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Teaching of Reading

As reading is a complex skill with many components, Brighton Avenue School has adopted a comprehensive and consistent approach to the teaching of these skills throughout the school.


We believe that reading is a valuable and rewarding experience and that the importance of laying a firm foundation in this crucial area will allow children to access all areas of the curriculum successfully. We believe that success in reading opens doors to a world of knowledge.

Our aims:

  • To develop a love of books and reading.
  • To develop reading strategies and skills: fluency, accuracy, understanding and response to different texts.
  • To read and enjoy a variety of texts from a variety of sources: library, class book corners, ICT.
  • To create a strong, embedded reading culture through a rich language environment within classrooms and the wider school environment.
  • To deliver a structured and consistent whole school approach to reading.
  • To recognise the value of parents / carers as essential components in supporting and developing children’s reading skills and love of reading.
  • To rigorously monitor and assess children’s progress in reading and identify those who require extra support and intervene at an early stage.

What are we learning?

AF3 - Inferences

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AF2 - Retrieval of Information

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3rd December 2021

KS1 Virtual Author

Nick Sharratt


Today, we had the chance to participate in a virtual author session with Nick Sharratt who has written Shark in the Park. The children got to hear his new story Oh no! Shark in the Snow! which they loved and they got to draw some pictures. It was a great session!

Reading for Pleasure

21st October


Throughout the school, the children have enjoyed the different opportunities to read for pleasure. They have visited the school library, virtual author sessions and reading for pleasure time both inside and outside. Take a look at some of the photos to see how much our children enjoy reading for pleasure. 

Reading Suitcases- KS1

20th September


In KS1, the children have been enjoying choosing and reading books for pleasure from the reading suitcases during their play and lunch times. The children have been making themselves cosy by using the cushions and been reading along with their friends. The children are very excited to choose the next set of books to go in the suitcases. Take a look at some of our photos!

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The Summer Reading Challenge launches 10th July

Gateshead Library



#SummerReadingChallenge #WildWorldHeroes

Children across Gateshead are being encouraged to go wild for reading this summer by joining the hugely popular annual Summer Reading Challenge, taking place at all Gateshead Council libraries from 10 July until 4 September.

The Reading Agency have teamed up with the WWF in developing the theme for this year's challenge, which is 'Wild World Heroes', featuring illustration by award-winning children's author and illustrator Heath McKenzie. It is aimed at encouraging children to engage in fun reading activities focused on real world environmental issues, such as climate change, wildlife decline, plastic pollution, and deforestation.

To join the excitement all children need to do is visit any library across Gateshead at least three times throughout the summer holidays and borrow at least two books. Each time they will be rewarded with a free prize:

Aged 5 to 11 years:

  • First visit - Wild World Heroes themed collectors' cards and stickers 
  • Second visit - A book and pencil
  • Third visit - A certificate of completion.


Aged Under 5 years:

  • First visit - Wild World Heroes themed collectors' cards and stickers
  • Second visit - A book and additional stickers
  • Third visit - More stickers and a certificate of completion


Books from an Author

11th June


We were very lucky to receive some free books from an author in the post! We will really enjoy looking through the books! A huge thank you to Liam Murphy.



Virtual Author Session


Dapo Adeola


The children in KS1 enjoyed listening to another author during a virtual session. He shared his book 'Hey you!' with the children and then answered a range of questions. It was a great interactive session!

22nd May 2021

Puffin World of Stories


Brighton Avenue Primary School had an amazing delivery of 300 books from Puffin World of Stories! We loved seeing some of the children's reactions to some of the new books in school. Take a look at some of our favourites! 

Virtual Author Session



The children in KS1, were very lucky this week to have a virtual author session with Swapna Haddow (author) and Dapo Adeola (illustrator). They read their book called ‘My Dad is a grizzly bear’ and then they talked about the process it took to write and illustrate the pictures. It was a very fun and interactive session!  

