We love books!

 Initial exploration of books and sensory stories, learning the phonic code, listening to stories, reading independently or engaging with the classics; reading is an important part of life at Abbey Hill Academy.

Reading is highly personalised and to ensure all our children love books, we invest a lot of time choosing reading materials and activities that suit the individual.

Students accessing our pre and semi-formal curriculums are immersed in stories and texts that help them make sense of the world around them. Some learners are ready for systematic phonics teaching and this is planned carefully to ensure success at a pace that works for the individual.

Students accessing our formal curriculum experience quality reading instruction every day. The first lesson of each day (Tuesday-Friday) is dedicated to ‘Reading’.  Students work with specialist staff in small groups, accessing bespoke, research-informed programmes.

Reading stage




Access to sensory stories and a wide range of amazing picture books and multisensory experiences.

Read, Write, Inc. phonic based activities when ready, focusing on letter sounds.

Pre Key Skill

Early readers

Read, Write, Inc. For students beginning to build words and read simple sentences.

Key Skill 1

Specific reading difficulties Toe by Toe supports students with specific literacy difficulties who need a focused intervention to develop their reading skills. Key Skill 2-4
Readers Rising Stars ‘Dockside’ is an age appropriate reading scheme for students beginning to read words and simple sentences.

Level 1- Key Skill 1

Level 2- Key Skill 1

Level 3- Key Skill 2

Level 4- Key Skill 2

Level 5- Key Skill 2

Level 6- Key Skill 3

  Rapid Plus is an age appropriate reading scheme for students developing vocabulary through a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.

Stages 3-9- Key Skill 1-4

(reading ages 6.6-9.6)

  SRA scheme levels A, B1, B2, C supports students phonic, reading fluency and comprehension skills.

SRA A (orange)- Key Skill 1-2

SRA B1 (blue)- Key Skill 2- 3

SRA B2 (pink) - Key Skill 3-4

SRA C (green) - Key Skill 4-5

  Experienced readers access the Key Stage 2 and 3 suggested reading list; analysing characters and story themes and studying plays. Key Skill 4+
  Experienced readers’ plus explore and discuss a range of carefully chosen novels from the Key Stage 3 and 4 reading list in preparation for Key Stage 5. Key Skill 6+

At every stage, we believe in the importance of hearing wonderful stories read aloud by an adult. Our curriculum is planned to enrich our student’s experiences of books and literature.   

We have a school library that students can access at any time. We carefully guide and encourage reading for pleasure.

See our twitter feed and our student life section for current recommended reads.

Visit Drake the bookshop to find the perfect gift.

Abbey Hill Academy
Ketton Road
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8BU

Tel: 01642 677113

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