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

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

BookFlix

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

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

KS4 Recommended Reading List

While in KS4, students should try to read a wide variety of books. They should read diversely and broaden their choices of author, genre and text type. Experiment with something new. That is one of the reasons 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.

KS4 Recommended Reading List

Competitions

Calling all young writers! Be excited and get to grips with creative writing as you write your own thrilling mini saga, a story told in just 100 words.

The young writers competition is for 11-18 year olds and involves students writing a mini saga in a 100 word or less. Closing date for entries is the 23rd October. More information in the poster below.

Good luck!

View competition poster

Literary classics online reading lists

KS3

KS4