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Teaching of Reading

Our Philosophy:

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. Reading is a very important life skill as well as being a source of pleasure, enjoyment and enrichment. At Brighton Avenue Primary School, we aim to equip children with skills that will enable them to access the curriculum and foster an interest in reading to enrich their personal and working lives. We encourage a love of reading from the minute our pupils start our school!


Our Aims:

Reading is a core subject within the National Curriculum. The principals of teaching Reading at Brighton Avenue Primary School are consistent with our school philosophy and take into account the National Curriculum Guidance for Reading. (See English Policy for further information). 

‘Pupils should be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Schools should do everything to promote wider reading. They should provide library facilities and set ambitious expectations for reading at home.'  (2014 National Curriculum Programs of Study)


Principles of Teaching Reading:

  • 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.

AF3 - Inferences

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AF2 - Retrieval of Information

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What to write in your child's Reading Record ...

What do our children say about Reading?


Kit (Year 1)- I love visiting our school library to choose a book to take home for pleasure. I love reading to my mum and dad especially because they are teachers so I sometime pretend to be the teacher instead. 


Alex (Year 1)- I loved taking the reading suitcase home and sharing a book with my mum. The hot chocolate and biscuits were very yummy as well. It was nice to flick through the book and look at what my friends had said about the other books they had read as well.


Kexin (Year 2)- I loved our Reading Cafes in class where we got to share our favourite books with our friends whilst having juice and biscuits and explore a range of different genres. It was so much fun!


Riley (Year 2)- I love having our class novel read at home time. My favourite one is Flat Stanley as it was really funny and he is a little bit clumsy like me!


Dahlia (Year 2)- I love having time to read for pleasure in the classroom. I love it when I can just lay there and get comfortable with the cushions and have some quiet time whilst exploring different books. 


Jarvis (Year 2)- I love being a Reading Champion and I especially enjoyed it when we went to read to children in Reception as I got to read to my cousin. 


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KS1 Reading

15th July


This half term, we have continued to develop our reading skills in class by participating in a range of different discussions linked to the different AF strands. The children are loving this way of reading and have made so much progress this term. We are so proud. The children have continued to enjoy taking the reading suitcases home and sharing books with their family. Take a look at the work we have produced. 

UKS2 Reading

Thursday 23rd May


A huge well done to UKS2 for your hard work with reading over the last half term and the biggest well done to the UKS2 children who have been chosen to receive a book from the vending machine! It has been great to see your amazing answers to a range of challenging texts, including our eyes-on-book: Freedom!

KS1 Reading



We've had another busy half term in KS1! The children have loved reading outside at lunchtimes and playtimes now the weather has been much better. They have enjoyed sharing books with their friends and have been excited to tell others about what they have read. During our reading lessons, the children have continued to develop their retrieval and inference skills looking at different texts. Finally, the reading suitcases continue to be a huge hit! The children love spending time with their family at home and reading alongside them whilst enjoying biscuits and hot chocolate. 

KS1 Reading Cafe



A HUGE thank you to the parents/carers that came to our 'Reading Cafe' today. It was so lovely to see you all and hopefully you enjoyed and found useful the demonstration RWI session. Please find attached below the handout that was given along with the PowerPoint. If you have any questions, please feel free to come and speak to me.

KS1 Reading Opportunities

Spring Term



It’s been a busy term in KS1 for reading and we’ve had lots of wonderful opportunities to read. We have taken part in reading cafes, visited Gateshead Library to meet an author, Paul Cookson, completed our reading portfolio and also taken home the reading suitcase. When we met Paul Cookson, he shared some of his poems which we loved and he was so funny.

Story Shoebox Competition



A huge well done to Adam in Y1 who has won our Story Shoe Box competition. He clearly put a lot of time and effort into his design. It was certainly very difficult to choose from all the entries we had. In second place we had Julia in Year 2 and in a close third, it was Kexin, also in Year 2. Finally, in joint fourth, we had Elsa and Estell, both in Year 2. Well done to everyone who took part!


All of the shoe boxes will be kept in our library for you all to look at. Keep your eyes peeled for the next competition which will be running after half term.


UKS2 Reading Journals



During reading sessions in the Spring 1 term, UKS2 have been exploring the features of Greek Myths before enjoying role playing a range of the different mythical characters from Theseus and the Minotaur! UKS2 have also enjoyed looking at discussion texts based on the topic 'Should Animals Be Kept in Zoos?', where the children have looked at Rob Laidlaw's book Animals in Captivity, as well as the classic environmental book Greenpeace. Then the children explored both sides of this challenging question, before drawing their own conclusion! 

