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Reading at Hotham

At Hotham, we are passionate about reading; nurturing a love of literature underpins everything we do. All classes (and adults) love their daily story time!

Our REAL projects are centred around quality fiction and non-fiction texts and these are used in English lessons to inspire writing and as ‘exemplar texts’ for project outcomes.

Of course, we also share books which are unrelated to our REAL projects because they are important texts that we think children will enjoy!

Reading in EYFS

Stories are central to learning in EYFS: story time is our favourite time of the day. We also enjoy reading stories in French!

In EYFS, children start learning the sounds through daily phonics sessions. They also take part in group reading sessions each week with a teacher. Children take home picture books to share at home and when ready they also take home banded books which are at their reading level.

Reading in KS1

Phonics sessions continue in Year 1 and at the end of the year children take the Phonics Screening Check. Year 1 and 2 both take part in daily ‘guided reading’ sessions where they read with a teacher or take part in other reading activities. Children read individually with an adult at least once a week. They take home a banded book (at their reading level) and also a free choice book to read with parents and carers.

Reading in KS2

In Key Stage 2, children have Whole Class Reading lessons in which they explore texts together. They take home banded books (if relevant) and free reader books.

Our School Library

Hotham’s library is located in a historic pavilion and is a popular destination at lunch time. It is staffed by Year 6 librarians who are on hand to help children find books and sign them out. All year groups can visit the school library and can take home books each week.

New books in our book corners at Hotham

We love new books! Recently, the PTA has very generously given us many new books for class book corners. Thank you for your support: we will really enjoy sharing these.

Inclusive books

At Hotham, we believe that our books should reflect our wonderful, diverse world and community so we are investing in books which do this. Thank you to the amazing bookshop Round Table Books who is helping us to make our books selections more inclusive and to the PTA for their support. Do visit Round Table Books’ shop online or in Brixton Village to find out more   https://www.roundtablebooks.co.uk 


Reading fun at Hotham!

We love reading at Hotham and we have great fun sharing books with each other.

On World Book Day, we dress up as book characters and enjoy reading with our buddy classes.  We have had some very exciting authors visit in the last few years, for World Book Day and throughout the year linked our REAL projects, including Sam Copland and Serena Hassan. Also, ‘Secret Readers’ from around the school visit classrooms to surprise them with a favourite story. https://www.worldbookday.com 

Each term, we run an ‘Authorfy’ creative writing club which is based around books which have recently been published. On the Authorfy website you can also find many videos of authors talking about their work.  https://authorfy.com


Teachers as reading role models

Staff at Hotham love sharing book recommendations with children. Teachers from Hotham attend Open University Reading for Pleasure research groups and training at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education to widen their knowledge of children’s books and get new ideas to bring back to school.

CLPE Reading for Pleasure 

Parent workshops

We have run a number of workshops for parents about reading. Please look at our parent workshop page: link

There are also great websites supporting reading at home. 

Literacy Trust Words for Life Reading Agency

Book lists for classes

Here are some great websites which provide book lists for each age group. These are of course flexible – we all love returning to old favourites time and time again and there is nothing wrong with this!

Book Trust School Reading List

TES Top 100 Books for Topics 

Books for Topics: There are lists on various curriculum topics and themes.


Year 1Year 2  Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6


Other resources for parents

We have put together a list of websites to support reading at home:

A great activity for the summer holiday each year - read a number of books and earn prizes! 

Wandsworth Libraries Summer Reading Challenge



Fancy writing a book review? Here are some great websites to help you.




Would you like to read some wonderful poems? These websites have great selections and also videos of poets reading their work.