For years, we’ve known that the amount of independent reading students do contributes to their reading skills. Children who read more tend to learn more vocabulary, become more proficient readers, find reading more enjoyable, and thus continue to read more and become ever better readers. Only in the past decade, however, have researchers begun to uncover that it’s not just how much students read that matters, but also what they read. In particular, students need to read and comprehend informational texts as often—and as fluently—as they do narrative texts. Non-fiction texts help children develop their background knowledge.
We love reading at Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School and this year we are focusing on developing our own non- fiction opportunities. Each class has received a new and exciting box of non-fiction books to explore, enjoy and discuss.