Friday 2nd February 2024



Today, we had a SATS cafe for Year 6 parents to find out more about SATs week! Parents were given some different strategies they can use to support their children prepare for their SATS tests in May and shown some of the typical style of reading questions that the children might be asked. For example: 'Find and copy a word that means...', 'What evidence in the text supports the idea that zoos are bad?' and 'What impression do we get about the main character? Find evidence from the text to support your idea.'


KS1 Reading Cafe

Monday 22nd January 2024


A HUGE thank you to those parents that attended our second reading cafe of the academic year. It was so lovely to have you all there and to share with you how to support your child when writing a book review. Hopefully, you found the session useful and supportive and have taken some ideas away from it. Please see the attached PowerPoint if you were unable to make the session. 




Book Vending Machine



Today, has been an exciting day as we have had our VERY first children be awarded their books out of the vending machine. They were so excited to choose which book they wanted. A HUGE well done to these children for completing the different reading challenges and the child who was awarded for staff's outstanding reading reward. 




Reading Champions Competition

20th December 2023


This half term, the Reading Champions set a new competition where the children had to design a new book cover and title. We had so many amazing entries and the Reading Champions found it really hard to decide who the winners were. Below is list of our amazing winners and photos of them with their prizes. 



1st- Camilla K

2nd -Ada L




1st- Billie A

2nd-  Julia P



1st- Shanaya A

2nd- Ewa E



1st- Stephanie S

2nd- Eva D

KS1 Reading Portfolios

15th December 2023


This half term, we have been busy during reading creating our portfolios. The children have really enjoyed reading 'Marge and Charge' and have been able to make some good inferences based on the story. We have also been focusing on fairy tales and the children have been able to retrieve information from a text to answer questions. Take a look at how amazing they look. 

Reading Champions



Today, the 'Reading Champions' have been busy reading to children in EYFS and KS1. They all really loved it and interacted well with the children. They can't wait to visit again!

UKS2- New Reading Journals!



In UKS2, we have started to create a whole class reading journal to document some of the amazing activities that we have been doing in Reading lessons to improve our vocabulary, knowledge of techniques authors used to build up tension and why authors use different layout devices for different audiences! Take a look at some of our amazing ideas below...

Alan Windram (Author)

Monday 20th November


This afternoon, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Alan Windram author of 'One Button Benny' into our school to deliver a workshop. He was AMAZING! The children really enjoyed dancing along to silly songs and reading two of his books. Some of the children also had the opportunity to buy a signed copy of his book. What a fantastic afternoon we have had!




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Book Vending Machine

Monday 20th November 


It's OFFICIAL!!! The book vending machine has been officially opened this afternoon by Alan Windram author of 'One Button Benny' and our AMAZING reading champions. Thank you again to everyone who made this possible ... we can't wait to see children be awarded these books.


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KS1 Reading

25th October 2023


The half term, the children have had a visit to Gateshead Library and some children have had the chance to take the reading suitcase home. The children have loved learning about the different authors this half term and enjoyed our class readers. 

'Look Who Got Caught Reading' Competition

Tuesday 24th October


A HUGE thank you to everyone who took part in the Reading Champions first competition. The reading champions took a lot of time debating which entries deserved to come 1st and 2nd place in the different key stages. Take a look at the results below and look at their amazing photos ... there are certainly some interesting places where people were caught reading! Keep a look out for future competitions!



1st place- Charlotte (Nursery)

2nd place- Beau (Reception)



1st place- Emma (Year 2)

2nd place- Alfie (Year 2)



1st place- Keira (Year 3)

2nd place- Fedoro (Year 4)



1st place- Elnis

UKS2 Reading Cafe



A huge thank you to the parents who attended the UKS2 Reading Cafe! We hope that you found it useful finding out more about the AF strands we focus on in UKS2, typical SATS reading questions and some of the different reading strategies you can use at home to support your child's reading comprehension. 


Please find attached a copy of the Powerpoint below and some useful resources for you to use at home.

Reading Champions



Today, we had a reading cafe for the reading champions where they had the opportunity to bring in books from home and share them with the other children. We had biscuits and juice and the children are now inspired to read different books from different authors. We can't wait for our next reading cafe!

Book Vending Machine

Wednesday 11th October 2023


All the children are so excited as the book vending machine has finally arrived. We are so pleased with the design and we can't wait to start using it. The 'Reading Champions' will be doing the grand opening of the machine when we have finished filling it up with different texts.


