HDHS is a Reading School

The HDHS Expected Reads

This is a selection of chosen books that is bespoke to each year group to develop and shape the character of our students in different ways. These books have merit and significance independently but as a school we see them as a cluster and a progression of ideas and experiences to navigate our students from youth to adulthood.

At HDHS we see these books as a progression of ideas and thought provoking prompts to develop our students’ awareness of the world around them and an awareness of their own identity. We ensure that all of our students take this literary journey to experience the reality of the world we live in. These novel choices are further supported by text choices across the school curriculum and other recommended reads.

These texts are sparking discussion and debate; challenging viewpoints and facilitating a range of emotional reactions.This is simply a literary path that we as educators have created for our students but we encourage them to take detours and many other literary routes along the way. In simple terms we believe that reading leads to reading and that leads to more reading………

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 attached poster on ‘The Twenty’.

Twenty-Poster-1-1.pdf – 4 MB
Twenty-Poster-2.pdf – 2 MB

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 Raymond.Gallagher@hdhs..school
Assistant Headteacher