At Mill Rythe we recognise how vital reading is in helping us to understand the world around us. In order to access learning, children need to be able to read fluently. All the time that reading is hard and not fluent, children’s brains are taken up recalling their phonic knowledge and decoding strategies and are not solely focused on understanding the words on the page.
Our intention is to ensure that all children at Mill Rythe become fluent and confident readers in order to improve children’s comprehension and enjoyment of a wide range of texts.
At Mill Rythe we prioritise and celebrate reading. Each class has a termly class reader with carefully chosen texts in each year group and we have a dedicated ‘read for pleasure’ slot in our timetable each week. We carefully plan in opportunities for reading across a range of genres and subjects, from PE lessons to Design Technology, so that children read for both pleasure and information.
In addition, each year group has 8 ‘Must Reads’ and it is expected that all children will have read and enjoyed all eight by the end of each school year.