LKS2 Reading Cafe


A huge thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to our Reading Cafe this afternoon. It was amazing to see so many of you enjoying books with your children. Despite the technical difficulties, we hope you gained a good understanding of what Reading Eggs can offer your child to support them in their reading development. We have attached the handouts in case you would like to revisit anything we discussed this afternoon. 

School Librarians! 


Here are our 2023-2024 school librarians! They are excited and ready to go with organising the library and sharing the love of books around Brighton Avenue!

Monday 2nd October 

KS1 Reading Cafe


A HUGE thank you to the parents/carers who attended our first ‘Reading Café’ this academic year. Our first session, I shared a range of reading activities and how to get the most out of Reading Eggs with your child. Following on from this, there was a chance to access our school library and share a book with their child whilst having some refreshments.

Wednesday 19th July

Book Vending Machine


As you are aware, we raised lots of money during our sponsored read in March. We have been working hard on coming up with different logos, quotes and pictures of characters to put on our book vending machine. We have now sent these to the artist so he can now work his magic on creating our vending machine. We can't wait to see it. Take a lot at a few of our designs. 

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17th April 2023

UKS2 Reading in the Spring term!


Take a look at some of the fun with reading UKS2 have got up to over the Spring term, from visits to Gateshead Library, World Book day to author visits and reading cafes! Take a look at some of the fun below!

Thursday 30th March 

KS1 Reading


This half term, has been super busy and the children have had lots of opportunities to take part in a range of reading activities. The children have continued to enjoy taking the reading suitcase home and reading for pleasure with their family as well as a visit to Gateshead Library. The children particularly enjoy taking part in reading cafes in the class with their friends and sharing their favourite stories. What fun we have had!

World Book Day 

Thursday 2nd March


We’ve had such a lovely day to celebrate World Book Day. The children all came dressed to school wearing pyjamas and were some were snuggled in their dressing gowns. There has been so many different activities going on across the school including; making beds for goldilocks, masked reader, book scavenger hunts, reading cafes, testing the temperature of porridge and so much more. We have had such a lovely day!

Gateshead Library w/c 06.02.23


This week, UKS2 have been visiting Gateshead Library. As part of the library sessions, we have been focusing on AF6! We had the opportunity to write a book review based on the books we have been reading. We also had the opportunity to get new books from the library to read during the rest of the Spring term! 




KS1 Reading Cafe

31st January 2023 


A HUGE thank you to all the parents/carers that came to our KS1 Reading Café this afternoon. We had some lovely positive feedback in regards to how useful it was to watch a RWI lesson and learn how to support your child at home. After, the children then spent time with their parents/carers reading books from our school library whilst drinking juice and easting biscuits. 

EYFS- Some early reading and reading skills in Nursery and Reception. From eye tracking to green words.

KS2 Reading

Joseph Seigal


What a great afternoon KS2 had listening to Joseph Segal reading some of his amazing new book Yapping Away! The children loved listening to some of his poetry and had some good laughs along the way. KS2 enjoyed finding out what inspired him to write and become a poet!

KS1 Reading



The children have continued to love taking home the reading suitcases. They have had so much fun sharing the stories with their family whilst having some treats. Take a look at the fun we have had!

Friday 2nd December

KS1 author visit


On Friday 2nd December, KS1 were fortunate enough to welcome Elizabeth Green, an author, into our school to share her new book with the children. Her new book is called ‘The Adventures of Detective Dopeyworth’ and looks to be a brilliant read! During the session, she shared how she came up with her ideas to write the book and how the pictures were illustrated. The children also had the opportunity to buy a signed book. It was great having an author into school, we all really enjoyed it. 

KS1 Gateshead Library

Monday 28th November


We had our first visit to Gateshead Library this afternoon and the children became book detectives. They had to find different pictures or words in each book. They learnt how to find non-fiction books using a book catalogue finder and I was really impressed at how good they were. We then all got to choose one book to take back to school to read for pleasure. We had a great time and we can't wait to visit again! 

UKS2 Reading book Bags

Autumn term 22


UKS2 have loved taking home the Emoji Reading book bag over the Autumn term. The children have really enjoyed writing about their favourite books and have written some amazing book reviews to share with the class. They've also particularly enjoyed having a hot chocolate and biscuits whilst reading at home! Take a look below at the amazing reviews! 

KS1 Reading Suitcases

21st October 2022


We have had so much fun taking the Reading Suitcases home this half term. The children have enjoyed sharing their stories with their teddies whilst having hot chocolate and biscuits. Take a look at some of the photos.

UKS2 Reading Cafe!



