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Reading at Hillyfield

We LOVE reading at Hillyfield and this is the place to find out all about the exciting things that are happening in school.
You will also find some helpful links and advice about reading at home, a photo gallery and much, much more.

  • Reading at Hillyfield

    The adults and children at Hillyfield love reading! Below is a photo gallery of us enjoying reading at Hillyfield. Please check back each week to see new photos of reading mornings and children and staff being ‘caught reading’ around school. We are also hoping to start adding some videos of teachers and children reading from their favourite books so keep your eyes peeled for those!


    Reading Mornings
    Every Thursday morning parents, families and carers are invited to join their children for reading morning in their class. This is an excellent opportunity to spend some time reading with your child and enjoy a book with them in their classrooms.
    Teachers will also be using these sessions to model some of the school’s approaches to teaching reading, which will give you ideas of how to support your child at home. Reading morning starts at 8:40 as soon as your children go into class and continues until 9:05 when they will begin their first lesson of the day. 

  • Reading at Hillyfield

    The Readathon is here!!
    The great ‘Hillyfield Readathon’ will take place over half term and is an amazing opportunity to get our children reading more and also to raise money for new books for the school. On the last day before half term, the children will come home with a letter and a sponsorship form. We would like them to collect sponsorship to read a new book over the holidays! Please help them to choose an appropriate book to read and collect as much sponsorhip as the can over the holidays, ready to bring back on Monday 3rd June. Happy reading! 
    Playground reading- enjoy a book in the sunshine!
    After the half term, the children should notice brand new reading areas popping up in the playgrounds at both sites. Led by our fabulous Reading Champions, these areas will give children the chance to enjoy a book in the playground at break and lunchtime. Check back for photos after half term!

  • Reading at Home

    ‘’After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.’’  Philip Pullman

    Reading at home is extremely important and it is vital that you spend some time each evening reading with your child. This could be reading them a story before bed or listening to them reading from their banded book. Your child should be bringing home a banded book from their class book corner.

    It is important that you or they remember to record their comments about the book into their Reading Record and that they change their book regularly. Books are changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please remind your child to do this and talk to your class teacher if you have any questions.

    Below is a copy of our ‘Home Reading Expectations’ bookmark, which will help guide your reading with your child.

    ‘The Rights of the Reader’ by Daniel Pennac also provides a lovely guide to how children read, reminding us that everyone has the right to read and the right not to read if they are not in the right mood. Reading should be enjoyable and not something that is forced so remember to make reading with your child fun and allow them a break if they need it.

  • Useful Links

    https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/walthamstow-library-plus Walthamstow Library’s website
    www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home  A fantastic website with lots of free resources for supporting reading at home
    www.booksforkeeps.co.uk Another great place to go for recommendations of books and lots more
    https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/ Another fantastic website with recommended books for each year group.
    www.ukchildrensbooks.co.uk Another place to find reading lists, advice for reluctant readers and much more.
    www.letterboxlibrary.com  A bookshop that specialises ‘in books in which all children can see themselves and which reflect our world community in all of its diversity’

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