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Reading for Purpose and Pleasure

Reading for purpose and pleasure

Reading is something we value greatly and put at the center of everything we do at HDHS. For many reasons students often choose to opt out of reading. At HDHS we are trying to change that mindset and we are developing a culture of reading at our school. The research shows that students who read on average twenty minutes a day are far more successful than students who read less than twenty minutes a day or don’t read. See the posters below on ‘The Twenty’:

Please participate in encouraging students to get their ‘Twenty’ every day. This does not have to be twenty minutes of consecutive reading but at least twenty minutes in total of reading every day. In the same way that people talk about getting their ‘Five a Day’ or how many ‘Steps’ they achieved, we want parents, teachers and most importantly students, openly and regularly discussing their ‘Twenty’.

As a school:

  1. Students are given an opportunity to independently read for at least five minutes in every lesson throughout the day
  2. Homework is often related to reading
  3. All Year 7 and Year 8 students are expected to have reading material on them at all times as part of their expected reading and to read at any available opportunity. An example of this is that students read in assembly while waiting for it to commence. Every opportunity is taken to achieve ‘The Twenty’.

There will be lots of initiatives throughout the year to promote the value of reading and develop a culture of reading at HDHS. We appreciate any suggestions or ideas you have to support the work we are doing. There are two major strands to our reading school:

  1. Reading for purpose- we read to get information and learn more.
  2. Reading for pleasure- we read to escape, hide from the world,enjoy the world, feel an array of emotions, be imaginative……….

Any questions, suggestions, or ideas, please contact me by email at
Assistant Headteacher

HDHS Literacy Calendar

HDHS Literacy Calendar 2020

Parent Guide for Reluctant Readers

HDHS Parent Guide for Reluctant Readers

Recommended Read of the Fortnight

‘Monster’, by Walter Dean Myers, is an intriguing, thought provoking and moving story about a young man accused of a crime.Is he guilty or is he innocent?
This book has proved to be very popular with HDHS students. Like all good stories, it links to other classics such as our Yr 9 Expected Read ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and the play ‘Noughts and Crosses’ studied by our Year 7s in the summer term.