This week, UKS2 enjoyed taking part in a Reading Cafe! We enjoyed reading some of the new books we have for UKS2. As part of the session, we created some reading cafe menus with recommendations of new books!


We can't wait for the Autumn 2 reading cafes!

KS1 Reading Café 

Tuesday 18th October


We’ve had such a fun morning at the year 2 reading cafe! It was so lovely to have the opportunity to sit with our friends and share biscuits, juice and fruit while sharing a book. There was so many books from comics to novels to non fiction to picture books. We’ve been inspired to read more!

Key Stage 2 - Virtual Author - Robin Stevens

14th October 2022


Robin Stevens, author of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winning and bestselling MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE series joined us virtually in the classroom this week. Robin introduced us to her brand-new series THE MINISTRY OF UNLADYLIKE ACTIVITY. Robin shared her tips and tricks on how to write the perfect murder mystery as well as the inspiration behind her new team of detectives. We also got the chance to put our own sleuthing skills to the test, like any good detective!

UKS2- Gateshead Library

w/c 10th October 2022


UKS2 visited Gateshead Library this week! It was so nice to be back again after not being able to visit for so long due to Covid-19! During the library session, we learnt about the Dewey System that is used in a library for organising books. We then completed a Book Bingo game where we had the opportunity to explore lots of different books in the library. We then finished off the session by choosing a library book to take back to school. 

KS1 Virtual Author 

13th October 2023


Today, we had a virtual lesson online with Liz Pichon, author-illustrator of the much loved ‘Tom Gates’. We took part in a doodle along and were lucky enough to have her read part of her brand new story: Tom Gates happy to help. We came away feeling very inspired. Take a look at some of our fantastic doodles we did under Liz’s instruction.

LKS2- Reading Cafe

Wednesday 12th October 2022


A huge thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to the reading cafe on Wednesday. We were so pleased to have you back in school to share our love of reading and to give you tips and advice into how you can help your children with their reading at home. Please look out for the next Reading Cafe which will be happening in the Spring Term. 

Tuesday 11th October 2022

UKS2 Reading Cafe


Thank you to all the UKS2 parents who attended the UKS2 Reading Cafe today! It was great to see you in school and talk about reading!


In the session, we discussed some of the different strategies that parents can use to support their child with reading during Year 5 and Year 6. We also discussed in detail the different assessment strands we focus on in reading and discussed some of the different questions parents can ask to check their child's understanding of texts they have read. After this, we discussed the reading expectations during Year 6 SATs tests and parents were provided with some different tips to support children in the preparations for their end of KS2 SATs. We finished off the session having some time reading some of the amazing library books! We look forward to meeting again for the Spring Reading Cafe!


If you need any more tips for supporting your child, please speak to your child's class teacher or Miss Turner (Year 6).

Tuesday 4th October 2022

KS1 Reading Cafe


We had our first KS1 Reading Café today and it was so lovely to have parents back in our school again! It was a fantastic turnout so thank you so much to the parents that were able to make it. I shared different strategies to help support your child with reading and how reading is promoted within our school. The children then had the opportunity to share with their parents/carers a book and enjoy some quality time. All handouts have also been uploaded to the website so if you need any further advice please speak to either the class teacher or myself. Look out for the next Reading Café in Spring 1, we can’t wait to see you again!

Virtual Author (Julia Donaldson)


Friday 30th September


We had a virtual visit from Julia Donaldson this week and she shared one of her stories with us called 'The Baddies'. She also introduced her illustrator, Axel Scheffler, who showed us how to draw the characters for the Gruffalo! We had a great time trying to draw our own pictures of the Gruffolo. 

School Librarians

Monday 26th September 


The new school librarians have been elected for the new academic year and they are very excited to take up their important roles. These children have shown they have a passion for reading and would like to share their enthusiasm with the rest of the children in the school. They will be in the library most lunchtimes to ensure it looks appealing to our children and selecting new books for our library. We can't wait to see the positive impact they make! 

Reading Suitcases


Monday 12th September 2022


We are so excited to be able to send home the reading suitcases again! Our children, are looking forward to snuggling up with their teddy whilst drinking hot chocolate and eating some biscuits. Once the children have read the books, they will be writing a book review and sharing it with the rest of the class. We look forward to hearing about the books you have chosen! 

KS2 Reading Shed


Take a look at the new, revamped reading shed! The KS2 children can't wait to use this on a yard, during lunchtimes and during reading for pleasure times!

