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What is DEAR?

Drop Everything And Read time, better known as DEAR time, is a time regularly set aside in the classroom schedule for both students and their teachers to "drop everything and read." 

DEAR provides students with the opportunity to have a dedicated quiet reading session aimed at fostering a love of reading. It gives pupils an opportunity to tap into their interests and supports both reading progression and vocabulary development.

As part of the Distance Learning package, each student has been provided with a reading book to continue their DEAR time at home.

Parents and carers can support their child’s reading by asking questions about what their child has read at the end of the DEAR session.

More information about helping your child to read can be found here.

Oxford Owl - eBooks for Primary Age Pupils

Oxford Owls for Home | Abbotswell SchoolOur free eBook library has been helping children develop their reading skills at home for years. For a limited period, while the UK schools are closed, we are temporarily adding hundreds more eBooks to the library so you have more to read. Visit the website to pick up a free eBook!


During this period of time, Audible are letting all children and young people stream their collection of stories on their desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Visit the website to see what you can listen to. 

David Walliams

David Walliams has announced that he will be letting children listen to his audio books for free while they are learning from home. Visit the page here to see what's online today!