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DHFS Reading week #3Hello and welcome to Reading Celebration Week at DHFS!

Introduction to Reading Celebration Week at DHFS

At Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School we take pride in our focus on reading for pleasure as well as always working hard in lessons to ensure we are equipping our students with the skills they need to become knowledgeable and strategic readers.

Our next Reading Celebration Week was due to take place from 22nd March 2021 after being rescheduled from its original January date. We have decided not to run the Reading Celebration Week this term as the lockdown situation we have been experiencing means that the focus of Term 4 is to get students back into learning routines and re-establishing our excellent high standards.

We have taken this opportunity to put together a short Reading Celebration Video to let you know about all the reading activity that occurs daily at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, and to share some strategies we use in classrooms to help students access challenging learning material. The task at the end of the video could be a fun activity to run through as a family so please Click on the following link to find out more: Reading Celebration Video

The reason we focus on reading so carefully is because it is the gateway for so much of our learning journey. Developing a regular reading habit can help us in so many ways. Studies have shown consistently that fostering an enjoyment of reading results in young people with enhanced reading ages which in turn allows greater understanding of learning materials and better achievement. Research has also found that reading for pleasure has been linked to reduced stress and anxiety, as well as enhanced memory, improved vocabulary usage and the vital importance of developing empathy. In light of this, and because bookshops won’t be able to reopen before April 12th, we will soon be sending out free World Book Day books to all our Year 7 students to ensure our youngest DHFS readers have something brand new to read and benefit from as we continue into Term 4.

You could help encourage your child to sustain a reading for pleasure habit at home. Below you will see some suggested reading lists and a range of DHFS Staff Reading Profiles. Please have a look through some and discuss with your child. You will also find below a Blank Reading Profile in hope that you and other family members may wish to fill one out yourself. We would love to see any complete Reading Profiles so please email them to me using the address below if you and/ or another family member decides to do one and is happy for you to share it.

We are keen for students to experience opportunities to talk about reading and we know that family members – parents/ carers, grandparents and siblings – are some of the most powerful role models our young people have in their lives so we have collated some details below to assist you having these conversations at home. We have virtual books students can access  through our VLE: and we continue to operate a Click and Collect service from the Learning Resource Centre (LRC). Any library loans students have currently will automatically be extended until further notice and no behaviour points will be issued for pre-lockdown overdue books. If your child would like to use Click and Collect service, they can access the catalogue on the  VLE and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.making sure they type ‘Reservations’ in the subject box. Additionally, Derbyshire Libraries are running a Book and Borrow, as well as virtual services, Sheffield libraries also have an online virtual service available. This is a useful website recommending reading material suitable by age group: Love Reading 4 Schools. There are comprehensive fiction and non-fiction reading lists for different key stages, reading abilities and topics to cater for all preferences.

The National Literacy Trust makes a book a week available for  free here and Audible continue to make many of their Children’s and Young Adult category books  freely available here.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to recommend at least 15 minutes of reading per day to relax and unwind away from screens and electronic devices. Thank you in advance for your support of helping our students establish reading habits which will benefit them academically and personally.

Kind regards,

Mrs. S Compai
Director of Teacher Development

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Please see the Key Stage 3, 4&5 Suggested Reading List below.


Please see the Blank Reading Profile document below.


Please see below the books our staff here at DHFS have been reading recently.