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Key Stage 2 Reading Survey
We gave the children a questionnaire so that we could gather some information about attitudes to reading and the material that children enjoy reading. As a school, we are always striving to improve what we do and are constantly looking for ways to encourage the more reluctant readers and to stretch the more able readers. Our main findings were:
- Slightly more girls than boys enjoy reading
- There was no significant differences between boys and girls when they marked themselves out of 10 for reading ability/attainment.
- 62% children graded themselves as 8 or above for reading ability/attainment
- Boys preferred reading magazines to girls. 17 boys read them at least 2 or 3 times a week (9 girls)
- 62% of children never/almost never read newspapers, 48% never/almost never read websites/blogs/emails
- Twice as many boys read comics than girls at least 2/3 times a week
- The most popular reading material with both boys and girls were fiction books
- 46% of children read factual books at least 2/3 times a week
- Poems were read less than other material. Only 7% read poems daily or almost daily
- 75% children felt that they read enough, 21% would like to read more
- 55% said they would read more if they had more time
- 48% said they would read more if they had more books
- The attitudes about reading were not significantly different for boys and girls. The vast majority of children were very positive
- 70% of children said that they read for fun
- 39% felt that it gave them a break
- 45% felt that it would help them to get a job
- The replies showed that both boys and girls realised the importance of reading as a skill
- 70% had been to their local library with their family.
We have recently moved the area to work area, which is just outside the KS2 classes. This will mean that it is more accessible and can be more frequently used at lunchtime and during lessons. We will be further developing this further to provide lunchtime library sessions for the children so they have more opportunity to read. We will be using the results of the survey to help us purchase reading resources that we know will appeal to the children and enthuse them.