Since the beginning of the school year, during classroom reading lessons, teachers have been working closely with students to develop READING STAMINA. Developing READING STAMINA is the process of building up the capacity to concentrate and read for longer periods of time. Maintaining this concentration enables students to have improved comprehension of the content of the text they have read, applying this new knowledge to their learning. An example of this success is evidenced from students in Year 3 who had the ability to read continuously for 5 minutes at the beginning of the year (on average), maintaining concentration during this time. Through the ongoing work on developing student reading stamina in class, Year 3 students can now read continuously and comprehend the text for approximately 30 minutes. This improved ability has impacted directly on our student's ability to READ TO LEARN. Research clearly states that the way to improve reading is to increase the amount of practise we have with it. I encourage parents to continue this work at home, reading to, with, or allowing time for independent reading time for children before or after school.