Stimulating reading activities for primary

Sian Evans
03rd February 2017
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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? And, for less enthusiastic readers, try out these unique ways of getting them excited about the written word.

KS1 resources

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.

KS2 resources

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. 

Resources for reluctant readers

Watch this informative video explaining a variety of different strategies for motivating readers, including ideas for sprucing up your book corner.

Add a competitive element to your literacy classes and focus lower-ability students on any reading task with this football-themed game, in which teams work together to tackle their opponents by completing word challenges. 

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

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