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. To achieve this, we offer a rigorous phonics programme for those children that still need support to decode, alongside a range of strategies to support decoding and comprehension. All classes across the key stage teach our ‘Daily Reading Strategies’, which are comprised of phonics, cumulative blending, sound buttons and ‘Fred Fingers’ and these are designed to enhance our rich reading curriculum and ensure that all children are able to access it.
Reading opportunities have been carefully planned into all curriculum subjects to ensure that children practise and rehearse their decoding and comprehension skills throughout their school day. In addition, the School Library Service provides us with high quality key texts to support and enhance our curriculum.