Teaching of Reading
Both schools use a variety of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree (such as Tree Tops and Project X), Collins Big Cat, Rigby Star as well as ‘real’ reading books. We encourage the study of fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres.
All children in both schools have regular phonics sessions, beginning with simple sounds and building up to more complex sound combinations. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children to learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. For Phonics, we follow Letters and Sounds and Support for Spelling.
The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’. The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know.
The teachers read to the children so that the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing. Both schools place high importance on staff reading to children so that they model reading skills and widen the children’s interests.
Executive Head Teacher: Mrs J Jacques
Head of Infant School: Mrs C Ackerley
Head of Junior School: Mr M Thompson
Tel: 0191 487 0354
SENCo: Mrs Ackerley
Admin Officer: Mrs Gair
Tel: 0191 433 4086
SENCo: Mrs Simpson
Admin Officer: Mrs Routledge