Sugar Hill Primary School

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Sheraton Road, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 5NU


Sugar Hill Primary School

'Learning and Growing Together'

“Literacy is one of the greatest gifts a person could receive.” Jen Selinsky

Reading, Reading, Reading!!

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read” Mary McLeod Bethune

Reading is the door to creativity, to visualisation and to greater knowledge; it is the gateway to fantastic, impossible realms, planets and worlds. This is why our reading curriculum has been very carefully established. We consider our teaching of reading to have four distinct, but equally important, strands:

  • Developing positive attitudeswe are passionate about developing a culture for a love of reading across the school.
  • Early reading & phonics – our programme ensures that our children develop the skills to enable them to decode words and become fluent readers.
  • Sugar Hill Reading Spine - developed to offer our children the opportunity to explore a wide variety of texts of great quality and significance.
  • ‘Reading that means something’A sequential programme of skills to ensure that children develop understanding of texts as they become fluent readers.

Oracy and Performance

"If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skilfully, you can work miracles.” John Rohn

At Sugar Hill we believe that oracy and performance are key in all areas of learning. As well as ensuring that progression is sequential across school, we carefully plan various communication tasks and activities to ensure that our children have ample opportunities to practise and develop their skills in this area. 


“Writing is the painting of the voice.”  Voltaire

At Sugar Hill we endeavour to create a love for literacy. We want every child to leave school with the skills of an excellent writer. Our writing programme includes a comprehensive progression of skills across the school in the following areas:

  • Word
  • Composition
  • Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
  • Phonics / spelling
  • Presentation