Reading across the school
Here at St Helen's we are passionate about reading in all forms!
In the Foundation Stage we use Jolly Phonics to teach phonics in Nursery, moving on to Letters and Sounds.
Key Stage 1
In KS1 we continue with Letters and Sounds to deliver phonics teaching. We use our reading schemes to develop children's reading. We use Oxford Literacy Web within school and Oxford Reading Tree and Phonics Bug as home reading books.
Mrs Coates delivers the Reading Recovery programme for identified children in KS1 to ensure they have the opportunity to 'catch up and keep up' to their peers.
Key Stage 2
In KS2 we predominantly use Oxford Reading Tree as a reading scheme, alongside a personal choice of book from the school library. Once our children progress through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme they move onto reading books from the school library, which are categorised by 'typicality for Year group'.
Once a week, one class from school goes to the Headland Library where they go and work with one of the Hartlepool Librarians. They can choose a book and take it back to school and enjoy the book at home also.
All pupils are members of the local Headland Library.
Free Little Library
As part of our ongoing efforts to build the profile of reading and the opportunities for reading across the school, we are delighted to officially open our first Free Little Library. You may remember a newsletter last year, calling out for help to create the library. Thankfully, local company Hunters Home Improvements came to the rescue and built out first, fabulous Free Little Library.
The Free Little Library can be found on the KS2 playground and is available for pupils to access during the day, but more importantly for parents and families to access whenever they want to. The library is filled with high-quality literature from award-winning authors, meaning you can guarantee a great read at home as a family.
The books found within the library are a great example of the type of books that we want children in KS2 to be reading, but also have them read to them by family members as a shared experience.
Books can be taken at any time, by anyone. All that we ask is that books are returned in the same condition that they are taken.