The ability to read and interpret written language is a fundamental skill that enables access to the curriculum. Reading is essential for life-long learning and fluency of reading is a key indicator for future success in further education, higher education and employment. Therefore, our reading strategy is a key component in preparing our pupils as they move through the key stages and continue their journey towards adulthood.

The intended aim of our reading strategy is;

To prioritise reading using a wide range of engaging learning opportunities enabling pupils to make progress towards achieving their personalised reading goals, foster a love of reading and equip them with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to become successful lifelong readers.

Our NBA Reading Strategy 2021-22 can be found here.

At Nigel Bowes Academy we have developed a concept model showing how we teach reading and how our children learn to read:


Reading for Pleasure: We love to read and we promote a love of reading. We recognise that reading for pleasure has a significant impact on a child’s wider personal development e.g. reading can reduce stress, promote empathy, fire imagination and stimulate memory.

Language Comprehension: The way in which we make sense of words, sentences and the wider language we hear or read.

Word Reading: Reading unfamiliar words (words that have not been decoded before) by saying the sounds corresponding to the letters in the words and then blending the sounds together.


To support phonics and reading development we use Read, Write, Inc. For more information please visit

For more information about our Curriculum, parents/carers can contact their child’s class teacher or the Vice Principal.