Reading Buddies is a programme in our school in which a year 6 pupil is paired with a younger pupil to read together. All of our reading buddies have received training in reading coaching skills and strategies along with how to keep a set of reading records.
A Reading Buddies program can help model good reading and promote an enjoyment of reading from an early age. As with any skill, reading needs to be practiced on a regular basis and with this practice as well as modelling, pupils can improve their own skills.
So far, there has been very positive feedback from both children and teachers. We hope to foster a love of reading, not just from adults to children, but also from children themselves.