Book Benches

The Book bench project is a creative way to explore the development of children’s engagement with reading through discussion, collaboration and art.

Student reading to children on book bench

As teacher educators, we see it as our role to demonstrate the importance of working in partnership with schools and their communities to promote the love of reading more widely.

Research has consistently shown that reading for enjoyment has a significant positive impact on children’s progress, not only in literacy but across the curriculum. We believe that decorating book benches with scenes and characters from stories is a great way to encourage young people to read more widely and enjoy what they read.”

St James Head Teacher Claire Greenway “We’ve really enjoyed being a part of the book bench project and all the children involved get a lot out of creating the benches. The children decide which book they want the bench to be about and then do all their own research to come up with ideas for drawings on the bench”.

Students are given the opportunity to work with schools and the wider community and to develop their knowledge and understanding of children’s literature. Cremin et al’s ( 2009) work, researching teachers as readers, emphasises the positive impact on children’s engagement with reading when they are taught by teachers who read and who  have a strong knowledge of children’s texts.

Eleanor Haeford studying BA (Hons)Primary Education with QTS

“It really helped me develop my knowledge of how to encourage reading for pleasure and gave me the experience of how to incorporate books into the classroom. It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of.”

Once created the book benches are positioned in Chorley Town Centre to form a trail and the  wider community are encouraged to participate through completing the book bench trail quiz

Want to find out more on reading for pleasure? 

Visit the Department for Educations research on Reading for pleasure. 

This project aligns to the Faculty’s vision to inspire, innovate and transform. This project also aligns to the ITE Pillars; subject knowledge and pedagogy. 

Want to know more? Contact Sharon Stelling.

7 people dressed up to celebrate the book benches project

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