Reading across the school

Here at St Helen's we are passionate about reading in all forms!

Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage we use Jolly Phonics to teach phonics in Nursery, moving on to Letters and Sounds.

Phonics information for parents of children in Nursery

Phonics information for parents of children in Reception

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.