Reading at Home
Adding reading to your daily routine really supports both literacy and wellbeing – and can be very enjoyable too!
This page has useful links to reading resources and other tips to help keep reading engaging and positive. If you have any queries concerning passwords, reading levels, reading tips or how to find reading materials, please email our librarian Ms Kohnen-Zuelzer U.Kohnen-Zuelzer@harrispeckham.org.uk.
Reading will really help to keep our brains active, engaged and learning while our school is temporarily closed. At Harris Academy Peckham, all Year 7-9 students have been using an online program Bedrock Vocabulary Learning to develop their vocabulary acquisition.
To make required progress you must complete at least two lessons a week, which run for 20 minutes each. If you have lost your login and password details, you can email your librarian Ms Kohnen-Zuelzer (email@example.com).
Remember you can download Bedrock onto your phones and ipads too! Your tutor will track your activity and reward you with Faculty Points for every green progress made each week.
Bedrock Vocabulary Club is on Monday and Wednesday 2.20-2.50pm on Microsoft Teams.
DEAR – Drop Everything And Read
Start your school day with 20 minutes of silent reading. All Year 7-9 students can join the online session on teams. You will receive Faculty Points for successful participation.
Tuesday to Thursday 8.50am - 9.10am on Microsoft Teams
Accelerated Reader is a great tool for all year 7-9 students to support your independent reading practice. Develop your reading skills most effectively by choosing appropriately challenging books.
When you have finished reading your book you can log on to Accelerated Reader using the link below and we will track your activity and reward you with Faculty Points for every successful quiz you take.
If you have any queries concerning passwords, reading levels, or getting hold of books, please contact our librarian Ms Kohnen-Zuelzer U.Kohnen-Zuelzer@harrispeckham.org.uk
Recommended books - top picks!
The Peckham 50 is a list of ten books for each year-group, recommended by your English teachers to inspire your reading choices. We’re also producing a series of recommended book lists on particular topics or themes.
- Download the Peckham 50
- A selection of books by black authors
- Mental health and wellbeing top reads
- Action and adventure top reads
- Fantasy top reads
- Mystery top reads
- Humour top reads
Harris Peckham Reading Challenge!
Want more to read? Why not complete the Harris Peckham Reading Challenge! Download reading suggestions for every type of reading in the list below.
1. Read a dystopian text.
2. Read a novel with a female protagonist.
3. Read a newspaper article. How do you feel about the topic discussed and why?
4. Read a book that your parent, carer or sibling read at school.
5. Read a novella.
6. Read a non-fiction book.
7. Read a book that you would never usually select.
8. Read an opinion piece from a newspaper. Find examples of three methods (language techniques) used in it.
9. Read a play.
10. Read a poem.
11. Read a book recommended by a friend.
12. Read a book that won an award in 2019.
Once you've finished all 12 email U.Kohnen-Zuelzer@harrispeckham.org.uk to let her know and win a mystery prize!
How often should I be reading?
The short answer is, as often as you like! During a normal school day, every student has a minimum of 20 minutes dedicated to reading.
To help continue this habit while at home, we are encouraging students to aim to read at least 2—3 times a day for 20 minutes, if you can, including 20 minutes reading aloud to a parent, sibling or even a pet! Why not download our reading at home log to help you to keep track. Try and build in one reading aloud session each day.
After finishing a book, why not take a quiz on Accelerated Reader (see below). Or write a review and share it on social media or email it to U.Kohnen-Zuelzer@harrispeckham.org.uk so we can add it to our website.
Online libraries - sign up for free
Southwark Libraries have a great e-library, accessed through BorrowBox, where you can download books and audiobooks for free. If you do not have a Southwark Library membership, you can join now for 120 days without a signed application form. You'll have immediate access to the eLibrary.
Many London borough libraries are also a member of the London Libraries Consortium. If you are a member of one of these libraries you can access the e-catalogues of all of the others, giving you even more to choose from. Click here for a list of participating boroughs.
More books and audiobooks
If you have a subscription to Amazon prime, there is a great selection of free books, magazines and comics available. Here is a selection of websites offering free online books and audiobooks.
- National Literacy Trust - The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown
- Storyline Online
- Oxford Owl - expert advice, educational resources and free eBooks to support children's learning at home, from Oxford University Press.
- Audible.com - free audible books for all ages.
- Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format.
- Researchify - Word/PDF/Audiobooks of Children’s Classics:
- Project Gutenberg - good for classics
- International Children’s Digital Library
If you don´t have internet access please contact us and we will try to supply free copies. Don’t forget some students will have books from our school-library at home.
Guidance for parents
Here are a few other tips that you might try:
- Read together with your child, reading out loud in turns. Could your child read to a younger sibling?
- Try to keep the reading sessions fun and relaxed, perhaps by using different voices, or acting out scenes.
- Ask questions and discuss the storyline, characters, language, setting. Guess what is going to happen.
- Track your progress through our HAP reading at home log and send the results to our librarian for faculty points.
- Keep praising your child, especially when they find reading difficult.
Remember, if you have any queries concerning reading, please email our librarian Ms Kohnen-Zuelzer U.Kohnen-Zuelzer@harrispeckham.org.uk. We're here to support you in any way we can.