Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery, Seaton Avenue, Houghton Le Spring, Sunderland, DH5 8EH

0191 500 5956

Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery

Proud to be part of Aim High Academy Trust


At Gillas Lane Academy we believe that a secure understanding of reading, writing and speaking and listening is the foundation for all learning. We endeavour to ensure all children leave Gillas Lane Academy with an understanding that is at least in line with National Expectations. We do this in the following ways:


We use Read Write Inc resources to ensure children have a good understanding of letters and their sounds. We closely link reading sounds to writing them. Throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (and beyond where necessary), children access a daily phonics lesson that involves both hearing and recording sounds.

We use a range of scheme reading books to support reading. These include Oxford Reading Tree and Read Write Inc. All children are expected to read to an adult at home every night.

During English lessons, there is an equal focus on both reading and writing. Children often read texts as a whole class.



Writing is directly linked to children’s reading. A variety of genres are covered each term and children have the opportunity to write, receive feedback and then redraft their work.

Children are given the opportunity to write for a variety of reasons and purposes.


Speaking and Listening

At Gillas Lane Academy, we understand that children arrive at school with varied knowledge and understanding of language, whether this be English, or another native language. We build on children’s knowledge and understanding through our use of stem sentences and encourage repetition of correct sentence structure.



We were thrilled to hear that Mrs Straughan was selected as the winner of the Lord Glenamara Memorial Award for Excellence in English. She received this letter of congratulations from Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education. It is wonderful that the way we teach English at Gillas Lane has been recognised as being best practice.