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At Hamstead Hall Academy we place a great deal of importance on academic attainment and on all our pupils achieving their best. Reading and the development of reading skills is crucial to success both within and beyond school. In order to encourage good reading habits, the academy will be running a Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) activity every week from Monday 17th September.

This involves each student stopping what they are doing for fifteen minutes in order to read a book of their choosing for pleasure. All pupils will, therefore, need to bring a reading book to school every day. 

Please support your child by making sure (s)he has a reading book to bring to school. Books can be brought from home or borrowed for the school or local library. You can also support your child by talking about books and sharing your favourite reads. 

When is this going to happen?

Form Time- 15 minutes: One of your form times per week will now be devoted to D.E.A.R.

Lesson Time- 15 minutes: In one of your lessons, the last fifteen minutes will be devoted to D.E.A.R. per week.

 Each DEAR session takes place on a different period each week to avoid affecting one lesson frequently. The timetable for each session is available below.

Monday 17th September 2018 Period 1, 9.05-9.20
Monday 24th September 2018 Period 2, 10.05-10.20
Monday 1st October 2018 Period 3, 11.25-11.40
Monday 8th October 2018 Period 4, 12.25-12.40
Monday 15th October 2018 Period 5, 2.15-2.30
Tuesday 23rd October 2018 Period 1, 9.05-9.20
Half Term
Tuesday 6th November 2018 Period 2, 10.05-10.20
Tuesday 13th November 2018 Period 3, 11.25-11.40
Tuesday 20th November 2018 Period 4, 12.25-12.40
Tuesday 27th November 2018 Period 5, 2.15-2.30
Wednesday 5th December 2018 Period 1, 9.05-9.20
Wednesday 12th December 2018 Period 2, 10.05-10.20
Wednesday 19th December 2018 Period 3, 11.25-11.40

For more ideas on how to support your child's reading please visit the academy library's website