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At Ivy Road, we CAN!


The Reading scheme we use is:

The Oxford Reading Tree

Website link to Oxford Reading Tree



At Ivy Road, we believe that early, effective phonics teaching and learning is essential for achieving high attainment in reading and writing. We believe this can be achieved through high quality, discrete phonics teaching combined with a language rich environment that promotes a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ culture. Additionally, children’s confidence with phonics is integral to the curriculum and is used in all subject areas. All children are valued, respected and encouraged to take risks in order to achieve regardless of ability, race, gender, religion, social background, culture or disability


The Phonics scheme we use is:


Monster Phonics

Website link to Monster Phonics


At Ivy Road, we use DFE listed, Monster Phonics as a whole-class scheme. ‘Monster Phonics’ is a rigorous, systematic synthetic programme developed by Ingrid Connors, a primary teacher, phonics specialist and audiological scientist.  

Different to any other scheme, Monster Phonics uses colour to consistently code for key graphemes in English. Colour shows children how to pronounce the most difficult aspects of reading. It is unique in that it uses character (monster) phoneme cues and colour coding to represent the long vowel sounds, silent letters and tricky letters. With Monster Phonics, spellings are more memorable and learning to read and spell becomes exciting and fun! 

The innovative colour-coding system aims to accelerate learning to read and spell. It is the only scheme that uses colour coding for sound and audio-visual cues (monsters) to bring phonics teaching to life. Monster Phonics best supports children with dyslexia because it is by far the most multisensory scheme available.  

Visual learners benefit from the visual memory of colour in words. EAL learners have pronunciation support for every word that they learn. Monster Phonics highlights the existence of the open syllable spelling of long vowels A, E, I, O and U, such as in be, no, apron, open, me which many young learners misspell. 

In order to access these resources, you will need to follow the link below to the ‘Monster Phonics’ website to register.


Register for Monster Phonics

Where the form asks for an address, you should give school information as detailed below. Once this has been completed, you will be given your own specific login for the site.

School Address

Ivy Road Primary School

Ivy Road

Forest Hall

NE12 9AP


Your child’s class teacher will set the stage that they are working at and these will be the materials that you are able to access. We ask that you access these at least two times a week with your child to support their learning within school and record this in their comments book.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.



Ways to support your child’s learning at home:

Ivy Road Primary School

Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 9AP


Telephone: 0191 268 8851