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Newark Hill Academy


Reading is key to unlock your child's potential.  We strongly recommend that you listen to your child read at home on a daily basis to further develop the learning. 


Reading Overview

We have high expectations for children with their reading and expect all children to read at home and in school. On our school website you can find a section called ‘Help with Homework’ which has lots of ways you can help your child with reading. Please hear your child read as often as you can. 

Here is a video which shows how to you can share a book with your child and get the best learning from it.



Reading books

We have two libraries in the academy.  We have a 'Learn to Read' library and 'The Woodland Library' which is for confident readers and we use Accelerated Reader to enhance this. Our Junior Librarians maintain and restock our library with exciting new titles.  

Reading at home

In Early Years to Year 4, all children have a log in to Reading Eggs/ Reading Eggspress. Class teachers have access to their log in details and can support and monitor usage. This programme is individual to each child and their stage of reading. There are games and activities to develop phonics, vocabulary building, grammar and comprehension. It has a huge online library of books suitable for the child’s age and stage of learning. It is expected that children in these year groups use this program out of school unless they have permission not to by their class teacher. 

Occasionally books may be sent home for children to read. These books will be placed in a safe area when being returned to the school and wiped before being used by other pupils.

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 will continue to read their books in school and out.


Flip Reading

All children are being trained on using Flip to upload their weekly reading clip. We already have lots of pupil experts who regularly sent videos during the lockdown period and they will be helping to train others. You will be given a step by step guide on how to upload their videos.


Reading in the classroom

Staff at the school will hear your child read. We will sit side by side and will not touch their book. We do not have paper reading records this year. Parents and teachers can communicate via email to best support your child with reading.


Formal Assessments

We will continue to follow the national curriculum and assessments timeline. This year there are a few changes. Formal assessments in reading will happen throughout the year.

EYFS- Baseline assessments in September

Year 1- Phonic screening in June 2021

Year 2- Phonics screening in November 2020 and KS1 National Curriculum Assessment in May 2021

Year 3,4,5- Staggered testing of reading comprehension throughout the school year

Year 6- KS2 National Curriculum Assessment in May 202


If you have any questions about reading, please contact your child’s teacher if you have any concerns. Alternatively I am available to help and can be contacted by email at