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Ideas to foster a love of reading in primary-age students

How can we continue to foster a love of reading and books during lockdown and remote/bleaned learning? Dr Sarah McGeown offers some tips and ideas


We have all had our resilience tested in different ways over the last year, but witnessing the impact of the pandemic on our children has been particularly difficult. They have not just missed out on teaching hours, but playing with friends during breaks, and the structure that the school day brings.

A report released by Ofsted in November highlighted the damaging effects of school closures and lockdown, with some children losing their stamina in reading and writing, physical fitness and/or showing signs of mental distress.

It is important, as we continue to navigate national lockdown and blended learning, that we explore the different ways to support children’s learning and emotional wellbeing while they are unable to see their teachers and friends in person. Interestingly, reading books actually offers opportunities to do both. However, children often do not choose to read books in their own time.

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