DEAR – Drop Everything and Read

At Avonwood we consider ourselves to be a reading school and we take every opportunity to read individually, in groups and as a class. We believe that reading unlocks every other area of learning and therefore crucial to all we do.

Reading is not simply a functional skill though, it provides escape and enjoyment and there is surely nothing better than getting lost in book. It develops imagination, extends vocabulary and provides an exciting insight into life.

In order for children to really enjoy and experience books then they really need to hear them clearly read and with voices for characters. This is what makes up D.E.A.R.  

At 3:00pm every day, each class has tidied away and is sat listening to a story from a high quality text. This is often the class novel or a carefully chosen chapter or picture book. This is one of the favourite parts of the day for our children and teachers.

Books we have read at DEAR have included Oliver Twist, Varjak Paw, The Snowman and The Firework Maker’s Daughter.  

Our drive to ensure children experience daily stories and books is inspired by what we know as teachers, the work of research groups such as Egmont and by experts such as former children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo who says:

“It is vital that children, young people and all of us have access to stories which give us the knowledge, empathy and understanding we need to negotiate life. But just as importantly, we need to give children and their teachers and parents time to read.”


What is D.E.A.R at Avonwood?


  • A daily entitlement for all our children
  • 5 minutes of a quality text read by the class teacher
  • Silence for a wonderful book
  • Cultural capital
  • Modelling the love of reading
  • A time to advertise books to children
  • Expanding vocabulary

A Clip of D.E.A.R in Action 

Mr Evans reads Charlotte's Web at a recent parent workshop


One of the greatest gifts adults can give to their offspring and to their society is to read to children

Carl Sagan

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