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 and all the time that reading is hard and not fluent, children’s brains are taken up recalling phonic knowledge and strategies and are not solely focused on the teaching and learning taking place.
Therefore, our intention is to ensure that all children at Mill Rythe become fluent and confident readers.
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.
We have a well-stocked library, extensive class libraries and our children have access to a huge range of reading material at school. They also have access to our ‘Eplatform’ where children can choose from a huge range of ebooks and audiobooks.
We expect all children to read widely and often and they are expected to read at least 5 times a week for 15 minutes each time. Every child has their own ‘Reading Star Journal’ where their efforts are recorded and all readers are rewarded for their effort. These are collected in and marked each week.
We hold regular Parent Workshops to support parents with reading strategies that they can use at home and to signpost additional resources.
We have a Scholastic Book Fair coming to Mill Rythe on Tuesday 8th December. Please see the Wise Owl Book Club page in the Parents section for more information about our new savings scheme.