submitted to the scottish Executive for a ‘Home Reading Initiative Grant’. The school library received a very welcome £2000 for start-up costs for sustainable projects linked to home reading. The basis for the grant application was a project named ‘Reading for All’ in which resources were purchased that would encourage pupils to read both at home and school, in particular to read for leisure. It funded a variety of reading materials chosen after pupil consultation including audio books and magazines which will encourage pupils of all abilities, regardless of gender, disability or background, to extend their reading for pleasure at home and within the school. A parents’ guide to reading indicating how they can help their children extend their skills by supporting reading at home was also been developed and has since been updated.

The legacy of this 2004 grant remains as the Librarian continues to promote reading for leisure through a variety of methods including special events celebrating World Book Day and National Poetry Day as well as themed displays in the library and shadowing book awards such as the Stan Lee Excelsior Award for Graphic Novels and Manga.