Avenue Lockdown Library

Welcome to the Avenue Primary School Lockdown Library!


We want to make sure pupils are still reading for pleasure during lockdown – as we know how much regular reading habits can positively impact on children’s attainment in school.


Why is reading for pleasure important in lockdown?

  • Research shows that reading for fun improves children’s literacy – reading for enjoyment will support the literacy teaching your child is receiving remotely.
  • For relaxation and to ‘switch off’ - audiobooks can be a good break for the eyes as well!
  • For escapism – even young children are aware that this is a strange and worrying time. Books can provide a welcome escape into another world.


Access to Wiltshire Library eBooks


 Reading resources: Younger readers: EYFS and KS1


Reading resources: KS2


Author pages


What to read next?

  •  Looking for book recommendations for children who have been hooked in by a particular series or author and are ready to branch out? From Harry Potter and Tom Gates to Rainbow Magic and The Worst Witch – these posters suggest what to read next https://www.booksfortopics.com/branching-out


 Websites to explore new books


 Get creative – activity ideas linked to reading


How can I support my child’s reading?

  • Keep a reading routine in place where you listen to your child read, or read to them.
  • Take advantage of all the amazing free reading resources online during the lockdown!
  • Encourage children to switch off devices half an hour before they go to bed, and read instead. It’s a habit, and they only need 10-20 minutes a night regularly. Start with shorter times if needed. Taking away the blue light will also ensure that your child gets better quality sleep.
  • Use rewards to help motivate your child to read if they are reluctant, and praise and encourage them as they read.
  • Let them listen to audio books as an alternative.
  • https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/ - Is full of ideas to help you support children from babies up to 11 year old children with literacy at home - includes downloadable resources, video clips, recommended websites and apps.