Reading for Pleasure

Welcome to the new web page dedicated to Reading for Pleasure. Did you know that there is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life?

At St Thomas More School we want to encourage all our pupils to develop a life long love for reading.

This page will show you some of the things we do in school to promote reading and will provide information for parents and carers to help them support their children with reading.

For more information on reading for pleasure, see this link from the Reading Agency.
Reading Agency

New Year, New Books – Library Update 2018

We have yet more brand new books in our school library – all funded through the School Friends Association. There are some wonderful titles by fantastic authors that we hope the children will enjoy and recommend to their friends.


We have some brand new titles in our school library – all with a Christmas theme. Thank you to the Friends for funding this purchase. We will be looking to buy more titles in the new year. Watch this space!
Thank you to those children who volunteered to review some of the books also!

It is National Non-Fiction November. This month we are encouraging our children to choose one of the many exciting non-fiction titles that we have available in our school library.
Children are also invited to take part in a competition inspired by Lots (Walker Books, 2017).

The aim will be to create posters using either A4 or A3 sized paper, which reflect this year’s theme for National Non-Fiction November. The posters can celebrate the beauty of the world around us, whether near to home or further afield; or they can convey a message about our need to take care of and protect the world. They can focus on a single plant or animal, or feature a particular natural environment. You are welcome to use any media you would like – pencils, crayons, pastels, paints, or collage, for example.

We are looking for creativity and originality, as well as powerful messages expressed in images and words. Posters must be returned to school with the child’s name, age and school on the back and handed in to the class teacher or Mrs Machin by Friday 1st December.

There will be a prize awarded for each age group, plus an overall winner. The prizes will consist of signed books and prints, and for the overall winner a visit by Nicola Davies to their book group, school or library.

The winners will be announced in January 2018.
For more information please see

Miss Coleman has started the lunchtime Chatterbooks club. The children visited Kidlington library on Thursday to choose books based on their chosen themes and to join the library if they are not already members. Everyone is looking forward to reading their new books and discussing them next week.

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