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Reading At Millennium

Research shows a significant improvement in reading skills when parents support children with reading at home. Please access your child's Collins account here


Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, has collaborated with Harper Collins to produce carefully matched phonics books to support children's early reading. Please click here to see how you can support your child with their reading at home and please click here for a short video of how to use the Collins ebook library. 

 Information about how we teach reading at Millennium 

At Millennium, we prioritise reading across the school and believe it is fundamental to success within our curriculum and beyond. Developing strong reading skills is key for all children to be able to access the full curriculum and to give them the best possible outcomes at all stages of their education and into their adult lives. We work hard to promote and embed a love of reading in every child.

In Reception and Year One, children learn to read through our Systematic, Synthetic Phonics Scheme: Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, and access to carefully matched Collins reading books, which give them the opportunity to practise the phonics they have learnt. The aim is for children to be successful and to realise early on that they are readers, which brings confidence and excitement to young children as well as a sense of accomplishment. In school, they have adult-led reading sessions throughout the week. Children are introduced to their new book, they learn to decode the words and ensure that they can start to build a level of fluency when reading it. We then focus on prosody (patterns of stress and intonation) and move onto developing children's comprehension of what is happening within the text. At school, children have paper versions of the book and at the end of all the adult-led school sessions an electronic version is set for the children to share with their parents at home. We ask all parents to support their child's reading development by listening to them read every day at home and by showing this by writing a short comment in their reading record to say how they have got on and where they need help. 

As the children move beyond the need for explicit phonics teaching, they begin whole class reading. For th emajority of children, this is in Year Two. We use carefully chosen texts, which build children's vocabulary and which, when appropriate, are linked to our History or science curriculum projects. Reading sessions are a combination of practising and continuing to develop fluency skills and prosody, as well as deepening the children's understanding of texts. Children have lots of opportunities for discussion, to work in groups as well as to express their thoughts in writing. Please click this link to see our Whole Class Reading Core Text Overview.

Our Whole Class Reading curriculum and our planning of lessons is based on  the reading content domains from the National Curriculum to ensure a broad coverage in our reading lessons. We also use 'Learning Ladders to ensure all National Curriculum objectives are taught.

In Key Stage One, these are: 

1a draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts

1b. identify/explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as characters, events, titles and information

1c. identify and explain the sequence of events in texts

1d. make inferences from the text

1e. predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

In Key Stage Two, these are: 

2a. give/explain the meaning of words in context

2b. retrieve and record information/identify key details from fiction and non-fiction

2c. summarise main ideas from the text/explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text

2d. make inferences from the text/explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text

2e. predict what might happen from details stated and implied

2f. identify/explain how information/narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole

2g. identify/explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases

2h. make comparisons with the text

Some of the ways we promote reading at Millennium to promote reading?

- We read daily with your child at school and add additional sessions for those who need them. 

- We expect children to read at home daily and to record this on the class 'Did you read last night' chart.

- We have bronze, silver and gold awards to  celebrate the number of times children practise reading at home. 30 times = bronze, 60 times = silver and 90 times = gold. 

- We celebrate reading through displays across the school.

- We invite authors into school to work with every child and share tips and stories with them. 

- We have book sales to encourage children to children to read new books and to raise money to be able to buy more books for school. 

- We have 'book character dress up days to help us celebrate World Book Day. 

- We have reading based assemblies. 

- We invite parents in for parent reading mornings. 

- We have author focuses to encourage children to read different types of books. 

-We share recommended reading lists.

...and new for 2023 we will be introducing the Millennium 100 Challenge

100 books and the challenge to read them all in your time at Millennium!!

 As the children