Saturday 8th October, Central Library, 11am


Gateshead Library are giving you a chance to meet an author for FREE! Tom Palmer has written many exciting books including the 'Football Academy' series and this would be an amazing opportunity for your child to participate in workshop and listen to snippets of his new book. Details are below of how to get tickets to the event! We hope you can go and we can't wait to hear all about it back at school! 


Join multi-award-winning author Tom Palmer as he talks about his new book and life under war time occupation Free, book in advance, suitable for ages 9+. 

Tickets: | t: 01914338420

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Calling all Gadgeteers! This summer, kids across Gateshead are encouraged to discover the amazing science and innovation that's all around us.


The Summer Reading Challenge 2022 begins in Gateshead's libraries and online on Saturday 9 July. The Challenge takes place every year with the aim of motivating children aged 4 to 11 to keep reading over the school holidays, helping to build their skills and confidence whilst keeping them entertained.

This year's theme is Gadgeteers, created in partnership with Science Museum Group. Through free packs available from all Gateshead libraries and online resources, participants will be inspired to appreciate and understand the science behind their interests - from fashion and technology to cooking and music.

The challenge will feature amazing books and the chance to win some awesome rewards including an exclusive MakerPlace workshop for up to six people, worth £100. There's also plenty of activities planned across Gateshead including:

  • Super Summer Coders: Take part in interactive, hands-on computing projects and learn how to code your own games, animations and more.
  • Make a Ring Wing Glider: Create and race your gliders inspired by NASA designs. See which design will fly the furthest and win the prize.
  • Spy Science Coding: Learn the art of spy craft as you create cyphers, programme code and test your memory skills.
  • Rocket Mice and Catapults: Create and make your catapult and rocket mouse.
  • Big Bang Science: Try some fizzing, popping hands-on experiments.
  • Draw with Liz Million: From skateboarding scientists to rusty rabbit robots.

As part of the programme, Gateshead Libraries are thrilled to welcome Nick Arnold, award-winning author of the Horrible Science series. Nick will be bringing his live science show to the Caedmon Hall at Gateshead Central Library on 16 August and pre-booking is essential, with tickets available now.

The full list of events and activities is available at

The Summer Reading Challenge is presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England. Find out more and sign up at

Book club 22.07.23


On behalf of myself and Hazel, we would just like to thank all the children that have attended book club this year. The money that has been contributed towards the fee for this club has gone directly back into our school library. The children who have attended the club have had their say on what books they would like to see in our school library. They have then been able to share these with their friends. Take a look at the books below which you'll see in our school library in September! Miss Brown


A huge well done to all the children who took part in the Easter Reading Project. It makes us so happy to hear that the love of reading is continuing at home and the children are keen to share their passion for books. Congratulations to Niamh, Eva and Gregor who have been awarded prizes for their incredible Reading Art Projects. Niamh's gingerbread house looked good enough to eat! Eva created a 'Garden of Reading' which contained lots of different books and Gregor mad a Diary of a Wimpy Kid model including characters and cheese!!!! Amazing work you three! We couldn't be prouder! 

Reading Poster Winners!

Thursday 3rd March 2022


Over the holidays, we asked the children to participate in a reading poster competition if they wished to. We had some AMAZING posters which are now proudly on display in our library. Each child won a £10 Waterstones gift card to buy themselves some new books. We can't wait to hear what books they buy!

World Book Day 

Thursday 3rd March 2022


For World Book Day 2022, we all had lots of fun wearing our PJs and having lots of discussions about books. The children across the school participated in 'The Masked Reader', Virtual Author sessions, second hand book swaps, reading cafes (with juice and biscuits ... yum, yum!) and lots more exciting activities. Take a look at some of the fun we had across the school below.

Masked Reader KS1

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The staff in KS1 have been disguised! Can you guess who is behind the mask and their favourite book?

Book Club

17th February 2022


This half term, we have ran our very first book club and what a HUGE success it has been. The children have absolutely loved it and can't wait to go to it again next half term. With the money that the children paid to attend book club, they were able to go on a shopping spree and purchase books they would like to see if the library. Once they arrived, the children that attended book club then went around the school to share with the rest of the children the purchases we have made. 

School Librarians

16th February 2022


We have some exciting news ... we have four new school librarians. These children are going to be in our library every lunch time and they are going to be thinking of some exciting ways we can promote reading in our school. 


Book Club

Spring 1


This half term, some children in key stage 2 have been enjoying coming along to book club after school on a Tuesday. The children are all absolutely loving it! They are getting to experience new genres of books and suggest books to their friends. Take a look at some of the photos to see how much fun we are having!

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!