At Millfields we wish to instil within our children a real love of reading, a love which will last them a lifetime.
Reading is an integral part of the curriculum but is also celebrated in many different ways during the week.
Every class throughout the school has a story read to them at the end of the day. These stories are carefully chosen to give the children a wide range of quality texts. They cover the 5 “Plagues of Reading.” These take the form of archaic texts, non-linear time sequences, stories which are narratively complex, texts which are symbolic/ figurative and those which are “resistant” ie they are written to deliberately resist easy meaning-making by readers. Each class will listen to at least one of these text types during the year.
Each week we have a “Reading Assembly.” Children in each key stage take it in turns to go into the hall and listen to a story / poem, read by an adult. Each of these texts has been carefully chosen for the vocabulary and quality of the texts. Most of them are award winning texts or have been written by award winning authors.
On alternate weeks our reading assemblies are in the classrooms. During these weeks children bring in one of their favourite books, on a rota basis, to share with the class. They talk to the class about why they like the book and part of the book is then read. Following this assembly the book is added to our “Recommended Reads” section of the next newsletter.
Parents are encouraged to share books with their children at home, reading stories to them and listening to them read.
We use Oxford Reading Tree as a base of books. All children will take home a book from the scheme and one chosen for interest from the school library. In the early stages of reading, the scheme book sent home with children will be one which is carefully matched to their phonics phase. These books should be read and re-read to enable the children to embed their learning.
We do hope that you will enjoy reading these books with your children as much as we do.