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Nottingham Primary Academy

Reading in Lessons

 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