Dear Parent/Carer,

We all know how important home reading is, and in ideal situations it would be great to see children reading for at least 15 minutes every day extra to what is done at school.

We are currently setting up a covid-safe home school reading system so that children can still have reading books matched to their reading ability to bring home each week.  The books will be quarantined for 72 hrs before they come home, and again for 72hrs once they are returned and before we put them back on the shelves. Details of how we will run this this will follow later in the week, ready for us to start giving books to take home on Tuesday October 13th. 

Until then, can we remind you that levelled reading books are available online  at, which means that everyone can be reading a different reading book every day should you wish.

Registering as a parent on Oxford Owl gives you access to their  free eBook library. It also helps you keep up-to-date with information about new activities and advice. It really is a fabulous resource, and we would urge you to register.

You can register for free using the following link:

This week is National Libraries Week.  Can we also remind you that Gateshead Library are still operating an online service, BorrowBox, that allows you and your children to borrow up to 10 ebooks and 6 eaudiobooks free of charge!  You can borrow books for up to three weeks and they are automatically returned at the end of the loan period so there are never any fines.

You can use the link below for more details on BorrowBox and how to join the library to access this service:

The BorrowBox app can be downloaded from your app store. 

If you have any questions regarding home reading, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Colquhoun – Literacy Coordinator.