Thursday 4th March 2021

World Book Day 2021


For World Book Day 2021, it was a little bit different as some children were in school and some children were learning virtually. However, this didn't stop us all having lots of fun wearing our PJs and having lots of discussions about books. Children across the school took part in the World Book Day 'Share a Story' and enjoyed finding out about some of the World Book Day books they can buy using their vouchers. Children enjoyed taking part in scavenger hunts and book related tasks! Take a look at some of the fun we had across the school below.

Thursday 26.11.20

David Almond


Year 6 had a great virtual author session this week featuring the well-known Newcastle author: David Almond. David read a short extract from his new book, which some of us have ordered and can't wait to read. David gave us all some tips about becoming future authors!

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Chitra Soundar- Author


KS1 and Year 3 were lucky enough to have an author session with Chitra Soundar who is an Indian-born British author and storyteller. She has published more than 30 books and is inspired by the rich heritage of epics and folktales from India as well as India's natural beauty. The children all really enjoyed her session.

Thursday 19th November 2020

Year 5 had a fabulous session with Ross Montgomery today. He talked through his books and we even got to listen to an extract from his new book! He also talked about why he became an author and what inspires him to write!

Tuesday 17th November 2020

Anna James - Author


Year 4 were able to take part in a live Q and A with Anna James! Imagine a magical book shop with doors to different worlds: if one day your favourite book character came out of their book to chat… if they invited you to wander into their story… what would you do? We joined Anna as she revealed the world of Pages & Co, reveled in the true magic of getting lost in a good book, and read from her latest book in the series Tilly and the Map of Stories

Friday 13th November 2020

Guy Bass- Author


On Friday 13th November, Key Stage 2 had the pleasure of taking part in a virtual reading session with GUY BASS! Guy Bass read some poems and some extracts from some of his own books. He also revealed that Skeleton Fingers might be getting turned into a movie! We can't wait to find out when this will be released. 

Thursday 12th November 2020

Alan Windram- Author


As part of the Northern Children's Book Festival, the children in KS1 had the opportunity to participate in a virtual session with Alan Windram. He is the author of four children's picture books including the 2019 BookBug Picture Book Prize winning One Button Benny. The children listened to both of his books and participated in a range of practical activities. The children all had lots of fun! Some of the children have also bought books from him and they can't wait to get their signed copies delivered to the school. 

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Monday 11th November 2020

How to support your child with segmenting


After the success of our Reading cafes last year, it is such a shame we are unable to continue with these at this present time. Therefore, I have decided to make some videos to help support your child with segmenting (learning how to spell). Please watch this video and if you have any questions, please speak to a member of the KS1 team. If there are any further videos you feel would support you at home, please speak to either your child's class teacher or Miss Brown. 

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Monday 11th November 2020

How to support your child with blending


After the success of our Reading cafes last year, it is such a shame we are unable to continue with these at this present time. Therefore, I have decided to make some videos to help support your child with blending (learning how to read). Please watch this video and if you have any questions, please speak to a member of the KS1 team. If there are any further videos you feel would support you at home, please speak to either your child's class teacher or Miss Brown. 

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Best of Bensham

£250 grant

October 2020


We have been fortunate to secure a £250 grant from Best of Bensham to buy new books for our amazing children. We are very grateful for this money and this will help to ensure that all of our children have access to books to continue their love for reading and broaden their vocabulary. A huge thank you to this community project from all the staff and children at Brighton Avenue!

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World Book Day

Friday 6th March 2020


Wow! What a fantastic the day the children have had dressed in their pyjamas and dressing gowns for World Book Day. The day begin with an assembly by Seven Stories where they shared a few of their favourite books and a bit of background knowledge about Seven Stories itself. Then all the classes have taken part in different activities including second hand book swaps, scavenger book hunts in the library, making book marks, sharing their favourite stories and participating in workshops run by Seven Stories. All the children have had a fantastic day!

