KS2 Reading Survey Autumn 2020 KIBBLESWORTH ACADEMY

The importance of reading

In October 2020, pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 were asked to complete an online survey to find out about their reading habits and attitudes to reading.

The questions followed the same format as previous surveys to guage how our work on reading and reading for pleasure was impacting.

How much do you enjoy reading?

The vast majority of pupils questioned were positive about reading, with only 2% of pupils stating they did not enjoy reading at all (KS2 only) This has decreased from 5% in the previous survey. 55% of pupils said they loved reading, again an increase from the last survey with 80% being positive about the exprience.

Reading engagement has also increased dramatically since the launch of Reading Rails with average engagement across the school up by 295% on the same period last year. (11.5m words read on AR tests against 3.4m words last year (Nov 20)

How good a reader are you?

66% of pupils consider themselves to be a good reader, broadly in line with the last survey. 24% considered themselves to be excellent readers, which reinforces the positive attitude pupils have in general to their reading.

Reading preferences

This survey has seen an increase of 5% in a preference towards non fiction texts, possibly due to a greater availability of quality non fiction texts through the Cornerstones topics and also the introduction of MyOn. 48% of pupils stated that their preference depended on their mood, showing that many pupils will vary their reading habits. Test results show this with many of out strongest readers happily switching between fiction and non fiction texts.

Do you read enough?

60% of pupils feel that they read enough and are happy with the level at which they are reading, with an additonal 32% wishing they could read more, broadly in line with the last survey. Given the increase in engagement time, it is encouraging to find that children feel they are reading at broadly the right level for them.

Only reading when asked to do so

75% of pupils disagreed with the idea of only reading when they have to as the majority of children now see reading as something to do for pleasure - it is not a chore.

Reading is for girls?

4% of KS2 pupils thought reading was for girls, which has done down from 9% last time. This is reflected in the fact that in terms of engagement, four of our top six pupils in terms of reading engagement times across KS2 are boys. Reading is seen as something for everyone and the vast majority of pupils aspire to be confident readers.

Reading is boring

7% of pupils who responded thought that reading was boring. This figure has decreaed from 20% last time the survey was undertaken, underlining the developing positive attitudes towards reading which extist across the school.

Reading at home

94% of KS2 pupils said they did read at home, this having increased from 86% of pupils last time they were questioned.

Reading at school

91% of KS2 pupils enjoy the chance to read in school and see this as a treat and positive experience. This has increased from 77% of pupils when questioned last time.

Accelerated Reader

61% of pupils thought that Accelerated Reader made them more likely to read, this being down from a figure of 70% last time. Given the strong attitudes to reading across KS2, it may be that pupils now enjoy reading for pleasure, and this combined with other motivations, such as Reading Rails and Myon, creates a climate less dependent on one product or service, and a more intrinsic motivation for reading.


83% of pupils enjoyed taking quizes with only 4% commenting that it was something they didn't enjoy. This compared to last time when 73% of pupils agreed that they liked taking AR quizes, with 14% disagreeing with the statement. AR quizes are seen as a low-stake way of building their word count totals and as a natural way of finishing a book.

Do I know what to do to improve?

The majority of pupils know what to do to improve their reading, with 76% stating that they were clear in this area. 8% of pupils in KS2 did state that they were unclear as to how to improve their reading. This is an area which will require further investigation over the coming term.

I read because...

25% of pupils said they read because they had to, although the same pupils also indicated that it was fun and helped them learn new things, so reading because they had to should not be seen as the prime motivation for reading.

Do you like e-reading?

A new question for this survey due to the increase in e-texts and the adoption of MyOn to support home reading during lockdown. 67% of pupils said they did like using e-readers and MyOn as it gave them a wider range of texts and was particularly good for topic work and non-fiction. Some pupils did comment that they still preferred a paper text as "you can't use a kindle in the bath!"

Do you like Reading Rails?

90% of pupils thought Reading Rails was a positive addition to school this year and motivated them to read. Many liked the way you could collect stickers and choose from a range of lines. Some children noted that it had made them read different things and books that they wouldn't usually have chosen. Engagement levels indicate that Reading Rails has been well received and has broadened out reading across the school.

Do you like reading challenges and competitions?

86% of pupils said they liked the reading challenges and had engaged with them across the first term. This included sticker collection and also the Reading Rails themed line competitions. Our first themed competition was linked to the Roald Dahl Line and his birthday in September, and this resulted in three of the top five most read books in September and October being written by Roald Dahl. We also saw an increase in more challenging texts in UKS2 through our focus on the War Line where children in Years 5 and 6 engaged with titles such as Hero on a Bicycle, War Horse and Goodnight Mr Tom as a result of the challenge. With such a positive response the challenges will continue across the year.

Reading Engagement levels

As previously mentioned, Reading engagement is up consistently across KS2 with over 11.5 million words read by the start of September. This is a three fold increase on the previous academic year. In three out of the four KS2 classes, boys have the highest word counts and engagement levels, with our first Reading Millionaire being one of them. Reading is seen to be a positive choice by boys and girls across the school. A clear structure for the teaching of reading in KS2 will ensure that progress continues to be made on decoding and comprehension which in turn breeds confidence, increases engagement, and overall attitudes to reading.