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Nottingham Primary Academy

Reading in Lessons

We want to encourage a genuine love of reading and believe that this will extend and stretch our children’s ability to learn across the whole currciulum. A love of books, words and reading for the simple pleasure of it, we believe, is vital for children to become life-long learners. As such, every class places a high emphasis on ‘Reading for Pleasure’ each day where books are read together, discussed and enjoyed as a group.

Whole Class Books

Each class has a whole class book which is read at least three times a week. This is time for children to enjoy books together with their teacher while providing language rich experiences and opportunities to develop vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Books being read by each class are displayed outside every classroom.


Book Club

Nottingham Academy Book Club runs at events at the Academy throughout the year. All the books are brand new and are a fraction of the recomended retailers price (RRP). 

The book club is usually held in the dining room with books ranging from £1 to £3. A wide range of popular children's books are stocked including: 

  • Roald Dahl
  • Horrid Henry 
  • Dork Diaries
  • Jacqueline Wilson 
  • Activity Books
  • Fiction and Non Fiction 

Look out for the Book Club at Parents Evenings, the Christmas Fair, Summer Fair and lots more events, a letter will be sent home with pupils to let you know which events you can buy books from. 


 Whole Class Reading

Whole class reading takes place from year 2 - year 6 on a daily basis. Texts chosen by each cohort are age related and where possible linked to the curriculum or the year group’s half termly author. A mixture of short texts and chapter books are used covering a wide range of genres.

During these lessons ,children have the opportunity to listen to the texts being read by the teacher, read the text aloud to the class, read to the teacher and to read with a partner. Teachers plan and model activities covering the different reading skills, followed by children having a go at answering a range of questions and activities independently or with support. There are lots of opportunities to discuss  new vocabulary and for children to discuss their opinions about what they have read. Visual icons are used for display and in lessons so the children are clear on the skill they are learning.

Decode: Word Reading. Using strategies to decode unknown word. Reading for meaning.

Explain: Discussing vocabulary in context and understanding of whole texts

Retrieve: Skimming and scanning  to find out key information in the text including summarising.

Interpret: Inference skills with a emphasis on using evidence

Choice: Focus on author’s choice of words and layout

Viewpoint: Understanding the author’s opinion of a text.

Predict: Making an informed guess about what might happen next

Perform: Opportunities to learn poems and phrases of texts by heart. To read aloud to an audience.

Review: opportunities to discuss  texts, compare books, give written and oral opinions and recommendations

 Reading Fluency

We think it is important that children have the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression. Fluency is important because it helps children to recognise and understand text. When fluent readers read silently, they recognize words automatically. They group words quickly to help them gain meaning from what they read. Fluent readers read aloud effortlessly and with expression. Their reading sounds natural, as if they are speaking.  To help children learn how to become a fluent reader they follow the 6 Ps when reading.


Vary your voice in tone, pitch, and volume


Emphasising key words to reflect the meaning of the text.


Long pause for a full stop. Shorter pause for a comma.


Raised tone for a question? and ! Adhering to (); ...etc


Reading smoothly with a strong rhythm (not too slow or too fast and without having to self correct)


Clear expression appropriate to the text type.


 Reading Searchlights

During any reading activity, children throughout the school use a reading skill hand to remind them of all the different strategies they can use if they come across a familiar word or phrase.

•Use pictures - look for visual clues to work out what the word is.

•Before and after - read the sentence before the unknown word and after to see if they can work out its meaning.

•Think about the text - thinking about what type of text it is

•Break it up - Look for words within words, prefixes and suffixes

•Sound it out - using phonetic skills to decode the word

Focus Authors for Each Year Group

Each year group has an author of focus for every half term. The purpose of this is to broaden the authors and illustrators children are exposed to and encourage children's reading for pleasure. Books from these authors are shared as class reading books and may be part of literacy and reading curriculum. At the start of the half term children research the author and their books and produce a poster for display. Click here to read more about this terms authors.

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5 
Year 6
Reading Competitions

We have lots of opportunities to enter competitions related to reading, and reading events see the links below to read about recent competitions. 

World Poetry Day Competion 

Winter Poetry Competition 

Hoodwinked Competition 

Libraries and Learning Zones

Across the school there are lots of inviting places and spaces for children to find a wide variety of fiction and non- fiction books. There are library spaces across the school for all year groups to use and every classroom has a comfortable reading zone where children can choose a book to enjoy.





Below are some useful documents which outlines in detail what is taught in each year group.