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The Library

The New Library- reading for pleasure



In 2016, we opened a ‘Read for Pleasure’ room at Manor Oak. This new library is based on ideas proposed by the School Council and has utilised the money raised at the Summer and Christmas fairs. Children from all year groups have been involved in its design and implementation. Every child has been given the opportunity to ask for the books that they would like in this area (and I have managed to get most, if not all, of them!). The School Council have then had a further hand in its design, ensuring that it is a cosy and inviting place to relax and read.


Why read for pleasure?
Like anything else, reading is a skill that becomes better with practice. Reading for pleasure is critical for ensuring that the practice needed to become fluent becomes part of the learners’ everyday life, and is not just seen as a classroom-based activity.

There are a range of benefits gained from reading for pleasure:

  • it increases sense of achievement, confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness
  • it widens horizons
  • it develops relationships and promotes inclusion and empathy through sharing opinions and ideas
  • it prevents boredom and promotes relaxation.


It is vital that children enjoy reading and motivation is essential in this. Our new ‘Reading for Pleasure’ room has certainly got all of the children talking and they couldn't wait to start using it. Each year group (from Year 1 – 6) have the chance to access it during a lunch time in the week. Reception and Nursery take groups of children to it during lesson times. Other year groups may use it during lesson times as well.


Click here to see photographs of our new library.