Stimulating reading activities for primary

Sian Evans
23rd February 2018
Stimulating reading activities for primary pupils to encourage reading for pleasure

Inspire primary pupils to fall in love with reading and discover new ways of motivating reluctant readers

With World Book Day on the horizon, it's an ideal time to engage learners with popular stories and memorable characters that will leave them wanting to read more.

Why not take advantage of this hand-picked selection of innovative book-based activities, to get your class excited about the written word? 

KS1 resources

Kick-start your thinking with this informative video, in which experts share a variety of different strategies for motivating readers, including ideas for sprucing up your book corner.

Enlist the help of your class to find out who left incriminating footprints in the messy classroom with this imaginative task, inspired by The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Packed full of reading, writing and drawing activities, dive deeper into the world of The Rainbow Fish with this comprehensive booklet

Alternatively, get students re-reading sentences of The Little Red Hen in this simple card game, which simultaneously improves their fluency and ability to recognise high frequency words.


Teachers TV: Foundation Reading

Wouldn't it be great if teachers had the opportunity to produce their own videos and have them broadcast on Teachers' TV? Well, that's what Action! Teacher Video is all about and in this episode you can see a video created by Heather Ravenhall called, 'How to Motivate Reluctant Readers'. This video features some action research carried out at Greet Primary School in Birmingham. It looks into different methods and strategies to encourage children at Foundation level to read and enjoy books. Presenter Xanthe Steen is joined in the studio by Heather, education consultant Adrienne Jones and teacher Chris Horn, to discuss the project. They talk about what the research has revealed to date and the strategies that have proved successful. They also consider the wider implications of using Teacher Video for recording and assessment of children's learning and for teacher CPD. See the resources and support materials page for links related to this programme.
By Teachers TV

Tiger who came to tea resources

I have now added the lesson plans that I created around the tiger who came to tea work I planned a session where the children found a classroom a mess of food and paw prints -who could it be? We then became detectives and created witness reports, clue lists and created shopping lists of the items we needed to replace. We then made simple bar charts to record his favourite food item. When we discovered who had eaten our food we went on to think of how the characters felt and much more. I am also willing to send on my planning if interested.
By squish831

the rainbow fish activity booklet

this is a fun PDF activity booklet based on the book the rainbow fish. it contains literacy (such as dictionary or word work) and numeracy (such as spot the odd one out task) activities and is great topic work.
By kayld

Little Red Hen reading game

A simple card game for small groups (3 -5 pupils works best). This game gives pupils the opportunity to re-read sentences within a game context, improving their fluency and automatic word recognition. Game instructions are in the lesson plan. You will need one copy of the template and one copy of the cards for each player. I also have game cards for Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs. For more resources please visit
By EarlyYrsEnglish

KS2 resources

Before, during and after reading any story, use this fiction question dice to provoke discussion about first impressions, characters’ feelings and reflections on endings.

Uncover more about The Iron Man with help from this guided reading booklet, which encourages discussion, creative writing and chapter-by-chapter analysis. Similarly, give pupils the opportunity to record their thoughts while reading Treasure Island using this student journal as a supportive document. 

For something a bit different, this Where the Wild Things Are lesson plan sets up a creative session requiring students to come up with interesting ways to describe the beasts to their peers. 


Fiction Reading Question DIce

I created these and gave them to my staff. They each were given three for their particular key stage (You will see I put Year 3 in with KS1. I also gave that teacher the KS2 cards as well. I might later create some KS3 for use in year 5/6) Each teacher has a dice for before reading, during and after. They can be used during guided reading or when reading in pairs without a teacher or in a 1-1 situation.
By hanaprice

The Iron Man Guided Reading

Suggested questions and activities for The Iron Man as a Guided Reading text
By trivandrum

Treasure Island Reading Journal

A reading journal based on R.L Stevenson’s novel. Used with Y5/6 class and they really enjoyed it once they got past the tricky language.

By liz_alston2004

Where the Wild Things Are

Lesson plan based on the famous book. A fun session creating 'wild things' and using interesting adjectives to describe them. Pupils are also asked to write a short story, practising their writing skills. Enjoyable session combining art, descriptions and story-telling. Examples of finished 'wild things' are also included. Please comment if you liked/used this resource!
By knittedowl

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