Seven Stories Visit

Tuesday 25th and Friday 28th February 2020


A selection of children across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 were given the opportunity to go on a trip to Seven Stories. Whilst they were on the trip, they got the opportunity to look around the exhibitions and participate in a workshop. More importantly, they went to spend money in the book shop to buy books for our school library. The children loved looking at all the books and they are excited for when they arrive in school. The children had a fantastic day!

Parents' Reading Café 

Year 5 and Year 6



Today, we held our reading café for our Year 5 and Year 6 parents.. The session began with Miss Turner delivering some ideas for how parents can help support their children with their reading and build up positive reading atmospheres at home. Parents gained a better understanding about the types of questions they can ask to support their child's reading understanding. Miss Turner discussed the impact that reading has upon children's writing and how parents can help support their children prepare for their Year 6 SATs. The parents had the opportunity to complete some reading tasks with their child and ask any questions.

 If you were unable to attend the parents workshop, please look for the documents given in the information for parents section on this page. 

Parents' Reading Cafe


Tuesday 21st January


Today, we held our second reading cafe for our KS1 parents. We had another fantastic turnout and the children really enjoyed sharing books with their parents. The session began with Miss Brown delivering a Y1 guiding reading lesson based on inference. Parents gained a better understanding about the delivery of a guided reading session and the different resources and questions they could ask their child to further their learning. Then, we discussed how to re-read books for fluency over seven days. The next reading cafe will be during the Summer term we look forward to seeing you! If you were unable to attend the parents workshop, please look for the documents given in the information for parents section on this page. 

Snuggle up with a book

Tuesday 7th January 2020


Today, our first children started their new exciting reading incentive. Each child, in each class will be given the chance to take either a book suitcase or book bag home and read a book with a younger sibling or adult whilst enjoying chocolate biscuits and hot chocolate. Each child was given the choice to choose a book in our fantastic new school library and once  they have finished reading the book, the children then have to write a book review. The children were so excited to be the first ones to take the books home; we can't wait to see what they produce. 


A visit from Guy Bass

Tuesday 12th November 


Today, we had a visit from Guy who is an award-winning author whose children's books series include Stitch Head, Spynosaur, The Legend of Frog, Dinkin Dings and Atomic! In 2010, Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things won the Blue Peter Award for Most Fun Book with Pictures. Guy shared many memorable poems and a chapter from his new book, Skeleton Keys, in the most inspiring way. The visit from Guy was quoted by children in many classes as, "The greatest day in school." He left the children feeling truly inspired to read and to write and inspired many to be an author when they are older. The laughs and giggles and even tears of complete happiness echoed all around the hall today during his session. After his talk, he then spent time signing and illustrating every book… with humour and a smile on his face.. In the words of the children, "He was awesome!"

School Library


During lunch times, the children have the opportunity to go to our school library and read books for pleasure with their peers. We have four Y5 children who have become librarians and these children read stories to the younger children, help children choose books and arrange different activities for the children to do in the library. The children love spending time in our library and exploring what different books we have on offer. 



Story Time

Monday 4th November


Welcome back to story time where you will find Mrs Jackson reading 'Room on a Broom' by Julia Donaldson. Please join in with the repeated rhymes! We hope you enjoy the story as much as Mrs Jackson's two daughters do!

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Book People Bus

Wednesday 10th October


Once again, we had a visit from the Book People Bus and it was a big hit like the last time! The children loved going onto the bus and looking at the books to find the best book they would buy. We raised another astonishing £1,370 from the event where we receive 15% commission to buy books for our school. Thank you to all your support once again to make this event so successful! It will be back again on Tuesday 21st April 2020 so get saving your pennies!

Welcome to story time! 

Monday 8th October 2019


Stories play a vital role in the growth and development of children. The books they read and the characters they get to know can become like friends. It's also good for children to understand that books are a useful source of information and that good reading skills are important for success in their future lives.


Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child’s development in lots of ways.

Reading and sharing stories can:

  • help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills
  • learn to value books and stories
  • spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity
  • help your child’s brain, social skills and communication skills develop
  • help your child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’
  • help your child understand change and new or frightening events, and also the strong emotions that can go along with them.


The teachers within Brighton Avenue School will be reading different stories which you can access during the school year. Keep checking back to see who who is reading a new story and let your teachers know about any of your favorite books!



Our first story time is with Mrs Jones who will be reading Monkey Puzzle. We hope you enjoy it!


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Parents' Reading Cafe

Tuesday 1st October 2019


On Tuesday 1st October, we held our first Parents' Reading Cafe where we invited the parents into our school for a workshop on how to help and encourage their child to read at home. It was a very successful event and the children also joined their parents to spend time reading a book in our new library. Take a look at some of our photos!

Gateshead Library

Week commencing 23rd September


We are so lucky that we have Gateshead Library on our door step which each class visits every half term. Whilst the children are on their trip to the library, they take part in a range of activities including book reviews, finding books in the library using the catalogue, identifying the difference between fiction and non-fiction books and the list goes on! The children are lucky enough to listen to different books which the librarians bring to life. Each child then has free time in the library to read for pleasure and choose their own book which they can bring back to school to read in their free time. Take a look at a few of our photos from our recent visits. 



Foyle Foundation Grant

Amount awarded £5,000

Friday 20th September


At the end of last academic year, Miss Brown applied for a Foyle Foundation Grant to improve our school library. On Friday 20th September, we recieved a letter to say that we had been successful and awarded £5,000 to spend on new books for our library. As you can imagine, all the staff and children are so excited to have been awarded this amount of money and the children have been having their say on what books they would like to see in our library. Miss Brown has already started the shopping spree and we are awaiting our first delivery from Usborne books. The children and staff can't wait to get their hands on the new books as we all love spending time reading for pleasure. A huge thank you to the Foyle Foundation!



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Sponsored Read

Monday 29th April


During the week commencing Monday 29th April, the children were set a challenge at Brighton Avenue to participate in an Usborne sponsored read. The children had to read as many different types of text, for example, books, comics, magazines, newspapers, menus, websites, recipes, poems, leaflets, instructions – anything with words whilst getting as much sponsorship as possible. The children went above and beyond our expectations and raised £1,000! As we raised £1,000, we received an additional 60% of which we raised to buy new books for our school library. We are so proud of the children and thank everyone who sponsored the children. The children spoke to me during pupil voice about different books they would like to see in the library which we have been able to spend this money on. We are so happy we are being able to update our school library and can't wait for the children to get their hands on the new books! Happy reading!

Book People Bus

Tuesday 19th March 2019


We had a very special visit from Lee and the Book People Bus. As we are trying to encourage children to read for pleasure, there was no better opportunity then getting on the bus to purchase new books. Each class paid a visit to the bus throughout the day and were able to buy new books to read at home and in school. There were a wide variety of fiction and non fiction books available for the children to choose from and as a school we spent £1,342 on the bus and received 15% commission back for these purchases. The children were so excited by the event and have asked during Pupil Voice for the bus to come back again. Therefore,the next visit from the Book People Bus will be Wednesday 9th October 2019 so start saving those pennies! Thanks for your continued support and we can't wait for the next event! 

World Book Day

Friday 8th March


Today, we celebrated World Book Day where the children were able to dress up as their favourite book character. The day started with a parade around the hall where everyone danced along to the music. One boy and girl from each class were able to choose a book for best dressed character. After the parade, children were invited to swap their second hand books with their peers which they all thoroughly enjoyed. The rest of the day was spent participating in a range of activities to design a book cover for their classroom doors. The effort everyone put in was fantastic. A great day was had by both staff and children. To see more pictures please visit the class pages.