For families


There are lots of fun things you can do in the home and out and about to encourage your children's literacy development.

Things to do

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    Write your own festive story set in Hastings!

    We're encouraging children in Years 3-6 to write their own seasonal story for the chance to win prizes for themselves and for their school!
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    Drop Everything and Read

    Grab a book, magazine, or newspaper and have your own Drop Everything and Read! Find out how you can get involved and view our photo gallery from the Hastings DEAR.
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    Festive fun

    Use our book recommendations, tips and activities to build on your child’s excitement and help them develop their reading, writing and speaking skills over the holidays.

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Things to download

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    Hastings 100 Reads

    Download our book list of Hastings' 100 favourite children's books, voted for by families in the town.
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    Fake news and critical literacy tips

    Find out how to help your child navigate the news, and spot fake news when they see it.

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    Get crafty this Christmas

    Have fun creating these Christmas crafts over the school holidays! Simply print on card or paper and help your children design their own bookmark, tree decorations and gift tag.

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Words for Life

Visit our Words for Life website for development milestones, top tips and fun activities to help your child develop good literacy skills.

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