Reading at Heath Park

Reading should be fun – not just a compulsory part of the curriculum. Unless it’s something that excites students, they’re unlikely to become an eager reader for life. That’s why we recommend students exploring the world of reading outside of what is taught in the class.

With this in mind we have put together a bunch of resources which students can use to explore the world of reading. Alongside the information below we also have a Twitter account @HeathParkReads

Year 6 reading project

To get your creative minds buzzing and ready for learning in September we have a reading project for you to complete. To complete your project you will need to read two texts. One of the texts must be challenging for you. You can read fiction or non-fiction

  • You can present your project however you like – be creative. You will find lots of ideas to get you started in the activity grid in this booklet or Pinterest is a great place to start.
  • Challenge yourself this summer by collecting reading stars and completing the reading bingo grid.
  • There will be prizes and certificates in September for the best projects – GOOD LUCK!

You can find more information on the page below.

Summer Reading Project

What have your teachers been reading in lockdown?

Find out what your teachers have been reading during their time in lockdown. There are a great range of recommendations that you may want to read yourself. Likewise, if you have read something that you think a teacher or student may enjoy, send us some recommendations back.

Teacher reading recommendations


KS3 & KS4 Reading Project

Check out our summer reading project for Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4 students below.

KS3+4 English Summer Reading Project


Explore Bookflix at Heath Park and find a range of audio books for young adults that you can listen to online for free. You can explore the front covers and read the blurbs before choosing the right one for you.

Bookflix Reading 1

Bookflix Reading 2

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone – Free Audiobook & more

The Wizarding World brings you Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone,read and recorded by different celebrities every chapter. Follow the links in the document below to take you to each chapter, first up is Harry Potter himself (Daniel Radcliffe) who reads chapter 1. Further to the audio book you can find: chapter challenges, quizzes, craft ideas and more on their website.

Explore Wizarding World

Poetry competition

Poetry On Loan are running their regular poetry competition. you can find details about how to enter in the document below.

Poetry On Loan Competition

KS3 Recommended Reading List

While in KS3, students should try to read a wide variety of types of books. They should broaden their choices and not just stick to one author, or one genre. Experiment with something new. That is one reason why this list is arranged in genre-based sections. As well as reading books, don’t forget that non-fiction such as newspapers and magazines are also excellent reading material and will get students used to a range of reading experiences that will set them up well for GCSE and beyond, as well as broadening their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live.

KS3 Recommended Reading List

Literary classics online reading lists