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The Teaching of Reading at New Waltham Academy


Staff at New Waltham Academy believe that encouraging children to read for enjoyment is key to their success as a reader. Teachers choose specific texts which will excite the children and motivate them to want to read more. Our children become fluent, confident and independent readers with our systematic phonic programme at the heart of their success as well as stimulating and engaging reading corners in every classroom to promote reading for pleasure. Children are expected to read regularly at home including a variety of different text types- this should include range of Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry. Children in Year 6 encourage a love of reading by taking on the role of Reader Leaders with EYrs, Yr 1 and 2.


Specific year group teaching of reading.



Books are chosen to go alongside their project during the term. They have a book of the week that is read during story time in session and each book has chosen focus words - these are exaggerated to the children and the children are taught the meaning of the words. The books can be used in a variety of ways; the practitioner chooses how they are going to explore the book with the children, they sometimes read the words in the book, or look solely at the pictures and look at what can be seen, puppets can also be used to tell the story. A range of songs and nursery rhymes are sung during session times.


Early Years

The format for reading is similar to Nursery in that every week we have a 'Book of the Week' (this book is chosen as it fits in with our topic/ theme –( Nursery and EY2 pre-plan these books when they plan our project) and they link it to their continuous provision (i.e. - if we do Elmer, we will have Elmer role play, story sequencing cards, puppets etc as part of our enhanced provision). From the chosen book, they discuss key points such as author, illustrator and key vocabulary (like Nursery, Early Years pick a couple and learn to recognise them through sight in addition to looking at their definition). These books are revisited throughout the week, and in the child's independent learning in free-flow.

In the Summer, Early Years focus on fairy tales and traditional tale narratives in order to support the children's writing and preparation for Year 1 expectations – supporting a gained knowledge of narrative features in their writing. Related to the traditional tales, they not only read them, but they become the focus of their 'talk for writing' sessions - where the children create a collaborative story map and act the story (again, focusing on key language, time-narratives, narrative phrases). There are also books in all areas of our provision encouraging all children to be exposed to a selected text that supports all learning. On our facts of the day board, we have a 'guess the nursery rhyme’ picture., nursery rhymes and stories are focussed on in story-time. In guided reading, we focus further develop phonic skills (CVC word reading, rhyming activities, tricky words, phonic reading books etc). 

In Key Stage 1, reading is taught through a daily phonics programme and daily guided reading sessions which are used to develop children’s reading vocabulary and confidence in all curriculum areas. Quality fictions texts (linked to the project of the term) are used as the vehicle to deliver writing lessons which further engage the children.

Through discussion and rich questioning, using quality fiction and non-fiction, children are taught the skills needed to interpret and understand a range of texts. These comprehension skills enable children to become purposeful, active readers and develop a lifetime love of books and reading. . Every class has a class book (which teachers read to children each week) and these are linked to the project of the term and are carefully selected to continue to develop a love of reading as well as reading skills.



In Key Stage 2, reading is primarily taught through guided reading and whole class teaching as well as a weekly comprehension lesson which focus on understanding, deduction and inference skills. Each class has its own library of books that have been carefully selected – these include a variety of authors where children can choose to read a wide range of texts. Every class has a class book (which teachers read to children each week) and these are linked to the project of the term and are carefully selected to continue to develop a love of reading as well as reading skills.


Books selected 2018-19 and current academic year can be requested from school.