Our second stop on the RR Tour this autumn is a fantastic school in Northumberland called Horton Grange. @HGPSnthumberlnd We are really looking forward to a gathering of book-ish educators, keen to share ideas and discuss ways to make reading rock for EVERY pupil. Of course we have a cracking line up of speakers for you and the wonderful Roving Books to help you empty your wallets, too!


Read why Horton Grange want to be part of the RR Revolution from Caroline Ash, Deputy Headteacher.


We are so excited to be hosting Reading Rocks North 2018 at Horton Grange Primary School!

After attending in Liverpool last year my colleague and I were buzzing with excitement and wanted to bring some of this top notch CPD up to the North East. We are lucky that we have lots of space to host everyone. Northumberland is the northernmost and one of the largest counties in the UK and it’s not always easy to access great workshops and authors – particularly for some of the smaller rural schools.

Hopefully those attending will also gain some inspiration from visiting us as we have worked incredibly hard over the last couple of years to become a reading school. When we began to look at reading for pleasure we realised that the majority of children had the necessary competencies to read but were not all really enjoying reading. For some children a limited vocabulary was a source of frustration, others found it difficult to find or choose books they might like and many children said they didn’t get time to read.

Since then we have invested in class texts, high quality picture books and two new libraries with cosy places to curl up with a book. This practice is now crossing over into the wider curriculum and we are discovering a whole new world of amazing non-fiction! Children are being given the opportunity to read daily and lots of time is dedicated to ‘book talk’ so that they have a chance to voice their thoughts and opinions on what they are reading. Boxes of books for bedtime are available at the door for parents of children in EYFS and are taken home and brought back at leisure.

We believe the school now shouts out how much we all love reading – hopefully visitors will get that feeling too.

This RR event is kindly supported by Seven Stories Museum:


Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, is based in the Ouseburn Valley, on the outskirts of Newcastle Upon Tyne’s city centre. Our museum saves, celebrates and shares Britain’s rich literary heritage of children’s books. We have a nationally significant archive with pieces dating from the 1930’s to the present day and we collect all that goes into the making of a book from first scribbles to dummy books. Our exciting creative learning activities encourage children, students, practitioners and teachers to enjoy the very best children’s books, celebrate the creative process that goes into making them and develop their own unique and innovative responses to them. Reading for pleasure is crucial to the future success of all children, and we firmly believe in the power of books help confident and reluctant readers to achieve their potential. Why not see what Seven Stories can offer to your school or setting? 



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