So even if our lovely Year 6s complete their equally lovely SATS reading test this year at greater depth but they are reading books few and far between we're not doing our job. If they haven't experienced the wealth of amazing children's literature that is available FREE to them all we are not doing our job. If we don't read I hate to say it to add more pressure but we're really not doing our job. If teachers can only name Michael Morpurgo, Roald Dahl, J K Rowling and Jacqueline Wilson as key authors we're not doing our job. You can't really have a pretend SATS orientated reading culture in schools....it's got nothing to do with SATS and testing, it's to do with giving our young people access to books, imagining and a life long love of reading.
Don't forgo your libraries for SATS text books....build them up, make them into treasure chests, let your children know they can go to those treasure chests FOR FREE for the rest of their lives. What better gift can we give?
READING FOR PLEASURE IS READING FOR LIFE