Welcome to the 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 the link below from the Reading Agency:



The fact-packed science and technology magazine!

How It Works is the action-packed science and technology magazine bursting with exciting information about our universe.

Thank you to the Friends who have funded a subscription for this fantastic educational resource to promote reading for pleasure and learning.

 Children will have the chance to read the magazines in class and use them in lessons to support the Curriculum. If you are interested in subscribing to this magazine at home, please see https://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/hiw/


Books to commemorate Armistice Day

This week in school, children will be commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Books can be a brilliant way to ignite interest in and teach children about great moments in history. Here are some fictional and factual books to help young readers understand the significance and importance of this day. Click on the link below to find out more about these books.






Thank you to the Friends for funding the purchase of some brand new non-fiction books to support our Curriculum for next year. Each key stage has hard copies of beautiful books to be used in History, Geography, Science and Literacy.




Thumbnail image for mischief makers english&bw final-3.png


What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading all year round: find new books to read, take part in competitions and play games.

The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 11. It is completely free and last year over three quarters of a million children took part in libraries across the UK.

Every year the Challenge has a new theme. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers. Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help young readers solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

How does the Summer Reading Challenge work?


The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

A recent report published by Oxford University Press in May 2018, Why the Word Gap Matters , revealed that there’s an increasing number of children at primary and secondary school who have a limited vocabulary – a word gap. During the research, 67% of primary school teachers said that broadening pupils’ vocabulary is a high priority. Find out more about the report, why the word gap matters and what you can do at home to help your child’s vocabulary in our blog post: The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home.



Many children in Year 4 are enjoying reading about their favourite football players at the moment. They are eagerly reading and then swapping books about Ronaldo, Neymar, Sanchez and Messi etc. It is encouraging to see so many children reading for pleasure and discussing their books with one another. Remember – reading is good for you and has a positive impact on emotional well being as well as improving knowledge and vocabulary.

For more information on encouraging your children to read, please see the link below.


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 http://www.fcbg.org.uk/national-non-fiction-november-2017-competition/




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.

Translate »