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At New Village, we believe that reading is a key.

A child who can read has the key to life and to the world we live in; with all its wonders, opportunities and experiences.

At New Village, we pledge to make reading at the heart of all we do so that children are able to immerse themselves in the myriad wonders and opportunities that reading has to offer.

Our core aims when teaching children to read are to:

  • Build confident readers by allowing children to develop and succeed in a supportive and celebratory learning environment
  • Give children access to the pleasures and benefits of reading so that they can enjoy the excitement, imagination and exhilaration of a great fiction or marvel at the wonders and revelations that non-fiction can share
  • Create fluent and accurate readers with good reading stamina and speed
  • Develop children’s language skills, expand and enrich their vocabulary and encourage a love of the English language
  • Create reflective, comprehending and thoughtful readers who think about the meaning, understand the purpose and consider the impact of the literature they read
  • Allow access to real life and the wider world, so that they may contribute to society, study, research and continue to learn throughout their lives



At New Village we not only teach children to read but to also enjoy reading and to be able to access the assessments that they will face through primary school. All children will have the opportunity to access a range of fiction and non-fiction which provide a suitable challenge for their age range.

The teaching of reading follows a program of delivery from Year 1 to Year 6 that is adhered to in all classes week on week. Teaching and learning also takes into account the information teachers take from pupil observations, marking, formative assessment, summative assessments and question level analysis See the source image

Day 1: shared reading with a focus upon language and vocabulary

Day 2: shared reading with a focus upon retrieval and comprehension

Day 3: shared reading with a focus upon inference and deduction

Day 4: independent reading task /activity (based upon the previous days foci)

Day 5: assess and review leading to shared edit and improve



All lessons provide opportunities for children to work with a talk partner to discuss, develop and refine their answers and to allow them to challenge and question their peers’ answers and responses. Talk partners also allow constructive review of own and others’ learning and allows children to make amendments and edits to improve. The teacher uses talk partners to ascertain the quality of learning taking place

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There is an agreed list of ‘essential’ language that all staff will use when teaching. This ensures that there is consistency in the language that all staff use across the school and allows pupils to develop and deep understanding of the essential language of reading

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All marking and feedback will be timely and support the pupil moving their learning forwards. No misconceptions will be allowed to stand – these will be tackled and clarified by either the teacher or teaching assistant.

Teacher marking will be in black pen. Pupil or peer marking will be in purple pen.

Marking will always identify strengths and areas for further development or rehearsal



  • These non-negotiables were agreed by the staff and the pupils as being essential components and tools needed to achieve the New Village Reading Ethos.
  • All children will have a reading book and a reading record that they are able to read in school and at home. The reading book will be accessible but offer challenge at the child’s level
  • Children will be read to each day by an enthusiastic, animated adult who inspires a love of reading
  • Children will read every day and be exposed to, and have access to, a wide range of high-quality texts and genres from a wide variety of authors and eras
  • All literature will be used as a tool to enrich and expand pupils’ vocabulary, to explain words, phrases and meanings, and to facilitate pupils’ exposure to higher-level vocabulary
  • Children will be taught to read following the school’s reading framework. New Village will use a systematic and dynamic literacy programme rooted in phonics to give children the skills to read accurately and fluently and to build reading stamina.
  • Through the curriculum and the school’s reading framework, children will be taught to be readers: to comprehend what they have read, to infer meaning and deduce connotations, to interpret information, make predictions and establish the meaning and impact of words and phrases.
  • Children will review and edit their own work, make corrections and complete challenges: this will be done in purple pen
  • Staff will mark all chilrens’ work in a timely and appropriate manner – in line with the school’s Marking and Feedback Policy. No misconception will be allow to stand.
  • Pupils work will be chronologically ordered, have a date, a title, a focus, be on the agreed template and clearly show increased challenge and progress over each half term
  • All literature and texts shared with children will be accessible but offer appropriate and personalised challenge
  • All classrooms will be language-rich and have a range of resources to support reading including dictionaries and thesauruses to support pupils at their different levels
  • Children will be taught to access reading tests and National Tests and will be supported to build their confidence in doing so. Summative reading assessments will take place half termly
  • All classrooms will have a reading area that inspires children to read
  • All classrooms will have a Literacy Learning Wall and VCOP Learning Wall