Northside Primary School


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Reading Bingo

As you know, we usually create a Reading Bingo for the children to complete. This gives them the chance to try new books, authors and even different places to read and they also get to earn House Points. The child with the highest score then gets a prize. The children love taking part so we thought why not let the adults get involved too? Please feel free to complete these with your child for extra House Points. The Reading Bingo for the Spring term is up in the Key Documents of this page and the Summer Term version will be available after Easter. 


Request Box

Each class will has a box and some pieces of paper next to it so that if the children can think of something they would really like, they can write it down and pop it in the box. Then, when we are able to, we can buy books that the children have asked for!


Writing Top Tens

Each class has a list of Top Ten Tips to help when the children are writing. These are on this page and are also available on each class page. They are useful because they are broken down and written in a way that the children can access independently or with the help of an adult.

If the children use these as a checklist when writing, it is clear to see where the children are achieving what is expected of them for their age group but also to see where some improvements need to be made.

Please, feel free to download, print or save these and use them where necessary. It can also be useful to have a look at the previous year’s objectives so that you can work on any gaps as well as working in the current year group objectives. 


Reading Top Tens

Following the success of the Writing Top Tens, we have created some top tips to help support the children with their reading. These help the children to see what they need to be able to do to achieve the age-related expectations for their year group. The Reading Top Tens are available on your child's class page and they will also be in the Key Documents tab on this page. These have been designed to link to our Northside Reading Overview and are progressive through each year group. 



We are excited to share our newly developed Northside Curriculum. We have worked hard to ensure that objectives are progressive and that your Northside Values and Terrific Texts are at the core of our teaching and learning. All overviews are being used to plan lessons and they can all (Reading, Writing and Spelling) can be found in the Key Documents tab on this page. 


Northside Book Day

This year, we were able to celebrate World Book day on the actual day! As we were all in school, after almost two Book Days being spent at home, we took full advantage of this and got dressed up as our favourite book characters. The children also got involved in many exciting activities, including writing and publishing their own story books. 



Our English Policy includes all aspects of English-phonics and reading and writing. We have started using a new SSP Phonics programme called Little Wandle and information on that can be found in the blurb about Phonics at Northside on our Reading page. 


‘The EAL Teaching Book’-Staff Book Club Book

As a staff, we are forever learners and as part of that we read books to continually develop our understanding and practise. At the moment, we are reading ‘The EAL Teaching Book’ by Jean Conteh which has given us lots of ideas and things to implement in our classrooms. We are really enjoying discussing ideas about how to implement new strategies for teaching bilingual learners and look forward to introducing them in the coming term and new school year. 



Vocabulary is still a big focus for us and we are working hard to increase and develop the use of tier 2 and 3 vocabulary in our school. All classrooms have Word Walls and Knowledge Organiser displays where children can see and use the new words they come across and we have lessons about vocabulary in all subjects across the curriculum.

Each class has introduced a 'Word of the Day' to increase the children's vocabulary and many classes are using vocabulary bookmarks for the children to write down any new words they learn while reading during DEAR time. 

We have created a vocabulary overview so that you can see the vocabulary that will be taught in different subjects throughout the year and this is available on our curriculum page.