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We Love Reading

A positive relationship with reading breeds success.

Here at Halewood Academy - we believe that reading provides opportunities to learn, enjoy and imagine. These key areas enhance a child's ability to be successful.

In the words of Dr Seuss: 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

It is for this reason that we are passionate about reading and are working towards becoming a 'Reading School'. This means that at Halewood Academy, we are developing the relationship between our school’s reading culture and our children’s attainment. We are focused on how reading for pleasure can be organised to support all children to become confident, keen and capable readers. This in turn will have a  constructive effect on our children's academic achievements.

In order to support our students' love of reading, we encourage students to read for pleasure regularly. All students in years 7 to 9 take part in one 15 minute Drop Everything And Read session a week, in which they read a chosen book in silence. We also use a variety of class readers with year 7 and 8 classes in both English and Literacy, to promote engagement with a range of literary texts. Examples of these class readers include...

Year 7 English

  • The Savage by David Almond

  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

  • An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Year 7 Literacy

  • Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

Year 8 English

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

Year 8 Literacy

  • Wonder by R J Palacio

To support our vision - we would be encouraged if you promoted the love of reading at home. There is no need to worry about buying books - they can be borrowed from the school Learning Resource Centre, local libraries, or the fiction, poetry and 'aspirational readers' shelves in Miss Archer's classroom - HB3.

Please have a look at the links below and the resources below to support you child's love of reading.

If you need any further advice - please contact Miss Archer - Literacy Co-ordinator.