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Creating a love for Reading...

Reading is essential to making progress across the curriculum.


Reading helps reduce stress!

20 books+ of your own at home can give you 3 more years of schooling!

20 minutes or reading a day = 1,800,000 words a year

Children who read 1,000,000 words a year are in the top 2% of reading achievement

Children learn 4,000 to 12,000 words a year through reading

Every single book counts—just one book a day means 1,825 books by their 5th birthday!

What do we do at Hillsgrove to help with Reading?


We have had 2 new libraries built and decorated - each class gets a session in their library each week to explore their interests


Reading records - we encourage at least 10 minutes or reading a day


We cover phonics from day 1 in Reception. We follow and use the Read Write Inc scheme


We run termly phonics workshops to help parents teach phonics and support children's learning


We run termly reading afternoons where parents and carers can come in to school and read with their children!


Reading buddies help us to teacher reading to less confident pupils in Key Stage 1 - a job they take very seriously in order to build confidene and enjoyment in reading


AIR (Accountable Independent Reading): A Hillsgrove approach to developing vocabulary where we tackle challenging texts as a class and drill down on learning new vocabulary and how to use it


We spent £6,500 on books for our new libraries this year!


We take part in 200 million minutes reading challenge each year


Charlton Athletic FC worked with SEND pupils to develop a love of reading


Able readers attend author workshops each year in Bexley


We celebrate World Book Day each year!

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A HUGE thank-you to all of the parents who bought books this term at Travelling Books! This helps raise an amazing amount of funds that we put directly back in to resources for English but more importantly, helps build up your child's love for reading - THANK YOU!

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